Intelligent Device

What Does Intelligent Device Mean?

An intelligent device is a machine, instrument, piece of equipment or any other device with internal computing capability. The current list of intelligent devices is extensive, including personal and hand-held computers, cars, home appliances, geological equipment, medical instruments and equipment, aircraft, weaponry, and cameras.


Techopedia Explains Intelligent Device

Network connectivity for intelligent devices is being used for an ever-increasing variety of products. To manage these over the Internet a new category of software is being designed, called device relationship management (DRM) software, which manages, services and monitors diverse intelligent devices.

In February of 2009, Harbor Research, a world leader in market research and consulting experts for machine to machine (M2M) communication and smart services, published its 2009-2013 M2M / Pervasive Internet Market Forecast Report report, which estimated that:

  • Intelligent device shipments will grow from 73 million units in 2008 to 430 million in 2013.
  • Total revenue from intelligent device sales will exceed $12 billion by 2013.
  • Most growth will occur as a result of wireless personal area network technologies, particularly those used in wireless sensor networks.
  • Strong demand for M2M and associated services persists.

Related Terms

Latest General Computing Terms

Related Reading

Margaret Rouse

Margaret Rouse is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical, business audience. Over the past twenty years her explanations have appeared on TechTarget websites and she's been cited as an authority in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine and Discovery Magazine.Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages. If you have a suggestion for a new definition or how to improve a technical explanation, please email Margaret or contact her…