Putting the 'Internet of Things' to work
By Ian GRAYSON
It's the latest buzz phrase in an industry that excels at buzz phrase creation, but that doesn't mean the Internet of Things won't deliver big benefits.
It's defined in different ways depending on who you ask, but the IoT is essentially all about machines and devices talking to each other.
While the early days of the internet were all about human-to-human connections, this is now changing. Indeed, within a few short years, the amount of data caused by people contacting people will be dwarfed by the amount generated by machines talking to other machines.
Now it's easy to think that this trend - while interesting - won't have much impact on your workplace. Think again.
How many instances can you think of where, machine-to-machine connections would streamline workflows and lower costs?
Current examples include copiers that alert service companies when they have broken down, and monitoring systems that automatically call for assistance when an unexpected event occurs.
Other include automated delivery vehicles, self-healing computer systems and proactive devices that offer you information before you even know you needed it.
Look around your office. How different will your working day be when all the devices you can see are able to talk to each other?
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