The Internet of Things (IOT) is a term that is widely used in today’s modern technology language. The basis of the discussion is how data is captured and how it used. The core question being, what information are we capturing and how do we make use of it, for profit?
Humans generate data simply by doing everyday actions, but not all of this is captured. For example, opening your fridge causes a light to come on and the motor to increase cooling capacity. Questions that someone may ask regarding the Internet of Things may be, “How much does each fridge opening cost?” “What causes so many door openings?” and “When the door is open how much energy is used?”
The answers to these questions can only be found by comparing unknown data to known data. In this instance the unknown data is probably “How many times is the door opening per month?” compared to “How much was my electric bill during the same month?”
These questions are important to someone interest in IOT work because the goal is to make efficient decisions based on data.
The only way this comparison could be made is by recording the door openings via a sensor device, which is the “Thing” in the term the “Internet of Things.”
Ultimately what this boils down to is, what data can be collected that leads to a more efficient system?
A fridge-opening cost comparison could be useful to a family or restaurant, but the scope could increase to governmental programs, or traffic lights to make driving safer or reducing the amount of electricity waste.
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