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What is IoT in real life?

IoT - you've seen this acronym floating on the interweb, and you even know it stands for internet of things - but what is it, exactly?

One of the briefest definitions on Google states IoT is a "network of internet-connected objects able to collect and exchange data".

To date, the five most popular applications of IoT are:


Wearables are the most well-known IoT application and include Fitbits and smartwatches that let us track anything from health and fitness to emails and texts.

Smart homes

The ability to control various facets of your house on a phone can be done through automatoin systems such as Control, which lets you manage your home's security, lighting, music, heating, IT network and more at the touch of a button on your device.

Smart cities

Some of the most technological advanced cities are using WiFi systems and low-cost sensors to maintain their infrastructure. These smart services range from traffic, water and rubbish management to car charging stations and bike and car sharing hubs.


IoT in healthcare is linked with the use of wearable tech to track and monitor blood pressure, glucose levels, calorie count, heart rate, and exercise.


Precision farming in agriculture has prompted tools and technology to closely monitor irrigation, soil condition, humidity, livestock, all in an effort to boost quality and lower production loss or labour costs.

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By Jo Lo
Jo Lo

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Jo Lo

Jo is a digital producer at Pattern. Jo has a background in communication, and has worked as a producer and editor for organisations such as Les Mills International, Tailor, Auckland Libraries and XtraMSN/Telecom. From 2007-2009, Jo was the web editor for Taste and Metro magazines.