How the Internet of Things Will Change Our Lives

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Using the Internet of Things to Track…Things

Technology Review reports on Iotera, a company that makes tracking tags that can be used to keep an eye on an almost limitless number of objects. Examples include the ability to monitor tools at construction sites, pets, kids, and workers in dangerous locales such as oil rigs. It can work without access to commercial wireless networks or Bluetooth. The batteries can last for as long as five months.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is like the air: It is so ubiquitous that it tends to be overlooked. But the reality of the IoT, and the machine-to-machine (M2M) sensors that are its heart and soul, is that it is transforming much of what we do and how we do it.

Strategy Analytics released a report last month that predicted M2M connections will grow from 368 million this year to 2.9 billion by 2022. At that point, the firm said, 78 percent of those connections will be on 3G or faster networks. Despite its ability to hide in plain sight, the IoT is a massively important topic. This slideshow merely scratches the surface of the rapidly expanding uses of the IoT.

 

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