At Netop, we've been hearing terms like "machine-to-machine," "internet of things" and "internet of everything" for some time now. When referenced in articles, white papers, blog posts and webinars, a Jetson-ian world is predicted - one that's quickly becoming reality. Consumers can adjust their home thermostat from a smartphone, medical devices in hospitals send vital information to a nurse's station, ATM machines report when they are low on cash and companies like Google are testing self-driving cars.
It's becoming evident that nearly every device created will be connected. No longer is it sufficient to have an appliance, automobile, HVAC system or heart monitor that you (or a another device) can't connect to - in one way or another - from a remote location. And where sexy consumer applications gain the lion's share of media coverage, the ramifications in the business world are much larger.
As tech company Ericsson put it, we're seeing "the beginning of a new era of innovative, intertwined, combined products and services that utilizes the power of networks.” The company also predicts that by 2020, the number of connected devices will grow to 50 billion so it's easy to see why a number of large corporations - Amazon, Cisco, Ericsson, GE, IBM and Qualcomm included - believe that the "Internet of Things" could have an even bigger impact on the world than the Internet that preceded it.
Embedded devices are central to a world where everything's connected, empowering the Internet of Things. Learn more about the evolution of embedded devices and securing the Internet of Things in our latest white paper, Embedded Devices & Data Thieves.