Getting Started with the Internet of Things

Learn what comprises an IoT solution

Posted: January 10, 2017
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Introduction

As often is the case in information technology there are new ways of referring to old concepts that have matured - this the case with the Internet of Things (IoT).

Wired devices have communicated use signaling to exchange information since the early 20th century. For the last few decades the term machine to machine (M2M) has referred to the direct point-to-point communication between devices using a channel, originally wired and more recently cellular. M2M communication typically includes the collection of industrial sensor data to an application software that processes it. First example of this was the caller ID system back in 1968 which was later patented in 1973.

If we understand that the internet connects things, traditionally computers to other computers, then the IoT is the process of connecting items such as a car, bridge, refrigerator, farm, air-conditioning unit, or just about any object by adding sensors, compute capability, and attaching them to the internet. Doing so it considered making the thing smart - as smart phone, smart thermostat, etc.

Nowadays we have a convergence of several technologies which is going to accelerate the adoption of IoT:

IoT environment anatomy

The elements to an IoT solution:

The core components of an IoT solution include:

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Posted: January 10, 2017
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