The IoT is a network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and connectivity to enable the collection and exchange data.
Each object is uniquely identifiable through its embedded software and can be sensed and controlled remotely across an existing network infrastructure, creating more direct integration between the physical and computer-based worlds. The aim is improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit.
The term “Internet of Things” was coined by British entrepreneur Kevin Ashton in 1999, experts now estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020.
Things, in the IoT, can refer to any device with sensing capability and communication protocols and can benefit organisations and individuals alike. Imagine everyday devices collecting data and automatically communicating information to where it is needed. We already benefit from monitors giving us up-to-date information on energy usage, but imagine if our homes could communicate directly with emergency services, or our cars automatically knowing where the car parking spaces are and directing us there. The possibilities are endless.
EMD’s micro power harvesting and ULP electronics can help power devices for the IoT that would otherwise be too costly or inaccessible to run economically, enabling more companies and individuals to benefit from the IoT phenomenon.
EMD are now a semi finalist in the Cisco BIG Systems award, for "Powering the IoT"
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