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15 December 2014

WHAT IS INTERNET OF THINGS?

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Internet of Things is a current trend and now more than ever we are beginning to appreciate just how intelligent ‘Things’ can be thanks to the Internet. Many of you will have read the acronym IoT (Internet of Things) on Twitter or on other media sites. It is precisely when things become a trend that we tend to abbreviate. So, let’s try to explain what IoT is in simple terms.

What is Internet of Things?

It refers to the digital interconnection of everyday objects with the Internet. Something intelligent is something that can communicate with others. Therefore as in this case the intelligence comes from the Internet, the term Internet of Things arose.

Internet of Things is a scenario where the objects are connected and are uniquely identificable. These Unique Identifiers (UID) are numeric or alphanumeric strings that are associated with a single entity within a given system. Thanks to each object’s unique identifier it is possible to access all the data associated with the object and interact with it.

Any ‘Thing’ that can be connected to the Internet can be incorporated in a database and used to help us in our everyday life. Thus, IoT is the network of people, processes, data and things that create relevant Internet connections which later become automated actions.

A few simple examples of Internet of Things:

  • A fridge that warns you when a product is out of date.
  • Heating that turns on before you get home.
  • A toothbrush that tells you when you have tooth decay.
  • Shoes that tell you how many kilometers you have walked throughout the week.

A BPM like AuraPortal can integrate company processes with ‘things’ used in the business environment, which results in huge savings in time and costs. In future articles we will provide examples of real cases of BPM adaptation to Internet of Things and the business environment, but for now, to ensure you fully understand the concept and so you can’t say that we have not explained it well enough, we attach the following explanatory infographics:

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