The Non-Geek's A-to-Z Guide to the Internet of Things

August 25, 2019

Defining the Internet of Things isn’t easy. When it’s defined in terms of market size, some focus on the potential revenue (it’s in the trillions), while others focus on the number of potential “things” (it’s in the billions). Some definitions focus on the exponential growth of sensors, excluding smartphones, tablets and desktop computers, while others only consider devices with an IP address. Whether these definitions and forecasts are accurate or not, it can be downright confusing. How would you define the Internet of Things (or IoT, as it is commonly called)? If you were to ask 20 people, you would most likely end up with 21 different definitions, including yours. And guess what? That’s OK. It’s not important that we all agree on a single definition. What’s important is that we understand the context or frame of reference in which the Internet of Things is being discussed.

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whitePaper | January 10, 2020

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Tailoring IoT platforms to the requirements of specific use cases

whitePaper | April 13, 2021

The Internet of Things has evolved in the last 10-15 years from a long-term visionary idea to our current reality, present in more and more domains of our everyday lives. Many IoT architectures and platforms are being proposed today by various academic and industrial consortia, in domains as diverse as smart manufacturing, smart homes, smart cities or smart transport, to name just a few. These different IoT platforms have many things in common, as they all rely on connecting some smart sensor and actuator devices to each other and to the Internet, providing value-added services and applications to us, human users, either directly, or in an indirect manner. However, by closely analyzing their structure and operational focus, we can observe that these IoT architectures and platforms have also special features tailored to the requirements of different use cases.

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whitePaper | February 12, 2020

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whitePaper | January 8, 2020

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Internet of Things (IoT) IoT on cloud – Enabling future of oil and gas industry

whitePaper | January 2, 2020

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Internet of Things (IoT) in the Federal Government

whitePaper | June 8, 2021

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