In Brief

What exactly is the Internet of Things, and what opportunities does it present?

Created by Best Computer Science Degrees, the “Understanding The Internet Of Things: Towards A Smart Planet” infographic breaks down the technological development of networked appliances into a digestible format.

The Internet of Things in its most basic form is where products and items are connected online to each other and to humans. This essentially means a natural or man-made object can be assigned an IP address and provided with the ability to transfer data over a network. Examples include a car that has built-in sensors that alert the driver when his or her petrol is low or a most recent example saw a smart window air conditioner called Aros, which can be controlled from a mobile device and helps owners save electricity.

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