Connected devices are physical objects that can connect with each other and other systems via the Internet. They span everything from traditional computing hardware, such as a laptop or desktop, to common mobile devices, such as a smartphone or tablet, to an increasingly wide range of physical devices and objects. This growing list of objects includes household appliances, heating and cooling systems, vehicles, health and fitness monitors, environmental sensors, and more. These devices, which are commonly embedded with technology such as processing chips, software, and sensors, collect data and share it with other devices and systems. Connected devices are typically monitored and controlled remotely. They connect with the Internet and each other via various wired and wireless networks and protocols, such as WiFi, NFC, 3G and 4G networks.
Properly managed connected devices offer significant value to businesses, from improved decision-making using robust and accurate data, bottom-line savings via greater efficiencies in energy consumption and other costs, to improved safety and security through real-time tracking and monitoring. As part of the IoT, for example, connected devices offer notable potential for new business models and revenue-generating opportunities.