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The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and connectivity to enable objects to exchange data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices.

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to devices, that are often constrained in communication and computation capabilities, now becoming more commonly connected to the Internet, and various services that are built on top of the capabilities these devices jointly provide. It is expected that this development will usher in more machine-to-machine communication using the Internet with no human user actively involved.

Several working groups, spanning multiple areas within the IETF are developing protocols that are directly relevant to the IoT. In many cases, there is little or no organized coordination between these working groups.

In addition to internal IETF coordination, there is increasing need for communicating with other IoT standard organizations and alliances that are developing solutions. IoT is a very rapidly growing area of technology and connects with number of other emerging technologies. Many organizations outside IETF are not well aware of IoT work at IETF.

The IoT Directorate is an advisory group of experts selected by the Internet Area directors and the Directorate Chairs. The main purpose of the Directorate is coordination within IETF IoT groups and increasing IETF IoT standards visibility to external SDOs, alliances, and other organizations.

For more information about the IETF IoT Directorate, including a complete list of members, see the IETF Datatracker's IoT Directorate page

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