What is IOT? This is the question everyone who sees this abbreviation for the first time asks. The easiest way to explain it is to translate it as the Internet of Things - at least that's what the abbreviation stands for. But do we now understand what it is all about? We may be getting a little closer to the idea, but the Internet of Things sounds as if it is everything and nothing. To shed light on this, we will take you into our subject area and introduce you to the world of the Internet of Things.

was ist das internet of things (IOT)

IOT or Internet of Things - a definition

The Internet of Things (IOT) is a technology that uses an overarching or global infrastructure to connect virtual products with material things.

These objects can interact with each other by exchanging technical information and thus open up new, diverse fields.

In the following article, you will find out exactly what these can be and what is possible through IOT.

IOT - Delimitation

IOT and self-control are close to each other. Nevertheless, the difference should not be underestimated. Self-controlling objects are not necessarily dependent on the internet or networked structures.

However, overlaps cannot be dismissed out of hand: Thematic areas such as computing, Industry 4.0 or cognitive systems have similar logics and are at least partially networked with digital structures.

Basically, however, it can be said that the IOT is pursuing the goal of making information available as broadly as possible and would like to expand the possibilities for use over time.

The goal of IOT

The aim of the Internet of Things is to automatically collect relevant information from the real world, link it together and make it available in the network.

This need for information exists because in the real world things have a certain state (e.g. "air is cold", "printer toner is full"), but this state is not available in the network. The goal is therefore that many real things make their own state information available for further processing in the network.

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Examples for IOT

Functions that can be used through IOT are versatile. For example, it allows people and things to interact with each other and network across physical boundaries.

In this way, electronic systems can couple with each other or be operated remotely by its owner. Examples are:

  • So-called wearables such as smartwatches
  • Sensors in items of clothing. (e.g. wallet) 
  • Smart Home Devices
  • Alarm systems
  • uvm.

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