Radwell E Magazine Issue 01 - Page 8

What is
The Internet of Things?
IBM defines IoT as "the
concept of
connecting any device (so long as it
has an on/off switch) to the Internet
and to other connected devices. The
IoT is a giant network of connected
things and people – all of which
collect and share data about the way
they are used and about the
environment around them."
This general definition covers a global marketplace of increasingly interconnected devices
designed to save time, money, and effort.
Across the UK and around the world, both
technology experts and the media have focused a
great deal of attention on the Internet of Things
(IoT). Some marvel at its ability to make the lives
of consumers easier. Others worry that an
increasingly digitally automised world will no
longer need as many jobs in manufacturing and
other sectors.
But the reality is somewhat different.
Developments such as IoT are not designed to
replace the working man and woman, but rather
to support them, and to achieve enhanced
efficiency, safety, and productivity in the sector.
In fact, IoT is one of the more talked about, but
least understood, trends in modern
manufacturing. It could be argued that
manufacturing leads the way in terms of IoT
applications, and has embraced IoT technology
and advances faster than any other sector. Use of
IoT has helped thousands of companies improve
their competitive advantage while providing a
huge boost to productivity.


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