Friday, October 18, 2013

What the Heck is the Internet of Things?

A Fall 2013 Buzz Word

A term used to describe RFID technology. (see

What's RFID?

Radio Frequency Identification - a technology that was developed to improve the tracking of items in warehouse and distribution (logistics).  Inexpensive tags contain unique encoded information that can be tracked using "readers" in reasonably close proximity to the items so that material and products can be moved more efficiently (and quickly) into, out of, within, and through manufacturing plants, trucks, distribution centers, retail stores, etc.

An even larger concept that describes what we call endpoints - places where digital information winds-up.  Smartphones, computers, tablets, POS terminals (cash registers) are all examples of endpoints.

Food for Thought about where we may be headed in the next 10 to 20 years of technology!

Thanks to Colin MacKinnon - Editor
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