How does the Internet of Things work? IoT Simply Explained


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The internet is truly everywhere and anything can be
connected to it coffeemakers, fridges, farms, train tracks, you name it. All you need are smart sensors and a powerful database
and you can extract immense amounts of data from any object. When British technology pioneer Kevin Ashton coined
the term ‘Internet of Things’, also known as IoT in 1999 he had no idea it would become so big and so
true. How does the Internet of Things work? The data
captured by the sensors is sent, via the internet to an IoT platform. Monitoring, interpreting, and analyzing this data allows
you to make sense of what’s going on and to take the best possible actions. The data gathered on the platform provides valuable
insights that can help optimize anything from production processes in offices or factories to traffic flows
in inner cities. Let’s look at a real-life example: the city of Buenos Aires
suffered a horrific flood in 2013 and in response the city’s government used Internet of Things to prevent
future flooding. They had sensors placed in the city’s sewage systems
that measure the speed, direction, and level of the water. These collect and analyze the data in real time,
with only a few seconds delay. Simon, are you OK? Oh, that is cold. Wow. And when the situation gets precarious, they send a
notification. This system allows the people in charge to respond in
time and take necessary actions. Just in time for Simon who is stuck in the sewer. Especially when paired with other intelligent technologies
like machine learning and artificial intelligence the Internet of Things is powerful enough to help prevent
inner-city floods.

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