What is the Network of Things?

network-of-thingsThe Network of Things, or “NoT”, is also sometimes called the Internet of Things, or “IoT” — both names are valid. The NoT is a group of devices all having connectivity to the web — you can think of printers and computers, for example. But in recent years, the NoT has grown to include a vast number of “smart” devices, some that you may think of readily, and others which are not so obvious.

Smart devices and the web

These newer smart devices include built-in technology that allows them to connect and interact over the Internet. In addition, they can be monitored and controlled remotely. The concept of this type of network has been around for some time. In fact, it was first discussed in the early 1980s with a Coke machine that’s widely acknowledged as the first appliance connected to the fledgling Internet. This machine could report inventory and whether the drinks that were just loaded into the machine were cold or not.

Connecting your home

Fast forward to the present, and we have a wide range of machines that are connected to the web and reporting many different types of data. In recent years, many different types of devices have appeared, such as consumer devices. These include all of the items that might be a part of a smart home, such as heating and air conditioning, media and security systems, and lighting. Other types of devices that could be part of the Network of Things include vehicles, wearable technology, and kitchen appliances.

Essentially, anything that is capable of sharing data over the Internet could be considered a part of the Network of Things. Imagine shopping in the supermarket and “asking” your refrigerator back home if you need milk, butter, or eggs!

While the Network of Things might seem intrusive at first, it has many overriding benefits, and it’s difficult to imagine a future where our home appliances aren’t communicating with us and each other. In the coming years, you can expect to see far more devices that are connected to the web in this way.

More ideas

The opportunities and benefits of connecting “smart” devices in your business to the Network of Things is vast, from saving energy when systems and premises are not in use, to enhancing safety and security. To find out how your business can benefit by taking advantage of the Network of Things, contact or call WCA Technologies today.