The Internet of Things (IoT) Explained
In my post about the embedded SIM (eSIM) I mentioned that the protocol is driven by the Internet of Things (IoT); a term describing the inter-connectivity between devices and machines.
The term is credited to British entrepreneur Kevin Ashton and describes the connectivity between machines. However, as simple as it sounds, it is a bit more involved and complex. But in order to fully appreciate it, we must first look at the ‘internet of people’ or internet.
The internet is people connected via different devices into a large network. This allows almost instant communication between people. While, we utilize devices and machines for communication, input is always entered by humans. IoT applies the same principles, but without (or limited) human interaction.
In the IoT, the human element is largely removed from the equation and machines through the use of advanced programing, sensors, radio frequency identification (RFID) and other input sources are able to relay and process vital information without direct human input, and produce output.
WhatIs.com defines IoT as:
“… an environment in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the Internet.”
The IoT environment is constantly changing especially with developments in technology and standards like the embedded SIM protocol. This coupled with the advances in sensory technology and increase in bandwidth capacity (5G etc.) will undoubtedly mean machines will require less and less human input and interaction.