What is IoT?
DEFINING THE INTERNET OF THINGS
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to a system of interrelated, internet-connected objects able to collect and transfer data over a wireless network without human intervention.
An Internet of Things ‘thing’ can refer to a connected medical device, a biochip transponder (think livestock), a solar panel, a connected automobile with sensors that alert the driver to a myriad of possible issues (fuel, tire pressure, needed maintenance, and more) or any object, outfitted with sensors, that has the ability to gather and transfer data over a network. The personal or business possibilities are endless.
Today, businesses are IoT-motivated by the prospects of increasing revenue or reducing operating costs by improving efficiencies. Or, businesses might be driven by a need for regulatory compliance. Regardless of the reasons, IoT device deployments provide the data and insights needed to streamline workflows, visualize usage patterns, automate processes, meet compliance requirements, and compete more effectively in a changing business environment.
Already, our planet has more connected devices than people. And, as with many new successful technologies, the IoT will transform the way businesses, governments, and ‘we the people’ interact with the rest of the connected or soon-to-be connected world.
But as with any new technology, IoT issues exist. These include acceptance, cost, connectivity, security, and more. Additionally, standards are not yet set, as many new players enter the field. But even with these challenges, the end goals of IoT have so much promise.
IoT innovation will continue to evolve as even newer technologies and connectivity strategies hit the market, furthering the transformation of unconnected objects into smart connected devices. This will impact a multitude of industries, as well as the personal lives of us all.
Getting It Done
Why is it such a big deal? Because the IoT can make connected cities safer; asset tracking becomes cost effective; healthcare becomes more personalized; and energy consumption becomes more efficient, to list just a few of the benefits.
Businesses that can harness the data generated by the Internet of Things are the ones who will survive and thrive in the future, realizing a significant competitive advantage.
Aeris’ multi-technology, multi-network IoT connectivity solutions deliver maximum value by combining the benefits of 2G, 3G, and 4G cellular solutions across CDMA, GSM, and LTE networks with the benefits of non-cellular technologies, such as low power wide area networks (LPWA), Wi-Fi, and more.
Whether you are fully committed to the IoT journey, or just starting out on a learning path to see how the IoT can impact you and your business, Aeris wants to be your technology partner.