Q: What connects heart monitors, smartwatches and today’s most advanced factory machinery?
A: The Internet of Things (and its industrial big brother, the Industrial Internet of Things).
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical objects that exchange data with each other over the internet and in the cloud. It includes everything from consumer tech to machine tools embedded with sensors, to autonomous vehicles communicating with each other on a highway.
In fact, any object that can be assigned an IP address and transfers data over a network can become part of the Internet of Things. This increasing number of connected devices requires, well, an increasing number of connections (USB, ethernet, power and HDMI cables, to name but a few). IoT devices may communicate wirelessly or in the cloud, but they still require physical cables in many cases for connection and power supply.