DevExplains: The 'internet of things'

Find out how the “internet of things” is being used in service delivery, development projects and humanitarian relief in this DevExplains video.

Put simply, the internet of things, or IoT, refers to the system of connected devices that enables smart technology — technology that learns and adapts in response to data collected.

In the global development community, smart grid technology is probably the most well-known use of IoT, but energy is just one example. Many development professionals believe this connected system could increase efficiency in a number of other ways, and some are already harnessing it as part of their projects and programs in developing countries.

Watch the DevExplains video above to learn how IoT works and find out more about how the concept is being used in the global development and humanitarian relief sectors.

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About the author

  • Julie Espinosa

    Julie Espinosa is the Associate Director of Creative at Devex. She leads a team of visual storytellers who work with reporters all over the globe to cover the topics of humanitarian aid, sustainable development and global health. Prior to joining Devex, Julie worked in documentary film production in Austin, Texas. She holds a master’s degree in communications and cultural studies from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s in visual arts from Harvard University.