We’ve all heard about the Internet of Things (IoT) and its promises: bringing useful data directly to people who make business decisions, and enabling machines to communicate with each other and make decisions for human benefit.
But how does the IoT actually work? How does the data get from inside these machines to computer networks where we can use it?
This technical paper describes that pathway for IT (information technology) professionals, explaining how physical "things" communicate, what kinds of data in them might be useful, and the current barriers to getting that data—especially from existing sensors and devices that have no IoT capabilities built in.
The paper also describes a new method to cut through those barriers and achieve the IoT results you want now.
Learn about the REST API and the IoT from an automation professional's standpoint in the companion tech note, SNAP PAC REST API and the Internet of Things - for OT Professionals.