As catch phrases go, the Internet of Things has a certain Buck Rogers ring to it. IoT already has trumped Big Data and network connectivity when it comes to capturing people’s imagination.
What's catapulting IoT above the level of hype are the changes people already see in the enabling technology. Low-cost sensors and field devices embedded with inexpensive microprocessors are proliferating in automated manufacturing, while cloud computing and the related software-as-a-service (SaaS) is delivering the infrastructure of analytics and data management to food and beverage processors that couldn’t rationalize the cost of conventional systems. IoT remains an immature concept, but the potential is exciting.