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Moving Beyond the Internet of Things in 2012


Imagine a world where billions of objects have sensors to detect,  measure, and assess their status, all interconnected over public or  private IP (Internet Protocol) networks. This world of interconnected  objects will have its data regularly collected, analyzed and used to  initiate action, providing a wealth of intelligence for planning,  management, policy and decision-making. Key information will be pushed  out from machines to other machines, to individuals, and to public and  private organizations, allowing them to take action appropriately.

This is the Internet of Things (IoT), and it is well on the way to becoming  a reality. Large-scale applications have started being deployed just as  businesses, industries and public sector bodies worldwide wake up to  its extraordinary potential. It is no exaggeration to say that the IoT  promises to transform our lives and the world around us.

Cisco believes the IoT is poised to grow exponentially, bringing  significant benefits for businesses, industries, nations and regions  alike. This paper builds on Cisco’s experience and viewpoint on the IoT  and what it represents. It identifies how industries and countries are  placed to realize the IoT’s transformational potential, and what roles  business and government leaders could assume to accelerate mass adoption  of the IoT.

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