Connected devices may refer to:

  • Smart device, an autonomous electronic device that may be connect to others in a network
  • Mobile device, a computing device typically small enough to be handheld
  • Mobile Internet device, a multimedia-capable mobile device providing wireless Internet access, and other smart tv devices (look at the new tv corner wall mount to cast to your screen.
  • Wearable computer, also known as body-borne computer or wearable, a smart device worn like clothing or jewelry

IoT connected devices are creating a world in which data is exchanged between physical objects such as sensors, on-device software and adjacent technologies with other systems and devices. The essential enabling technology is the connection between the ‘things’ of IoT which enables these exchanges to happen. Immense value is now being derived across the value chain as organizations take advantage of new opportunities, new business models and new revenues which are enabled by IoT connections.

Different IoT connection types are utilized depending on the requirements of the IoT devices involved which can range from IoT and connected devices that need to communicate infrequently with small amounts of data to always-connected IoT devices that require large amounts of data to be communicated at high speed and with low latency. There are a wide variety of IoT connections that can be used to connect a thing as small as a dental implant to something as large as a tractor.

Connecting all these different things in IoT and adding sensors to them adds a new level of digital intelligence, enabling connected devices to communicate in real-time and to participate in automated processes at immense scale. As IoT matures, the number of connections is accelerating rapidly and IoT connected devices forecasts show the growing trend for deployments that involve large volumes of devices connecting to the internet.