You've likely heard the term "Internet of Things" at some point from a colleague, an article, or an advertisement. But the term is broad and can cover an overwhelming amount of information.
In short, the Internet of Things refers to the rapidly growing network of connected objects that are able to collect and exchange data using embedded sensors. Thermostats, cars, lights, refrigerators, and more appliances can all be connected to the IoT.
To help clarify how the Internet of Things works, we've laid out some applications for the IoT, along with some specific devices and examples.
Application areas for the Internet of Things
From building automation and smart factories to wearables, the IoT touches every facet of our lives. IoT makes developing applications easier with hardware, software and support to connect anything to the internet. We have identified seven key markets for the IoT with potential for exponential growth.