The Internet of Things (IoT) is about connecting devices over the internet allowing them to talk to applications, each other and sensors to produce and exchange data. This data is then sent to a Cloud Service where it can be analysed with other data sources and then shared with end users in a useful way. This allows us to have a better understanding of how things are working and how we can improve them to suit our needs. This can include setting policies and workflows, as well producing alerts when things are not quite right. IoT can be used to automate devices and processes in all industries. This could be something as simple as street lights turning on as you pass them. As an example, a torque wrench in the future will be able to look up on the internet what the correct settings are for a particular job. This will save the user time and help eliminate mistakes. It could also record for example, when bolts were tightened so that there is a maintenance log to help with compliance.
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