What are Networked Objects (Internet of Things)?


Networked objects connect the physical world with the world of information through the web. They do so through TCP/IP, the set of standards that enables network connections and specifies how information finds its way to and from myriad connections it contains. TCP/IP was formulated in the 1970s by Vinton Cerf and Robert E. Kahn. The advent of TCP/IP v6, launched in 2006, added enormous new addressing capabilities to the Internet, and enabled objects and the information they might carry in attached sensors or devices to be addressable and searchable across the web. This expanded address space is particularly useful for tracking objects that monitor sensitive equipment or materials, point-of-sale purchases, passport tracking, inventory 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. Traditional web tools allow objects to be annotated with descriptions, photographs, and connections to other objects, and any other contextual information.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • This technology in tandem with other technologies such as drones, etc will allow agents to do much more of their agriculture and natural resources work remotely. The real challenge will be teaching the agents how to use the new technology. - dgeller dgeller May 3, 2016
  • - greg.johll greg.johll May 23, 2016 I think you are getting at this idea in the Networked Objects, but current language is IoT. From what I've been reading security is an afterthought for the most part. While I have yet to see where IoT fits in to either the development or delivery of Cooperative Extension educational programming, IoT itself may need to be what we have expertise in so we can teach others. A possible new content area for Extension specialist. [Editor's Note: Added here from RQ2.]
  • I agree with the statement above. As our "things" become more and more connected, they will increasingly be a part of our clients' quality of life, and therefore of interest to us as Extension educators. - brittany.coop brittany.coop May 27, 2016 [Editor's Note: Added here from RQ2.]
  • This is kind of in the same category as my biohacking addition below...IoT is partly about new technologies, but I believe it's more about what we are doing (or can do) with technologies that are already available, and how it will impact our work (with individuals, families, and the fabric of society) in very profound ways. I think it absolutely needs to have a presence in these discussions. Is RQ3 the best place for this topic or does it also belong in RQ2? Perhaps we need an additional category? - andersonb andersonb Jun 5, 2016 [Editor's Note: Added here from RQ2.]

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • - jeff.hino jeff.hino May 8, 2016I recommend this topic title be changed to Internet of Things. This is the current moniker for this type of technology, and implies much more than the current title with respect to issues of not only the technology but the social issues---think privacy, Big Data. I think referring to it as IoT would also resonate more with our team, and elicit more comments and input.
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on higher education?

  • We will have to change the way we teach agents as they will be able to cover a greater geographical area and have a greater impact using this technology. - dgeller dgeller May 3, 2016
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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