Surfing the Internet of Things: Industry still sorting out complex network

By Leslie D. Green for Crain's Detroit Business

Mar 17, 2016

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Defining the Internet of Things is like describing a platypus: a complex, highly adaptable animal.

Ask experts and you might hear, "The Internet of Things is a model that uses networks of Internet-enabled devices without human intervention." Or: "The Internet of Things is manufactured things connected to the Internet."

The biggest IoT players are large brands headquartered elsewhere: Google Inc., Amazon.com Inc., General Electric, Medtronic Inc., IBM Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., and Microsoft Corp. However, many major Michigan-based companies — Ford Motor Co., Dow Chemical Co., Herman Miller — and state-based start-up firms are vying for a slice of the IoT pie.

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