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Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals, 15th Edition by Jennifer H. Meadows, August E. Grant

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Internet of Things (IoT)

Jeffrey S. Wilkinson, Ph.D. & Isaac D. Pletcher, M.F.A.*

*Wilkinson is Chair and Professor of the Department of Communication, University of Toledo; Pletcher is Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio

Introduction

The Internet of things (IoT) refers to the developing connection of objects and devices through computer-based networks. According to Cisco, there were around 500 million networked objects in 2003, compared to 6 billion people worldwide. IoT was officially “born” around 2008-2009 when the ratio of objects-to-people became equal (Evans, 2011). Gartner predicts that by 2020, 25 billion connected items from refrigerators to jet engines will be operating ...

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