Smart devices are all of the everyday objects made intelligent with computing power and connected to the Internet to form the Internet of Things (IoT). Smart devices gather and share data from the edge of the network, and while they may be small, they are powerful. They range from small asset tracking devices to wearables that monitor health, to refrigerators and other smart home components. Smart devices use sensors to gather physical data, such as light, temperature, and presence, and deliver that data to be analyzed and used.
Smart devices connect a home or building to the IoT, making the space intelligent by—automating ambient controls, increasing energy efficiency, and increasing security. Smart devices are also used by companies in each step of the supply chain to improve business decision making and, customer service, and to help and refine manufacturing processes.