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The Internet of Things Terms & Definitions

  • June 13, 2018

Understand The Internet of Things Terms & Definitions!

The Internet of Things, commonly abbreviated as IoT, refers to the connection of devices to the Internet. Cars, kitchen appliances, and even heart monitors can all be connected through the IoT.

The Business Insider has compiled a beginner’s guide of IoT terms and questions to help you navigate the increasingly connected world.

 What is an Internet of Things device?

Any stand-alone internet-connected device that can be monitored and/or controlled from a remote location is considered an IoT device. With more smaller, more powerful chips, almost all products can be an Internet of Things devices.

 What is the Internet of Things ecosystem?

All the components that enable businesses, governments, and consumers to connect to their IoT devices, including remotes, dashboards, networks, gateways, analytics, data storage, and security is part of the Internet of Things ecosystem.

Other Internet of Things Terms & Definitions

Entity: Includes businesses, governments, and consumers.

Physical layer: The hardware that makes an IoT device, including sensors and networking gear.

Network layer: Responsible for transmitting the data collected by the physical layer to different devices.

Application layer: This includes the protocols and interfaces that devices use to identify and communicate with each other.

Remotes: Enable entities that utilize IoT devices to connect with and control them using a dashboard, such as a mobile application. They include smartphones, tablets, PCs, smartwatches, connected TVs, and nontraditional remotes.

Dashboard: Displays information about the IoT ecosystem to users and enables them to control their IoT ecosystem. It is generally housed on a remote.

Analytics: Software systems that analyze the data generated by IoT devices. The analysis can be used for a variety of scenarios, such as predictive maintenance.

Data storage: Where data from IoT devices is stored.

Networks: The internet communication layer that enables the entity to communicate with their device, and sometimes enables devices to communicate with each other.

Read the full post by the Business Insider here as they address additional key areas:

  • IoT Predictions, Trends, and Market read
  • What are the industries affected by IoT?
  • What are the major IoT Companies?
  • What are IoT Platforms?
  • IoT Security & Privacy