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The IoT (Internet of Things) has been growing for a decade or more, encompassing technologies and becoming ubiquitous in daily life as well as in under-the-radar applications. So, what is IoT? According to the crowd-sourced Wikipedia, “IoT describes physical objects (or groups of such objects), that are embedded with sensors, processing ability, software, and other technologies, and that connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the internet or other communications networks.”
Commonly, all those connected objects exchange data for a reason, even if that reason is hard to determine for those outside the inside group of IoT developers. IoT is, literally, everywhere. Equipment “talks” to computers that talk back with orders of where to go, what to do, and how fast to get it done. Autonomous vehicles and robotic equipment function because they are in communication with a central processor, monitored by sensors, and exchanging data over fast networks.
The IoT has unlimited possibilities for home and business use. Appliances from refrigerators to thermostats and networks from energy grids to assembly robots are now available in models that interact with a wireless network, making them easier to control with a computer or, at an extreme, a smartphone. Estimates suggest there will be more than 75 billion IoT devices in use by 2025. Along with this massive market adoption of IoT, though, comes security concerns that necessitate attention and action.