Connecting the ‘internet of things’

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By Patrick Clark

With predictions of up to 50 billion internet-enabled devices by 2020, it is worth considering exactly how these devices will actually connect to the internet and to each other.

While some devices will inevitably be subject to fixed connections (cables, wires etc), the vast majority are likely to employ some form of wireless connection.

However, wireless spectrum is a finite resource. Given the projected explosion in connected devices, how is it going to be possible to ensure that they can all be connected without completely swamping the wireless infrastructure? …

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