January 1, 2017
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The concept of the “Internet of Things” (IoT) is no longer the stuff of science fiction but an essential part of the reality of our everyday lives. Today, there are more than 13 billion interconnected digital and electronic devices in operation globally, the equivalent of more than two devices for every human on earth.1 One of the most common examples of IoT in action include technologies and applications intended to support the deployment of so-called “smart home” systems and devices. Indeed, a brief visit to any technology retailer will reveal the scope and breadth of IoT-based smart home devices already on the market, such as programmable appliances, thermostats and lighting controls.
This white paper is part of a series of of technical documents produced by UL experts to address challenges and developments in consumer technology.