IoT 101 – Explained So Even Grandma Can Understand – B. McKinley Hackett III



If you’re reading this, then you probably already know IoT stands for The Internet of Things.

Even armed with this knowledge some basics can still be uncovered.  The Internet of Things is also referred to as the Internet of Everything, but we’ll address that later.

Let’s start with the standard Wikipedia definition of IoT and then simplify.  “IoT is the network of physical objects – devices, vehicles, buildings and other items – embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data.”

Here are the only three things you need to know to understand what an IoT device is in most social circles:

  1. A device which has connectivity. (simply put, it is connected to the Internet)
  2. The device either creates data or leverages it (think of your Apple Watch which measures your health statistics)
  3. Integrates with a software system to interpret the data and then make decisions or take action (the analysis can be highly sophisticated or as simple as responding to a set of preferences or a user generated profile)

Those are the basics of IoT!

So here is an example.  You jog five miles which triggers your wearable device to report your vitals to a health application which you subscribe to.  The application analyzes the new data and compares it to your history and can predict that you need an increase of protein.  You then get a push notification on your phone asking if you want to order food on the way home.  The system knows your workout is over since your transportation mode has changed from jogging to driving and suggests a restaurant and coupon.

If you are looking for a more in depth explanation, please refer to the 7 Layers Stack for us geeks.

For businesses looking for custom mobile apps, web development, and API integration please take a look at the Boston Technology Corp case studies.

About the Author

BMcKinleyB. McKinley Hackett III is the VP, Business Development at Boston Technology Corporation and a seasoned mobile industry evangelist with 15+ years of introducing leading edge technologies which become industry standards. He has delivered mobile operating systems, platforms, consumer applications and IoT solutions. His approach is always centered on delivering ‘value to the customer first’. McKinley has founded mobile companies and held sales positions at SavaJe, Xerox, and Computer Associates.

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