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Internet of Things

What is Internet of Things? In simple terms, the Internet of Things (IoT) is the connection of billions of devices to the internet.  It is referred to as a network of internet-connected objects able to collect and exchange data using embedded sensors.


In 2013 the Global Standards Initiative on Internet of Things (IoT-GSI) defined the IoT as "the infrastructure of the information society." The IoT allows objects to be sensed and/or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit in addition to reduced human intervention. When IoT is augmented with sensors and actuators, the technology becomes an instance of the more general class of cyber-physical systems, which also encompasses technologies such as smart grids, smart homes, intelligent transportation and smart cities.


The current reality of the IoT is already staggering, not even considering the expectations and hype about the future: billions of physical devices, across the world, that have digital sensors and are interconnected by leveraging the Internet or other network technology. An estimated 13.4 billion devices were connected in 2015, representing more than twice the human population on the plant at the time, and this number is projected to nearly triple, to 38.5 billion devices, by 2020.




Higher Education needs to build the leaders of the future IoT economy. The sophisticated talent within higher education systems will envision, develop, and lead the new business model and technology innovations. The future of the IoT economy can be shaped by experts and leaders in higher education and by the students they are educating. Beyond technical innovations, leaders in higher education can also guide new business model innovations, using IoT-enabled systems to create new services, improve client service, and integrate and analyze data from disparate but related systems to increase efficiencies and add value to businesses and consumers.


The Internet of Things is a hands-on training for high school and middle school teachers. This workshop will help teachers learn to use the Raspberry Pis, Sensors, Python Programming, GitHub, and SensED design challenge curriculum. This program is intended to help students identify and design solutions to problems within their community utilizing working prototypes of internet connected innovations.




UCM is training the next generation of innovators who will design the product and solutions using the Internet of Things. Our community is working to lead the development of the technologies, business models, ethics, and leaders of the IoT-enabled world. For example, professors of engineering and computer science are directing IoT courses for the improvement of IoT technologies, models, solutions and design. UCM works with businesses and other organizations within STEM to design curricula and form new business models.


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