Basic description: What is the internet of things?
The internet of things was a term first used back in the year of 1999 by Kevin Ashton. The internet of things is a simple concept related to the virtual representations of objects and their virtual representations on an internet based structure. Internet of Things therefore is all about identifying things so people can better control them. For example if every single product in a supermarket had some sort of RFID (radio frequency identification), barcodes or even 2-D barcodes the staff would be able to easily identify what was sold, what is left and what needs to be bought so the stock is never low. If this whole process was implemented, our daily lives would certainly become much easier, as we would always be able to control the waste, in a supermarket for example. The whole relation between people and objects would change dramatically. This whole relationship with objects could be adjusted whenever one needs. Everything can be done quickly and remotely, making the best out of our times. Kevin Ashton once said that the Internet of Things has the power to change the world, just like the internet did. If we invest on this technique and really use it wisely we would certainly be able to reduce waste, avoid loss and cost and control everything that has to be controlled much better. Of course there are other definitions; however this is the main one.
The internet of things can be used for several purposes such as general waste management, urban planning and development, emergency response, shopping, smart product management, home automation and other smart events in general. Some companies are already making use of this great technique to improve their business. This is certainly going to improve and change the world! It does not matter where in the world; if this technique is used wisely the world will be able to profit from it.