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Key Business Analytics by Bernard Marr

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Sensor data

What is it?

A sensor is a device, usually electronic, that takes a physical quality such as temperature or light, measures it and converts it into information or data that can then be analysed for insights.

Sensors have been around for a long time but their range and application has increased exponentially resulting in the Internet of Things (IoT) – where more and more objects are being manufactured with embedded sensors which gather data and allows those objects to communicate with each other. You can already buy carpet with inbuilt sensors that can tell when someone walks on it! This is being used by people concerned about an elderly relative to make sure they are safe and moving about. With the Internet of Things the sensors ...

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