The Internet of Things has brought in a new era in how machines make our lives easier. Basically we gave objects brains (sensors) and now they can talk to us (using wireless networks) and we can make better decisions.
Billions of the tiniest to the largest devices are embedded with smart technology (sensors) that allow these objects or machines to talk to each other and even to communicate with us.
It's kind of mind-blowing when you first realize the limitless possibilities, I'll let it sink in...
Awesome. Welcome to the reality that is IoT.
By 2006, there were already 2 billion objects working within our IoT world and this number is expected to grow to over 200 billion by 2020 and nearly 1 Trillion by 2025.
That means for every human being on Earth there will be around 26 smart objects making life smarter and by all accounts much better.
This isn't just happening on a personal or consumer level either. There are huge shifts being made in business as well.
One of the greatest advantages and bi-products of having the ability to talk to pretty much every object that exists is the data that's being made available.
Using analytics and big-data, industries of all kinds are being empowered through IoT. From Industrial IoT (IIoT) to K-12 schools, hospitals and even higher education, all of these industries are being transformed by IoT, becoming more efficient and effective.
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And it's only just beginning.
To help you better understand the massive scale that IoT is becoming, here's an infographic from Intel that delivers a more visual representation.