The internet of things – or IoT – has long since grown out of its buzzword phase; its applications can be found all around the world already. Whether it be in our homes, in healthcare or in the industry – networked things are everywhere. So it comes as no surprise that many of the world’s best-known technology enterprises are investing in IoT technology.
Smart lighting and air-conditioning systems, locks, surveillance cameras, toothbrushes and loudspeakers are long since an integral part of our daily lives. And IoT will become a defining aspect in many fields that go far beyond merely the consumer industry: Industry 4.0 will make human intervention in the production process fully superfluous in most places, with entirely networked factories. Smart traffic-management processes will revolutionize traffic in big cities; and predictive maintenance will mean that the repair and servicing needs of machines and automobiles will be determined and managed in advance.