Intelligence Of Things (IoT) Tracker Shines A Light On 2021

Pymnts | January 15, 2020

The smiley face of the Internet of Things (IoT) in 2020 mostly involves refrigerators that self-refill, voice-assisted homes, cars that can order takeout and some large-scale industrial automation. But the true, world-changing potential for IoT is its use in “smart cities,” from intelligent energy grids to mass-transit systems that autodetect issues and streamline human mobility. These are just a few of the megatrends and field tests highlighted in the January 2020 PYMNTS Intelligence of Things Tracker, where the role of advanced new application programming interfaces (APIs) in civil engineering projects is explored in detail with IoT innovators.

Spotlight

The IoT—sometimes referred to as the Industrial Internet of Things or Industrial Internet—is a term that describes the revolution of embedding chips, sensors, software and other forms of electronic connectivity in physical objects in order to collect and exchange data. It allows objects to be online and communicate with one another and be sensed and/or controlled remotely. Yes, mobile phones, wearable technologies such as the Apple Watch, and other consumer devices are part of this revolution, but it extends far beyond a few consumer devices.

Spotlight

The IoT—sometimes referred to as the Industrial Internet of Things or Industrial Internet—is a term that describes the revolution of embedding chips, sensors, software and other forms of electronic connectivity in physical objects in order to collect and exchange data. It allows objects to be online and communicate with one another and be sensed and/or controlled remotely. Yes, mobile phones, wearable technologies such as the Apple Watch, and other consumer devices are part of this revolution, but it extends far beyond a few consumer devices.

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CCww | February 19, 2022

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Cartesi | December 03, 2021

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INDUSTRIAL IOT

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Newark Electronics | July 08, 2021

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