The Internet of Things (IoT) is an increasingly common topic of conversation in the workplace. There are a lot of complexities around the Internet of Things, and if we are expected to understand it and to be understood in the English language, we need to grasp the basics of the terminology so we can get our message through.
"The basic idea of the IOT is that virtually every physical thing in this world can also become a computer that is connected to the Internet" — Professor Dr. Elgar Fleisch
Simply, the Internet of Things is the concept of connecting any device to the Internet, and/or to each other. It can be anything from smartphones, through consumer appliances like an electric toothbrush or a refrigerator, to industrial machinery and control systems – and almost anything else you could think of. So, it’s best to think of the Internet of Things as a huge network of connected things and people.