What are smart devices?

Smart in this context simply refers to having an internet connection. However adding an internet connection to a device isn’t enough. It is important to understand what types of devices will be used for IoT and why!

What are IoT devices?

IoT’s primary purpose is to measure, monitor and track ordinary objects. Many of the devices are going to be used as sensors or instrumentation.

  • Air Quality
  • CO2 Gas
  • Contact
  • Current
  • Decibel
  • Drip Tray
  • Dry Contact
  • Flow Detection
  • GPS
  • Humidity
  • Level
  • Light
  • Liquid Level
  • Magnetic
  • Movement
  • Open/Closed
  • Orientation
  • pH
  • Pressure
  • Rain
  • Soil Moisture
  • Temperature
  • Vehicle Detection
  • Water Detect
  • Weight
  • Wind Direction
  • Read more to find a comprehensive list of sensors
The above list is fairly comprehensive from a sensor perspective but as you can imagine anything with an internet connection can become an IoT device. A vending machine connected to the internet could send sales information to the owner which would help them manage the stock of the vending machine. A more comprehensive way of looking at IoT devices is to look at where they offer the most benefit. IoT thrives on autonomous applications where data about objects is required. The biggest limitations for autonomous usage is access to power or if no access to power an ultra long battery life and a robust internet connection that is inexpensive. IoT devices are deployed where regular information is required from an ordinary object that is sent to the user through the internet. IoT devices usually have an ultra long battery life unless a suitable power supply is available.