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What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Internet of Things definition: The vast network of devices connected to the Internet, including smart phones and tablets and almost anything with a sensor on it – cars, machines in production plants, jet engines, oil drills, wearable devices, and more. These “things” collect and exchange data.
IoT – and the machine-to-machine (M2M) technology behind it – are
bringing a kind of “super visibility” to nearly every industry. Imagine utilities and telcos that can predict and prevent service outages, airlines that can remotely monitor and optimise plane performance, and healthcare organisations that can base treatment on real-time genome analysis. The business possibilities are endless.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

The IIoT, or the Industrial Internet, is driving unprecedented insights and efficiencies in the manufacturing industry. Machine learning, M2M communication, sensor data, and automation technologies work together to create autonomous smart machines and connected factories.

What is the Internet of Everything (IoE)?

The Internet of Everything adds intelligent connections between things and devices, people, processes, and data. IoE systems make sensor data more meaningful and have a secure, usable infrastructure that lets actionable information be shared across the business ecosystem.

Six things you need to know when building an IoT strategy

Along with unique new opportunities come new challenges. Here are some of the essential capabilities you’ll need to meet them head on – and to maximise the possibilities the IoT presents.
IoT Security
As companies collect data beyond traditional IT boundaries, IoT security measures will be critical. Some key considerations include being able to secure and monitor devices, encrypt sensitive data, and build risk mitigation into systems.
Streaming Data
IoT applications accumulate more data than traditional batch processing can manage. Having capabilities for streaming data continually is key to reliably feeding real-time business processes and extracting timely insights.
IoT Platform
An IoT platform makes it possible to develop, deploy, and manage IoT and M2M applications. Automate processes and network connections, store and manage sensor data, connect and control your devices, and analyse your data.
IoT Applications
“Next generation” IoT applications must be able to capture, collect, interpret, and act on vast amounts of information – detecting connectivity gaps, handling interruptions, and meeting specific business and industry requirements.
IoT Cloud
IoT cloud solutions provide affordable access to high-speed data networks – to significantly extend the reach and usability of your IoT applications. They can also offer data storage, processing, analysis, and remote device management.
IoT Data
IoT data management technologies ensure that you can collect the right data at the right time, even when connectivity is interrupted. Rely on in-memory systems to process massive data volumes generated by thousands of devices.

IoT Solutions

Learn about our IoT platform, which includes services such as telematics and predictive analytics – and explore our full portfolio of IoT applications.

IoT Consulting Services

Our team can help you develop an IoT road map, implement the right IoT applications and architecture for your business, ensure interoperability, and more.

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IoT: A tale of four industries

In this IDC whitepaper, learn how IoT is transforming four industries – becoming the Internet of Everything (IoE) in healthcare and revolutionising consumer products, discrete manufacturing, and retail.

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