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Introduction to IoT

In recent times, the term internet of things has received a lot of attention - rightly so. The proliferation of the internet as means of communication has given rise to many possibilities that were hitherto nonexistent. The speed of internet connections currently, makes it possible to support conventional communication and even handle data generated by many other devices. On their own, many recent devices[at home or in a factory] are smart; that is they can make decisions based on time and or environment due to their sensors. It hasn't always been the case. Before now, devices were independent and "dumb". They depended on human intervention to act.

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However, in the age we have ushered in, all of these have changed. These days devices are not only able to make decisions on their own, they can talk to each other! We have been greeted and have lived with general purpose computers being connected to each other for the purpose of communication. We termed it the internet.

We have lived with certain devices in our offices, factories, homes and other places we find ourselves. These devices qualify as things; we refer to them as 'it'. These devices now talk to each other and make decisions. These things transmit data they gather to other things they are connected to.

It simply follows that the interconnection of devices for the purpose of data communication gives rise to an Internet of Things! When your mobile phone is able to send data on your current location (which is near your house) to your microwave oven to warm your food, that is the internet of things right at work. It is no alien term. The devices that take a part of this internet are IoT devices.

Author
Rene Novor X.K
Mor-Lan Technologies.

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