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IoT Explained: What is The Internet of Things?

From stone tools to steam engines to wireless electronic devices, technology has always found its way to become integrated into our daily lives. Today’s world relies heavily on technology to perform various tasks that ultimately raise the quality of life for millions. Take the Wi-Fi setting on your phone, the Bluetooth connection from your favorite wireless headphones, your smart watch that reads your BPM, or the smart refrigerator that detects the temperature of your freezer. These belong to the complex collection of network-enabled devices under the umbrella of the Internet of Things or IoT. Even printers and webcams – which graced the computer era before wearable technology operated thanks to IoT. 

Understanding The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is a network of interconnected computing devices that can “talk” to each other. These things have unique identifiers, which, in turn, also allow them to connect without needing human interaction. These unique identifiers are what we now know as the IP address, with IP meaning Internet Protocol. The Internet Protocol is unique to each device, allowing different computers of all kinds and sizes to identify and share data through the Internet. In a way, it can communicate with us and other devices. The Internet of Things creates a space that eases our workload and virtually connects us to everyone worldwide.

What Are the Things in IoT?

The Internet of Things is far from limiting. But what exactly are the things used in the IoT? These things can be a multitude of devices. A thing, for example, may not only be an Apple device, but a patient with an internal implant that aids in monitoring their wellbeing. These things can be so diverse in their usage that they range from wearable tech to warehouse machinery. The Internet of Things can also be found in automobiles, especially electric cars, where built-in features are assigned an IP address, which can transfer data.

How Does IoT Speed Things Up?

The Internet of Things significantly makes technology work quicker and more efficiently. Unlike the old days when the spread of data and information relied on the influx of human interaction across the globe, IoT allows systems to self-report without delay, surfacing crucial information more rapidly than a system run by humans, where flaws and hiccups are inevitable. The IoT lessens the burden on humans by automating almost everything it can. At home, one can install smart devices in place of traditional furniture, appliances, and whatnot so they can all be utilized uniquely with a specifically chosen command. It also speeds up the utilization of the Internet by innovating necessary devices like modems and routers to faster, more reliable versions of themselves. This translates to faster and more robust internet connections.

Why Is IoT Important?

Communication is critical in the era of technology. The Internet of Things is a rapidly growing network designed to communicate data seamlessly between devices. This allows consumers and businesses alike to utilize its resources as it has the potential to enhance user experience significantly. The full potential of IoT is yet to be realized, as technological advancements are getting better by the minute. But this hasn’t dampened the use of IoT, as billions of IoT devices are sold and used globally. With this many IoT devices and the number of people using them, the Internet of Things has undeniably become an essential part of modern-day tech.

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With over 40 years of experience in telecommunications, OTR Mobile strives to provide consumers with the best internet experience continuously. From affordable data plans to user-friendly devices, OTR’s got something you’ll love. With technology comes innovation. And with innovation comes better services for the best consumer experience! Something’s cooking in OTR’s kitchen, and it’s made of faster, stronger, and overall better internet goods and services you’ll be drooling for! Stay tuned for more updates on how you can boost your OTR experience.