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December 2015, Volume 3, Number 6

IoT apps still sparse, but promising

Everything evolves over time. Lately, it seems a lot of things have arrived at a place called the Internet. Thanks to advances in sensor technology, just about everything can now be connected to the Internet, allowing data from devices other than conventional computers to be collected and analyzed. This phenomenon is known as the Internet of Things (IoT), a phrase credited to British technologist Kevin Ashton from a presentation he gave in 1999. But after more than 16 years, we're still hearing about the IoT's potential. "The IoT is a concept that is, in itself, transformational," reads a Gartner report from July 2015, "and it will take five to 10 years to gain mainstream adoption." Although many algorithms and tools can be applied to IoT apps, the report continues, it presents new challenges that require features typically not found in traditional analytics. With that in mind, mass use of IoT apps could well be a few more years away. In the December 2015 issue of Business Information, we take a look at IoT users and vendors ...

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