The “Internet of things” (IoT) is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and outside of it. It’s a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we live but also how we work.
So what is the IoT? Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig.
These IoT objects are capable of listening and learning, tracking, communicating, and even predicting our behaviours, whether it’s adjusting the temperature of a room when motion detectors sense someone’s home or generating data about the structure of a bridge to prevent a major disaster. From being able to turn a sprinkler system on when the weather has been dry, to offering a discount on brakes when a car’s brake pad sensor detects it’s time for replacing, creatively using the data that the IoT gathers is the key to unlocking this new tech trend.
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