IoT 2016: 13 Hot Trends For Business

We've identified 13 noteworthy Internet of Things trends that will make a difference to your business -- and your life -- this year and beyond.

(Image: jeferrb via Pixabay)

(Image: jeferrb via Pixabay)

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a label that excites some people and causes violent eye-rolling in others. Before we go any further, it's important to note that IoT has multiple meanings.

In the consumer world, it tends to mean sensors in devices previously left outside the realm of electronics. In the business world, it tends to mean automated control of processes using sensors and controllers tied together, rather than left to operate on their own.

We've identified 13 noteworthy IoT trends that will make a difference to your business -- and your life -- this year and beyond. These include:

  • An array of healthcare wearables that enable doctors and clinicians to monitor all aspects of a patient's well-being
  • An assortment of tools, including Raspberry Pi and Arduino, that encourage DIY projects of all kinds
  • Sensor-equipped office furniture and lighting that promotes ergonomics
  • Devices and sensors designed to help agriculture and other industries improve productivity and preserve resources

We were able to see many of these devices on display earlier this month at CES in Las Vegas, where we also gained insight into the prevailing trends and potential business benefits of many IoT options.

[Which new gadgets work for business? Read 10 Best Enterprise Products At CES.]

Once you've reviewed our trendspotting, let us know what you think in the comments section below. Are we on the mark in predicting which IoT developments will matter most to our work and our lives? Are there any compelling options you think we've missed? We're eager to hear from you.

Curtis Franklin Jr. is Senior Analyst at Omdia, focusing on enterprise security management. Curtis has been writing about technologies and products in computing and networking since the early 1980s. He has been on staff and contributed to technology-industry publications ... View Full Bio

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