Over the years, the Internet of Things (IoT) sphere created a lot of similar terms with similar meanings. Although we are already talking for more than 30 years about IoT, there is still no clear and catchy description. Today, it gets even worse: with Industry 4.0 and Digitalization new technologies and terms occurred within shortest time. And especially in businesses, I see a lot of people playing around with the terms the wrong way. Many get it wrong — or don’t even know that there is a difference. Are you aware of what IoT, IIoT, and AIoT stand for?

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Intro

Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) has left its infancy. It has become one of the core technologies for the age of digitalization. With this transition, IoT has to address new requirements. Rollouts into business operations suddenly require professional integrations into existing IT-landscapes and easy-to-use applications. The Digital Twin is a rather young concept. It describes the virtual representation of physical business objects. On the first glimpse, combining IoT and Digital Twins seems promising. But why and how can both together pave the way for the future of IoT?

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