By 2020, the world’s population is expected to reach 7.6bn, while the number of internet-connected devices is expected to reach 50bn. This infographic looks at the growth of this internet of things and explores the barriers to its integration.
The internet of things (IoT) is a concept first coined by Kevin Ashton, co-founder and executive director of the Auto-ID Centre at MIT, in 1999.
As advanced technology can be packed into smaller and smaller spaces, chips and sensors can be added to all sorts of devices to track and measure data. This data can either be simply relayed back to users or can even trigger a device to take action.
From smart home appliances to citywide infrastructure, the application of the internet of things knows no bounds – much like its forecasted growth.
Main connected world image by pogonici via Shutterstock
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