McKinsey & Company: The rate of adoption is accelerating. Here are six things you need to know. As the Internet of Things (IoT) has gained popular attention in the five years since we first published on the topic, it has also beguiled executives. When physical assets equipped with sensors give an information system the ability to capture, communicate, and process data - and even, in a sense, to collaborate - they create game-changing opportunities: production efficiency, distribution, and innovation all stand to benefit immensely. While the consumer adoption of fitness bands and connected household appliances might generate more media buzz, the potential for business usage is much greater. Research from the McKinsey Global Institute suggests that the operational efficiencies and greater market reach IoT affords will create substantial value in many industries.