What is the Internet of Things?


The Internet of Things conveys information communicated by network aware objects that connect the physical world with the world of information through the web. It does so through TCP/IP, the set of standards that enables network connections and specifies how information finds its way to and from the myriad of connections it contains. TCP/IP was formulated in the 1970s by Vinton Cerf and Robert E. Kahn. The advent of TCP/IP v6, launched in 2006, added enormous new addressing capabilities to the Internet, and enabled objects and the information they might carry in attached sensors or devices to be addressable and searchable across the web. This expanded address space is particularly useful for tracking objects that monitor sensitive equipment or materials, point-of-sale purchases, passport tracking, inventory management, identification, and similar applications. Turned into “smart objects” with embedded chips, sensors, or tiny processors, helpful information about an object, such as cost, age, temperature, color, pressure, or humidity — objects connected to the “Internet of Things” allow remote management, status monitoring, tracking, and even alerts if they are in danger of being damaged or spoiled. Traditional web tools allow objects to be annotated with descriptions, instructions, warranties, tutorials, photographs, connections to other objects, and any other kind of contextual information. The Internet of Things makes access to these data as easy as it is to use the web.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

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  • I am fully appreciative of the idea and application of the "Internet of Things", but until we can collectively express the concept in terms our colleagues appreciate, we may have difficulty in promoting how this technology can be successfully progressed. Any further suggestions or support for a re-branding?- michael.crock michael.crock Feb 19, 2013
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