Welcome to 2016!

Our first blog post this year takes a fresh look at the Internet of Things and how it will impact all of our lives. From smart buildings to on-line healthcare, to digital farming, the applications and influence will be staggering.

According to Gartner, by 2020 our world will be a much more deeply and intimately connected place, with an estimated 7.3 billion smart phones, tablets and PCs.

And the Internet of Things will expand at an even more rapid rate – to 26 billion connected devices around the globe by 2020, a 30-fold increase over 2009.

“The Internet of Things” (According to Harbor Research), refers to digital microprocessors and sensors embedded in everyday objects. When viewed as such, everyday objects like a printed bar code, a house key, or even the pages of a book can have the status of an “information device” on a network. Imagine a global interconnected network of millions of everyday devices communicating back and forth. As it evolves, the Internet of Things will become a world of real-time living intelligence much like a digital nervous system.

Mind boggling isn’t it?

The Internet of Things will take us beyond connection to become part of a living, moving, global, intelligent sensing network. The changes in the way we will learn, work, and innovate are staggering. Are you ready?

A picture is worth a thousand words, and the experts at Harbor Research and Postscapes have been collaborating on an Infographic to tell a more complete story about the Internet of Things.

We hope you’ll find it as ‘eye-opening’ as we did.

Credit: The above infographic was sourced from Postscapes and Harbor Research