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These connected devices share data and information with each other through the internet.
The data without necessarily requiring human-machine interaction. In other words, IoT is a collection of electronic devices that can share information among themselves,” a February report from the Congressional Research Service says.
The way an Apple Watch connects to an iPhone and an iPhone connects to a Macbook is one example of how the IoT operates. Smart devices like Amazon‘s Alexa and Google‘s Nest security camera system are other devices within the IoT.
Market research firm IoT Analytics predicts that the number of global IoT devices could increase from 9.9 billion in 2019 to 21.5 billion by 2025, according to a February report from the Congressional Research Service.
The IoT is also becoming more relevant as fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless technology becomes the new standard for wireless infrastructure throughout the United States and the world. The 5G network will be used to enhance the IoT experience by connecting devices faster and more accurately than 4G wireless standard does.
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