Definition: The Internet of Things is all the devices (hardware) including probes, sensors, cell phones and printers (not limited to), that are connected on a network. On a farm this would mean that even the tractor could be part of the IoT if the tractor is connected to the network, uploading data to the network and receiving software updates via the network.
The IoT includes all devices that could be accessed via the farm’s computer network.
Other useless but interesting facts about IoT:
- The first appliance that was connected to the internet was a Coca-Cola vending machine at Carnegie Melon University in 1982. The vending machine was able to report its inventory and whether the cool-drinks were cold or not.
- The term Internet of Things was probably coined by Kevin Ashton of Procter & Gamble, in 1999, though he prefers the phrase “Internet for things”.
- It is estimated that the IoT was “born” between 2008 and 2009 – that would be the point where there were more THINGS connected to the internet than PEOPLE.
SOURCE: Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_of_things