The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable it to achieve greater value and service by exchanging data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure.

IoT is expected to offer advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services that goes beyond machine-to-machine communications (M2M). The interconnection of these embedded devices (including smart objects), is expected to usher in automation in nearly all fields. Things, in the IoT, can refer to a wide variety of devices such as heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals, electric clams in coastal waters, automobiles with built-in-sensors, or field operation devices that assist fire-fighters in search and rescue. These devices collect useful data with the help of various existing technologies and then autonomously flow the data between other devices.
IoT also relates to a situation in which devices are empowered to gather, exchange and interpret data for themselves, meaning that they are not dependant on human-entered data anymore.

Internet of things – the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable it to achieve greater value and service by exchanging data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices.