The Internet of Things (IoT) & The Cape, Islands and Southeastern MA You may have heard this word a lot recently, There is constant discussion around The Internet of Things (IoT) but do you really understand what it is and what impact it will have on our daily lives? And have you thought of what type of infrastructure will power this type of connectivity? The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, people or even animals that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over to a network without requiring human-to-human computer interaction. On the Cape for instance, the Internet of Things will be utilized for everything from traffic congestion, remote healthcare, distance learning, wastewater management, smart grid power utilization, weather prediction, shark tracking and alerts and much, much more. Think about your home and all the personal applications as well, does your iPhone connect to your coffee machine automatically so you can brew coffee each morning when your alarm goes off? Can you turn your air conditioning in your home on or off while you are lying on the beach? Does your baby monitor allow you to check in on your babysitter during the day. These are all examples of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. All this connectivity comes with a price though, the Internet of Things will drive network capacity to the point that only fiber-optic networks will be able service the skyrocketing demand. The copper and legacy solutions incumbent providers offer simply will not meet the need. OpenCape's 100% fiber optic network provides a state-of-the-art, secure, resilient fiber connection with unmatched upload and download speeds that was designed to be scalable for any perceived requirements in the future. In that sense, the Cape & Islands are more than prepared for the future. In fact, network capacity may be critical to the success of the smart home. If consumers find that their smart home products don't work because their network can't handle the traffic, they'll abandon the devices before trying to re-configure their own networks. These predictions may seem speculative, but considering that consumers will use four-times the amount of data than businesses by 2019 and the typical family home could have as many as 500 networked devices by 2022, high-capacity networks are more important to consumers than ever before.