Internet of Things
On the Internet of Things, all devices and systems are networked and communicate with one another online. This may take the form, for example, of sensors on street lamps that signal an available parking space to a car’s onboard computer. Or goods that are sent automatically when they are ordered. Or a heating system that starts to heat your house as soon as you are nearby.
The basic principle of the Internet of Things, therefore, is that humans are no longer the only ones who are connected to the Internet via computers and smartphones – everyday objects and machines are as well. This will enable them both to communicate directly with one another (as happens with sensors and onboard computers) and be controlled by people remotely. Such networking is a prerequisite for smart living and working.