Internet of Things or IoT has taken device connectivity to another level! The technology has enabled billions of smart devices across the globe to connect, through the internet. By 2025, at least 41.6 billion devices are expected to be communicating with each other. In the process, these devices, from the minutest entity to a giant machine like the airplane have become a part of the IoT network.
Think of it like a complicated intricate web where every sensor-enabled device is present, gathering data from its surroundings, sharing the same within devices, and with their human counterparts. Thus, IoT can be perceived as an invisible structure that interconnects human beings with smart devices to facilitate better living and enhanced decision-making. Today, cities and towns across the world are inter-related like never before; all thanks to this revolutionary technology called the Internet of Things.
The dream of living in smart homes, working in smart offices, and being a resident of smart cities is now getting realized as the scope of the technology expands and increases to touch all gamuts of our lives. The utility sector at the moment is the largest user of IoT, followed closely by the security sector (think webcams and other smart intruder detection systems). Three sectors that are fast adopting this technology are – Building automation, the automobile industry, and the healthcare industry.
Industrial IoT options exist as industry-specific devices and vertical-specific devices. IoT sensors play an important role in how the technology works and develops. Manufacturers add sensors to obtain real-time data that can be analyzed for making systems agile, productive, and responsive.