The idea is simple: Countless chips with sensors are placed in/on buildings, cities, clothing, farm animals and even people, and telecommunications technology is connecting precisely these chips/sensors to establish the “Internet” of things. The “connected” objects can provide data via status parameters (e.g. into the cloud), on the one hand, and these “connected” objects can be controlled via an app or similar devices, on the other hand. For example, microchipped clothing can pass on care instructions to a washing machine, a heating system can be remotely regulated via app, or sensors in machines provide the relevant data for predictive maintenance.


The author is a manager in the software industry with international expertise: Authorized officer at one of the large consulting firms - Responsible for setting up an IT development center at the Bangalore offshore location - Director M&A at a software company in Berlin.