What is IoT? Defining the Internet of Things (IoT)


IoT: It's All about Data

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to a system of interrelated, internet-connected objects that are able to collect and transfer data over a wireless network without human intervention.

The personal or business possibilities are endless. A ‘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.

Today, businesses are motivated by IoT and the prospects of increasing revenue, reducing operating costs, and improving efficiencies. Businesses also are driven by a need for regulatory compliance. Regardless of the reasons, IoT device deployments provide the data and insights necessary to streamline workflows, visualize usage patterns, automate processes, meet compliance requirements, and compete more effectively in a changing business environment.

Forward Looking

Our planet has more connected devices than people. The IoT will transform the way businesses, governments, and humans interact with the rest of the connected world.

But as with any new technology, IoT issues do exist. Concerns include acceptance, cost, connectivity, security, and more. As many new players enter the field, standards still are being set. But even with these challenges, the end goals of IoT have so much promise.

As even newer technologies and connectivity strategies hit the market, IoT innovation will continue to evolve, furthering the transformation of unconnected objects into smart connected devices. This trend will impact industries of all kinds, as well as our personal lives.

Getting It Done

Why is IoT such a big deal? Because it makes connected cities safer; asset tracking more cost effective; healthcare more personalized; and energy consumption more efficient.

Businesses that harness the data generated by the Internet of Things will survive and thrive in the future. They will realize a significant competitive advantage.

Aeris’ multi-technology, multi-network IoT connectivity solutions deliver maximum value by combining the benefits of 3G, 4G, and soon-to-be 5G 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.

Learn the Terms of IoT

IoT Dictionary

The third generation of GSM cellular technology, offering substantially improved data transfer rates over its predecessor, 2G. While the original release of 3G used the UMTS method, improvements have been made to increase capacity and data speeds with additional protocols including HSPA.


The fourth generation of GSM cellular technology and the latest upgrade to the GSM network, providing greater data transfer speeds. 4G is also referred to as LTE.


Code Division Multiple Access. Digital cellular phone service method that separates multiple transmissions over a finite frequency allocation using Spread Spectrum techniques (concept invented and patented by Hedy Lamar).


Global System for Mobile communication.


Long Term Evolution.


Whether you are fully committed to the IoT journey, or just starting out, Aeris wants to be your technology partner.