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The Rise of the Internet of Things!

With the advent of smart technology, we look at the growing list of products that are making an impact on both climate change and enhancing our lives

This is an extract of the Wikipedia entry describing The Internet of Things (IoT).

The entry continues with the explanation that it is the “interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices” within the existing Internet infrastructure. Typically, IoT is expected to offer advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services that goes beyond machine-to-machine communications (M2M) and covers a variety of protocols, domains, and applications. The interconnection of these embedded devices (including smart objects), is expected to usher in automation in nearly all fields, while also enabling advanced applications like a Smart Grid.

Things, in the IoT, can refer to a wide variety of devices such as heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals, automobiles with built-in sensors, or field operation devices that assist fire-fighters in search and rescue. Current market examples include smart thermostat systems and washer/dryers that use wifi for remote monitoring.

This is all good news for the electrical installation industry – most if not all devices in this brave new world will require an electrical supply, which opens up the possibility that all these devices might well need their own dedicated supply with the associated protective devices. This of course, means more opportunities for the aspirational electrician.