What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

It is likely that you have seen the term "Internet of Things" (IoT) used in articles you've read and more broadly in the media. The term is being used regularly, but what does it mean? Why is it important to you? We'll cover the definition, its importance in the technology landscape, and the potential impact IoT could have on the future of life and work.

What is IoT?

In the simplest terms, the Internet of Things is a powerful concept in which any device with an on or off switch can be connected to the internet and to other connected devices. The IoT is a giant network of connected things and people, all which collect and share data on how they are used.

When we say the IoT includes "things" we are speaking about an astounding (incalculable, really) number of objects. Cell phones, tablets, and wearable devices may come immediately to mind when thinking of this concept. But the IoT also includes common household items like speakers, lamps, coffee makers, washing machines, and countless others. Self-driving cars are the latest in the list of everyday connected items to join the Internet of Things.

Why is IoT Important?

IoT's importance in today's landscape cannot be overstated. The IoT touches nearly everything we do; it exists in our homes, our workplace, our cars, and nearly every other location we visit. It creates efficiencies in the way we operate in our everyday lives and ultimately makes it easier for us to accomplish nearly every task we undertake. It has been referred to as "the most important development of the 21st century," and helps reduce the amount of human effort needed in many aspects of life.

What is IoT's Potential Impact?

Given IoT's proliferation into every corner of our world, and the rapid pace with which it has done so, the Internet of Things has the potential to have an immense impact on our lives. Analytics data can be accessed and analyzed faster and more accurately than before the IoT was developed. Manufacturing processes are optimized as a result of the Internet of Things; costs are reduced, and quality is improved across products. The IoT could revolutionize the healthcare industry through remote patient monitoring, and even remotely administering medication.

We are living in an exciting time as the IoT begins to transform the way we do business. Being so connected has countless benefits, but also requires a strong technology partner who understands the happenings and trends in the digital world. AJTC can help you or your business realize the benefits of IoT and how it will revolutionize the way business is done. Contact AJTC today to learn more about IT security and other services. You may also visit AJTC here or reach us at 708.942.8200.

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