theory, the concept that any physical object can connect to the Internet and
communicate with other objects to report real-world information to people via
smartphones, tablets and PCs — known as the Internet of Things — has a lot of
potential to benefit consumers. However, this concept can also pose dangers for
businesses that are not prepared to address the technology's inherent risks.
instance, a smart refrigerator could notify you if your food has expired. Smart
utility meters are already being used in some areas to connect energy providers
with building owners, to provide information about energy use. And connected
thermostats monitor the temperature of a building and turn on the heat or air
conditioning as needed. Read more.