Thursday, May 1, 2014

Just what is the Internet of Things?

The term "Internet of Things" has been thrown around a lot the last few years and it's being lauded, without exaggeration, as a revolutionary contribution the future of civilization. But what exactly is the Internet of Things, or IoT? The idea of an internet where real world objects live and communicate on a virtual plan has been around for more than two decades, as this infographic from Intel shows (note: the projected number of devices connected to the IoT by 2020 is now projected to exceed 50 billion).


At its advent the IoT centered around M2M, or machine-to-machine, communication. At the time it consisted of companies using technology such as RFID tags to track inventory or hospitals track patient information using wristbands with barcodes, and have that information sent and stored in closed-circuit databases. While implementations like those are definitely still in use today, the modern definition of the IoT has shifted to emcompass the connectivity of devices in the cloud, and the explosion of data that has come about as a result. Everything from wearable tech like smart watches that track your heart rate to smart appliances that tell you when to stock up on milk are part of the IoT. In fact, you've been a part of the modern IoT since the day you first bought a cell phone that transmits data such as  your location back to Apple or Google.

Being the leader in cloud computing, salesforce.com is primed to be a big player in the growing IoT and is off to a commanding lead with the roll-out of the Salesforce 1 Platform. SkyPlanner, as your best choice for Salesforce consulting and customization in South Florida, is here to provide you with the latest on the IoT. Over thr next few weeks we will be dedicating our blog posts to going in-depth into what the IoT means for our customers. Stayed tuned!