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What will be the general definition for IoT in term of Common people to understand? How can they get benefit of this?

Proposal: Internet of Things

  • This question is differ from other questions and it clarify the IoT in answer to the users. – Abhishek Tandon Oct 16 '16 at 4:36
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The term “Internet of Things” (IoT) was first used in 1999 by British technology pioneer Kevin Ashton to describe a system in which objects in the physical world could be connected to the Internet by sensors.12 Ashton coined the term to illustrate the power of connecting Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tags13 used in corporate supply chains to the Internet in order to count and track goods without the need for human intervention. Today, the Internet of Things has become a popular term for describing scenarios in which Internet connectivity and computing capability extend to a variety of objects, devices, sensors, and everyday items.


IoT Definitions: The term Internet of Things generally refers to scenarios where network connectivity and computing capability extends to objects, sensors and everyday items not normally considered computers, allowing these devices to generate, exchange and consume data with minimal human intervention. There is, however, no single, universal definition.

Enabling Technologies: The concept of combining computers, sensors, and networks to monitor and control devices has existed for decades. The recent confluence of several technology market trends, however, is bringing the Internet of Things closer to widespread reality. These include Ubiquitous Connectivity, Widespread Adoption of IP-based Networking, Computing Economics, Miniaturization, Advances in Data Analytics, and the Rise of Cloud Computing.

Connectivity Models: IoT implementations use different technical communications models, each with its own characteristics. Four common communications models described by the Internet Architecture Board include: Device-to-Device, Device-to-Cloud, Device-to-Gateway, and Back-End Data-Sharing. These models highlight the flexibility in the ways that IoT devices can connect and provide value to the user.

Transformational Potential: If the projections and trends towards IoT become reality, it may force a shift in thinking about the implications and issues in a world where the most common interaction with the Internet comes from passive engagement with connected objects rather than active engagement with content. The potential realization of this outcome – a “hyper-connected world” -- is testament to the general-purpose nature of the Internet architecture itself, which does not place inherent limitations on the applications or services that can make use of the technology.


The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data.

Sensors in a Data Center don't connect to the Internet to relay moisture, heat or other issues, these communications are all preformed on a private network (intranet). They may relay that information to tenants through some portal, API or alarm system, but isn't that all just a by-product of this IoT solution?

Buses or delivery vehicles reporting GPS locations typically would use internal communication to relay data. It may have some API or other interface to expose some data to users/riders which obviously requires internet, however the overall IoT solution (and the main reason it was set up, to make sure buses are on time etc) only really needs an intranet to function. The internet functionality here is only a deliverable of that IoT solution.

IoT pour spouts in some pubs around me the bottles of hard alcohol report back to the cash register with what and how much was poured, a few things, connecting to a thing, no internet required. Sure it might connect to the vendor from time to time to order a product but this is a small aspect of the solution, I don't consider this as part of IoT.

While the concept of combining computers, sensors, and networks to monitor and control devices has been around for decades, the recent confluence of key technologies and market trends is ushering in a new reality for the “Internet of Things’’. IoT promises to usher in a revolutionary, fully interconnected “smart” world, with relationships between objects and their environment and objects and people becoming more tightly intertwined. The prospect of the Internet of Things as a ubiquitous array of devices bound to the Internet might fundamentally change how people think about what it means to be “online”.

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