By Sara Brown

It is that time of year again. A time for reflection and thanksgiving. Of course, there’s the usual: family, friends, good job, health . . . But for our purposes, after a year of anxiety about data security and the impending robot apocalypse, I think it’s a good time to remember the promise of the IoT. After all, it’s why we’re all in this game in the first place—to make a positive difference.

So, here goes (and without the forced and awkward formality of reciting my blessings to Grandma), a short and non-comprehensive list of reasons I’m thankful for the Internet of Things:

·       Improved quality of life thanks to medical devices for chronic disease management

·       More reliable power distribution (we only had one blackout this year – and for fewer       than 20 minutes – imagine)

·       Cleaner air and water due to better environmental monitoring

·       Safer workplaces from factory automation and better regulatory compliance

·       Less dangerous roadways as a result of increasingly connected cars

·       Enhanced public safety paired with improved accountability

·       Incredible economic growth potential

·       Plus, I’ll never lose a pet again! (That one’s for you, AM.)

There’s a lot to be thankful for when it comes to IoT—but most of all, I’m thankful for the community of smart, innovative, talented and gentle folks who have been delivering these great benefits across all areas of the business for years now. Thank you for your efforts. It is a pleasure to know you, work with you and call many of you friends.

Happy Thanksgiving!