What is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things is a term you’ve probably heard or read many times over the last year. But you might not really know what it means – so we’re here to help.

The Internet of Things, also known as the IoT, refers to connected devices of any kind that can communicate with each other and with people over the internet. Perhaps the simplest and most commonly used example is the smart fridge, a device that could assess how much food you have and automatically order more when stocks are running low.

If you apply that example to other everyday applications and imagine what they could do if connected to the internet, you soon get an idea of the potential of the IoT to affect many areas of everyday life.

The first wave of IoT devices is here now and is changing long held traditions. For example, Google’s Nest thermostat allows users to precisely control the heating in their home from their smartphone, while Sonos audio systems stream music into your home over the internet, again controlled via phone or tablet.

And there are many more potential uses outside of the home too – from helping to improve how we work, to connected cars. Eventually, the IoT will revolutionise the way we live, making entire cities function in a smarter and more efficient way.

The future of the IoT is very exciting, with limitless applications. If you have any more questions, comment below.