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Introduction

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There’s quite a bit of confusion around the Internet of Things (IoT). What is it exactly? Is it something that my business or organization needs to use? If so, how? What are the use cases? The risks? How do I get started?

Because IoT is such a large concept and there has been so much noise associated with it in the past few years, it’s easy to dismiss it all as hype. But make no mistake, IoT is a powerful, long-term approach that every business will need to leverage to succeed in the future.

We won’t be able to answer all the questions posed above, but this ebook is intended to equip you with a solid foundation in the Internet of Things and its accompanying concepts, components, and the technologies that make it all possible. You’ll have a much better handle on what IoT means and how you might be able to use it to build a new organization, to launch a new business line within your existing organization, or to simply improve your internal processes and operations.

At Leverege, we are committed to amplifying human potential and we firmly believe that everyone is made better by openly sharing knowledge, so we’ve created this guide for you. We’ve seen firsthand that many organizations don’t know enough to even begin asking the right questions, and so we hope to narrow that education gap. And we’re well-positioned to do that; we have decades of experience designing and delivering mission-critical, big data systems to both commercial and government customers around the world. We developed the nation’s first comprehensive air defense system and delivered it to the US Air Force, NORAD, and the FAA 73 days after the events of 9/11 (that system still protects the US 24/7/365 today). And now we’re building and powering some of the largest IoT deployments in North America with millions of sensors.

So if you still have questions after reading this ebook, please don’t hesitate to ask us. And without further ado, let’s get into it!