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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, often constrained in communication and computation capabilities, that are now becoming more commonly connected to the Internet, and various services that are built on top of the capabilities these devices jointly provide. As IoT devices are deployed, more the Internet will be used for more machine-to-machine communication, 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.

The "Internet of Things" (IoT) refers to devices, often constrained in communication and computation capabilities, that are now becoming more commonly connected to the Internet, and various services that are built on top of the capabilities these devices jointly provide. As IoT devices are deployed, more the Internet will be used for more machine-to-machine communication, 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. The IoT Directorate is an advisory group of experts selected by the Internet Area directors and the Directorate Chairs that supports cross-Working Group coordination. IoT is a very rapidly growing area of technology and intersects with number of other emerging technologies, so there is also an increasing need for communicating with other IoT-related standards organizations and alliances. 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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