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Internet of Things

The internet of Things (IoT) is the technology that links our various devices to the internet and makes them intelligent. Cars, fridges and workplace production systems are just a few examples of things that can be made to communicate with each other and with us, their users.

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Today, access to the internet is taken for granted. Regardless of where you live, the internet is regarded as just as essential to our lives as water and electricity supplies. But now this applies not only to people but also to the things we own and use. In addition to traditional tasks such as the acquisition, processing and storage of data, access to the internet makes it possible for our devices to transfer data to each other and onward to us, their users. Characteristics such as "intelligent" and "smart" can thus no longer be applied only to people. Increased wireless network speed and capacity have enabled the devices around us to become more advanced and smart enough to exploit intelligent communications systems and cloud-based services.

IoT technologies are revolutionising the way people communicate. They offer us new insights and create new business models. At SINTEF we are expecting exponential growth in the IoT market, and the roll-out of 5G networks, which are important in connection with IoT development, is of special interest.

At SINTEF we are working actively with IoT research and development, focusing on technology, services and applications. We offer specialist expertise in fields such as communication systems, navigation, positioning, sensors, data analysis and processing, information security and artificial intelligence. By working together with both the business and public sectors, we are developing innovative, sustainable and digital systems for the future internet of things. Together with NTNU and the University of Oslo, we run the Gemini Centre on Internet of Things.