The Internet of Things is a tantalizingly ambitious concept for the next iteration of the Information Age in which almost any object or environmental condition can be monitored, possibly controlled and tied into the digital universe. By some estimates, the Internet of Things will be able to connect at least as many objects as there are atoms on the surface of the Earth.
Unfortunately, there have been almost as many opinions about how this new era should take shape.
Since the idea for the Internet of Things was coined more than a decade ago, researchers and technology companies have struggled to make it a reality. Most significantly, a myriad of approaches for building this new kind of network have divided the market, fragmenting the Internet of Things into hundreds of islands of information separated by their own communications systems.
During the past five years, however, Cisco Systems has tackled the task of bringing at least some consensus to this matter. At stake is nothing short of a computing revolution that promises to radically improve upon the profound safety, efficiency and quality-of-life benefits already offered by today’s Internet.
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