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What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

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Internet of ThingsThe Internet of Things (IoT) is a:

“System using multiple technologies, ranging from the Internet to wireless communication and from micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) to embedded systems. The traditional fields of automation (including the automation of buildings and homes), wireless sensor networks, GPS, control systems, and others.”

Other Definitions of IOT include:

  • “A more comprehensive view of operations via new data points, in previously uncharted territories,” in a data context. (Shawn Ryan)
  • “Any device with an on/off switch connected to the Internet. This includes almost anything you can think of, ranging from cellphones to building maintenance to the jet engine of an airplane.” (Keith Foote, DATAVERSITY®)
  • “Links between the physical and digital worlds.” (Munich and San Ramon, The Economist)
  • “The network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment.” (Gartner)
  • “Exchange of data between sensors and connected devices.” (Buccola et al., MIT Sloan Management Review)
  • A” network of internet-connected objects able to collect and exchange data using embedded sensors.” (Andrew Meola, Business Insider)
  • Every Day “objects that can be connected to the internet and be recognized by other devices and contribute info to a database.” (Bernard Marr, Forbes)

Businesses Use the Internet of Things (IoT) to:


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Michelle Knight enjoys putting her information specialist background to use by writing technical articles on enhancing Data Quality, lending to useful information. Michelle has written articles on W3C validator for SiteProNews, SEO competitive analysis for the SLA (Special Libraries Association), Search Engine alternatives to Google, for the Business Information Alert, and Introductions on the Semantic Web, HTML 5, and Agile, Seabourne INC LLC, through AboutUs.com. She has worked as a software tester, a researcher, and a librarian. She has over five years of experience, contracting as a quality assurance engineer at a variety of organizations including Intel, Cigna, and Umpqua Bank. During that time Michelle used HTML, XML, and SQL to verify software behavior through databases Michelle graduated, from Simmons College, with a Masters in Library and Information with an Outstanding Information Science Student Award from the ASIST (The American Society for Information Science and Technology) and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Smith College. Michelle has a talent for digging into data, a natural eye for detail, and an abounding curiosity about finding and using data effectively.

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