As Internet of Things activity begins to ramp up in many industries, ABI Research is exploring the “Internet of Robotic Things.” In a recent report, the firm describes the many ways IoT infrastructure and services will intersect with robotic technologies to deliver advanced functionality, novel applications and new business opportunities.

The research study says with the Internet of Robotic Things intelligent devices can monitor events, fuse sensor data from a variety of sources, use “intelligence” to determine a best course of action, and then act to control or manipulate objects the physical world. In some cases these devices will do this while physically moving.

The incorporation of the robotics aspect into the wider IoT “transforms the landscape currently dominated by business models built upon passive interaction to dynamic and physical relationships” between the digital and physical world, the firm says.

“Currently, most IoT initiatives are focused on using connected devices with simple, passive sensors to manage, monitor and optimize systems and their processes, usually as part of supply chain optimization efforts,” Dan Kara, practice director, robotics at ABI Research, said in a statement.

“The combination of advanced sensing, communication, local and distributed processing, and actuation take the original vision for the IoT to a wholly different level, and one that opens up whole new classes of opportunities for IoT and robotics solution providers, as well as users of their products,” Kara said.

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