The Internet of things (IoT) has caught both the public’s and corporate consumer’s eye by promising lightning fast, seamless connectivity. Generally speaking, it is the push to connect a wide spectrum of people, processes, and industries through everyday items such as private home security systems, elevators, factory equipment, and, yes, even your office workspace, to the internet. There are three broad categories of IoT where the desire for increased efficiency and reliability along with reducing operational and maintenance costs have a targeted benefit:
- Consumer IoT: where smart home devices such as your security system, heating and cooling, and even the computer in your car console will be connected. Think Ring Video Doorbell, Nest Thermostats and Amazon Echo.
- Enterprise IoT: where thousands of companies have already poured billions of dollars into connected devices and automation. This area has the most mature build-out of connectivity thus far.
- Government IoT: where countries across the globe are funding the development of smart cities equipped with innovations like street level cameras, road and neighborhood lighting, and meters to provide real-time views of traffic, utilities use, crime, and environmental concerns.