Glossary: IoT (Internet of Things)
Experts estimate that the Internet of Things (IoT) will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020.
IoT is a term for enabling everyday objects to have network connectivity and giving them the ability to send and receive data through the Internet. Connected devices like FitBit’s wearable fitness tracker or Nest’s smart thermostat are becoming more commonplace in our daily lives.
At eForge, we have developed a mobile data collection module that allows security guards to transmit data with a mobile device. This allows for off-site managers to receive up-to-date reports, enabling them to make timely decisions regardless of their proximity to the site.
Examples like this illustrate how the growth of the IoT era will allow businesses to take advantage of a more mobile workforce by staying connected to key systems and assets anywhere in the world. Companies whose people, equipment and processes are interconnected via sensors and smart machinery will be able to decrease downtime, gain more insight into key activities and ultimately improve their products and services.
The demand for engineers to create and maintain these connected systems will continue to increase in the coming years.