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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term that describes everyday objects that have network connectivity, allowing them to send, receive and act on data. One day, everything that can be connected will be connected. According to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) the number of “things” connected to the Internet will reach 50.1 billion by 2020. As the Internet of Things makes its way into our lives, what do you need to know to take full advantage?

Internet of Things (IoT) in the Workplace

Devices connecting to the Internet can provide a number of benefits and savings to business.  Smart controllers can regulate heating, cooling, lighting and more. This technology may cut energy costs and save you money. Hospitals can keep better track of pharmaceuticals, avoiding shortages while minimizing inventory. The Internet of Things can even collect data from mobile devices to see if online shoppers make it into your store to check prices or buy. With all of this data being collected and acted upon, it raises a number of issues around security, privacy and connectivity.

Internet of Things is Built on the Cloud

Windows powered desktops and laptops, while Android and IOS powered tablets and smartphones. It is expected that the Internet of Things will run on the Cloud. Cloud Services will deliver functionality, collect data, and eventually connect machines to other machines to analyze and take action on data collected by Internet of Things. Your business will need robust connectivity and a secure network to take full advantage of the Internet of Things.

Securing Internet of Things

Articles have already emerged about zombie refrigerators attacking and hacking a network. With so many devices connected, security issues are expected to follow. As is the case with mobile management, a range of services will help protect your network. If you plan on deploying a Smart Workplace based on Internet of Things, network security will be a top priority.

The Internet of Things will provide businesses many advantages in the form of efficiency, cost savings and insights never before imagined. Implemented on secure networking, with reliable Cloud infrastructure, your business will be ready to take advantage of the Internet of Things.