IOT for layman
We hear a lot about IoT, or internet of things nowadays. However, many are still not aware what it is actually, what it does and what its benefits are. So let’s try and see what IoT means to a layman.
What is the Internet of Things?
The internet of things is a system where physical objects have electronics, software, sensors and connectivity embedded in them, which enables them to improve their performance through the interchange of information with other connected devices, the operator or manufacturer.
Computing devices are connected to machines, animals or people, and data is collected and sent over a network to a central database without the need for human interaction.
A ‘thing’ in the internet of things can be:
A patient with a pacemaker implant with data being transmitted
A cow or sheep on a farm carrying a biochip transponder
A car with inbuilt sensors to alert the driver to any of numerous hazardous situations
Any other living or nonliving object that can be given an IP address and given the technology that enables it to transfer data over a network
Till very recently, computers, and consequently, the internet – were nearly fully dependent on human beings for collecting and accessing information; almost all the information available online was initially collected and/or created by people who typed, scanned barcodes, or took pictures and recorded videos.
IOT for layman
However human beings are more prone to make errors, and they have limited time at their disposal, and short attention spans. Therefore, if we solely depend on human beings for data capture in the real world, we would be beset by problems. Automating the process would diminish the scope for errors greatly and allow organizations real time visibility into their operations – thereby cutting costs, increasing efficiency and profitability. It is expected that by the year 2018, over 9 billion devices will be connected
IOT supply chain logistics visibility
We see the most common use of iot in transportation and logistics, healthcare, energy, agriculture and building management; the implementation of IoT in supply chain management has enabled companies to provide faster and better service to customers, resulting in minimal wastage and increased revenues.
It’s a combination of automation, visibility, instant analytics and cloud computing; by offering organizations more intelligence, tracking and real time data, they can take on the spot decisions remotely to prevent wastage of fuel, resources and products, improve efficiency of employees and vehicles, and ensure quick and efficient delivery, timely intervention (in healthcare) and so on.
Fun Fact: Though the name ‘internet of things’ was officially used since 1999, the concept has been around for much longer – since the early ‘80s, in fact. The first appliance was a Coke dispenser at Carnegie Melon University. By connecting the machine over the internet, programmers were able to check the machine’s inventory and check if there was a drink available; if there wasn’t one, they wouldn’t make the trip to the machine! IOT for layman.
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