Have you heard of the Internet of Things?

1300 Web Pro are developing innovative additions to the emerging Internet of Things - but what is it?

Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other).

This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig. If it has an on and off switch then chances are it can be a part of the Internet of Things. The analyst firm Gartner says that by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices... That's a lot of connections (some even estimate this number to be much higher, over 100 billion). The Internet of Things is a giant network of connected "things" (which also includes people). The relationship will be between people-people, people-things, and things-things.

There are many examples for what this might look like or what the potential value might be. Say for example you are on your way to a meeting; your car could have access to your calendar and already know the best route to take. If the traffic is heavy your car might send a text to the other party notifying them that you will be late. What if your alarm clock wakes up you at 6 a.m. and then notifies your coffee maker to start brewing coffee for you? What if your office equipment knew when it was running low on supplies and automatically re-ordered more? What if the wearable device you used in the workplace could tell you when and where you were most active and productive and shared that information with other devices that you used while working?

In this weeks video, James and Tristan talk about how adding a commercial fridge to the Internet of Things, has benefits both finanically and business wise, to its owner. If you have any question or ideas of how the Internet of Things can help your business, contact us to discuss the options available - the future is now!

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