The Internet of Things (IoT) is fueling innovation in nearly every part of our lives. Simply connecting the “things” that were never connected before is leading to new data insights that translate into meaningful change.

The Internet of Things connects the physical world to the Internet so that you can use data from devices to increase productivity and efficiency. The Internet of Things is important because it makes previously unusable data available. IoT applications tap into device data and let you visualize, explore, and build sophisticated analytics such as machine learning in the cloud. IoT applications can also run on devices so they can respond in real-time as events unfold. For example, a predictive model for scene detection analysis could run on a security camera and, when the camera sees suspicious activity, it could send an alert.