What in the World is IoT?

*Written by: *Emily Goodwin

“IoT” is a term I came across frequently while researching, and had absolutely no idea what it meant. After seeing it for the third time, I decided it was probably important to know, and typed it into Google to see what I could find out about this mysterious combination of letters.

Turns out it stands for “the Internet of Things”. Okay, great. But what does that mean?

According to TechTarget, the Internet of Things is “... is an environment in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction” (Wigmore, par. 1). And that’s the simplest answer I could find.

In other words, it’s the Internet’s ability to send out information without the sending being initiated by a person, or for a person on the receiving end to accept the incoming information, and confirm that the information was received. The Internet can partially operate by itself - which may or may not be a little terrifying, take it as you would like.

Works Cited

Wigmore, Ivy. "What Is Internet of Things (IoT)?" WhatIs.com. TechTarget, June 2014. Web. 04 Oct. 2015.