Healthcare - The Internet of Things and Big Data
'The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of connected objects that link the physical world with the world of information through the web. The advent of TCP/IP v6, launched in 2006, expanded the capabilities of the Internet, and enabled objects, sensors, and devices to be addressable and thus findable across the Internet. This augmented address space is particularly useful for tracking objects that monitor sensitive equipment or materials, point-of-sale purchases, passport tracking, inventory Higher Education Preview, management, identification, and similar applications.
Embedded chips, sensors, or tiny processors attached to an object allow helpful information about the object, such as cost, age, temperature, color, pressure, or humidity to be transmitted over the Internet. This simple connection allows remote management, status monitoring, tracking, and alerts if the objects they are attached to are in danger of being damaged or spoiled. Many web tools allow objects to be annotated with descriptions, photographs, connections to other objects, and other contextual information; the Internet of Things makes access to these data as easy as it is to use the web.'