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The Internet of Things

By Michael Baxter on 18 August 2015 with tags Tech, Upgrade

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The term “Internet of Things” was coined by British entrepreneur Kevin Ashton in 1999. Typically, IoT is expected to offer advanced connectivity of devices and to usher in automation in nearly all fields.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the connection of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics and software to enable objects to talk a unified language with other "things". The Internet of Things allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely and creates opportunities for more direct integration between the physical world and computer-based systems. Each thing is uniquely identifiable and able to operate within the existing internet.

Some examples of IoT include:

  • Sensors to track a person
  • Control or check appliances
  • Monitor weather
  • Monitor data captured from a drone
  • Monitor usage of machinery

These examples have various ways that you and I will interact with them. Some will simply report information and allow us to view and manipulate what we see.  Recently we developed a website to display fire risk information for a south island fire authority. This information is currently entered manually but will soon be made real-time by connecting up to weather sensing devices. The flow-on effect of this information will benefit everyone from tourist operators to farmers.

If you have ever wondered how you could retrieve and manipulate information from sources like these on the internet please contact us today. We have the technology and expertise to bring the IoT through to your business so you can offer a unique opportunity to your clients.