Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Internet of Things: The Story So Far

The combination of embedded technologies, wired and wireless communications and low cost sensing devices on the Internet make up the Internet of Things (IoT). With an expected 50 billion connected things by 2020, this has created huge interest. Predating the current situation in the IoT were RFID technologies for identifying real world objects, (wireless) sensor and actuator networks.

The most recent progress in IoT has resulted from industry and consumer market interest in connected sensing devices. Several products have been introduced for sports and activity monitoring, personal health monitoring (and the associated Quantified Self movement) and other consumer and retail markets. There is also a new trend of Internet and mobile software and services for monitoring and controlling personal devices and home appliances. However, these products rely on vertical and proprietary solutions that have limited interoperability with other devices and services.

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