Emerging from the cloud to the fog to strengthen the Internet of Things

AHMED BANAFA | March 1, 2016

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The simplest definition of the Internet of Things (IoT) is the convergence of people, things, data and processes connecting life and business and everything in between. The IoT is a drastic transformation of how the world interacts at all levels. Moreover, it is emerging as the third wave in the development of the Internet. The Internet wave of the 1990s connected 1 billion users, and the mobile wave of the 2000s connected another 2 billion. But the IoT has the potential to connect as many 50 billion “things” to the Internet by 2020, ranging from bracelets to cars to houses. In a nutshell, IoT is poised to interconnect devices, people, environments, virtual objects and machines in ways that until now have existed only in science fiction.

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