The internet of things essentially consists of four parts: The things, the network, the cloud server and data analytics.
Things are devices that are capable of interfacing with the world in order to acquire data and/or to provide actuation. The things also provide connectivity so that they can connect to the Network and send and receive data.
The network provides a communications channel so that the things can: a) send data in to the network so that it can be stored processed and data analytics can be applied. b) receive data, commands and updates from the cloud server.
Provides a platform for collecting, analysing and distributing data.
Individual temperature measurements from your living room, for example, might not be so useful, but combine that with time of day, location of occupants, current energy consumption and we could potential start to predict what and control certain aspects of the home environment in order to optimise energy usage or comfort. Now imagine collecting this data for many homes, even entire cities and using it to control energy production in real time or predict likely demand surges. Data Analytics provides the tools that let you make sense of large real time data sets.