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Things are about to get interesting John Cook, president, Enterprise IT, VT Group and member of Association of Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN) examines the passive optical LAN and the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT).


nternet of Things is defined by the Oxford dictionary as, ‘the interconnection via the internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data. To expand on this definition, the IoT is the network of physical objects, devices, vehicles, buildings and other items embedded with the electronics, software, sensors and connectivity that enables them to collect and exchange data.

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IoT has near unlimited number of applications and is all about the data. It is driving the ver ticals to digital transformation, providing mobility to IoT enabled networks, and delivering ser vice flexible models and new ser vices. In the near future, things like machines, homes, hotels, cars and tools will be connected to the internet leading to smar t traffic, cities, and environments. The roots of IoT began in improving logistics and inventory

management. We see its presence in a variety of industries and whether we realise it or not, IoT is greatly influencing our day-today lives. With the opportunities surrounding IoT, this advancement shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. To make a comparison, the current world population is 7.5 billion. According to APOLAN’s Passive Optical LAN: The Perfect Partner for the Internet of Things, a recent Gartner report predicts the

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