Internet of things

We're hearing the term more and more often - "Internet of things". But what does it actually mean? And how does it work?


"The most important thing is that there must be an underlying logic that makes the platforms that you want to communicate actually do it. And we're now starting to get there," explains Stefan Lager at Stralfors. 
More and more physical objects are now being fitted with embedded sensors, which detect and register the environment they´re in. They communicate with one another or with other devices via the Internet, often by wireless communication. 
"These transmitters can be placed in anything from roads to pacemakers and household appliances. And they can be remote-controlled via the Internet in order to obtain information, control energy consumption or manage surveillance. The information networks created by these connected objects create scope for totally new business models," believes Stefan Lager, who thinks that there are three important aspects guiding developments in this field:
"The first one is the fact that mobility is simply becoming more and more important. The second is that the recipient, often the customer, is controlling development. And the third is that our smart, mobile devices are forming the hub of this development". 
The mobile is the first thing we look at in the morning. It tells us how much we´ve moved during the day, how well things went for the production unit where we work or where the car is and whether it needs to be filled up. 
"Everything from configuration to distribution and service solutions needs to be re-thought with reference to classical systems. It´s a very exciting development," says Stefan Lager.