Reply to post: Re: Confused

That's a bit harsh: Lenovo adds 2 new toughened boxen to ThinkEdge edge computing line

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Re: Confused

IoT has never meant anything. It can mean things that aren't actually connected to the internet, even through a gateway, and it can mean completely normal computers connected to the internet. It's a term which means almost anything the speaker wants it to mean. So long as there's a processor somewhere that is involved, it counts. Therefore, it's been used to envelop lots of other categories that are clearer. Home automation is what consumer-style IoT normally means. Industrial automation is IoT when applied to a factory or agricultural user, at least most of the time. Sometimes it just means mechanical surveying or monitoring. Just like "edge computing" means "the computer is near where it's used", "IoT" means "there's something technical that probably doesn't need a person there all the time".

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