IOT Operating Systems: Usage, devices and characteristics 

The Internet is no longer just a world-wide library that is teeming with information of all kinds. After smartphones, several small devices like watches, sensors, security systems, and door locks are becoming integrated with IoT operating systems that connect the devices over the Internet. These devices mostly use cloud computing technology that is highly efficient, fast, and has a very low memory footprint. 

What is IoT? 

Internet of Things, by definition, is a combination of a network of devices integrated with systems and software to connect and exchange information over the Internet. In other words, these are Internet-enabled smart gadgets that are connected through cyberspace in real-time without the need for human intervention. 

Standard devices around us that use IoT Operating Systems 

Although the term might seem high-end and futuristic, the truth is we are surrounded by numerous devices and gadgets that are IoT-based. Here are some common examples of these devices.

  • Smartwatches

A smartwatch is one of the common examples of IoT-based smart devices. They are equipped with a variety of sensors and are connected to smartphones over the Internet. You can choose to display any type of information from your cell phone to be displayed on the watch and control its working, remotely.

  • Smart Sensors

Another IoT device is smart sensors. It is a broad category of sensors that take specific input from the environment, interpret it and perform the output task accordingly. Some examples of these sensors are smart smoke detectors, heat sensors, and pulse rate recorders.

Commonly used IoT operating systems

There is a vast variety of IoT operating systems. Below mentioned are some commonly used systems with simple, easy, and efficient interfaces.

  •  Tiny OS 
  •  RIOT 
  •  LiteOS
  •  Nano-RK 
  •  Mantis
  •  Contiki 


Characteristics of IoT operating systems 

Some of the must-have characteristics of IoT operating system are listed as:

  • Optimization with Transmission Control Protocol for seamless information relay over the Internet.
  • The low memory footprint for easy data transmission and minimum storage required 
  • Compatibility with other operating systems and scalability with all kinds of devices


 Everything around us seems to run on IoT, and we are surrounded by smart devices all the time. Choosing the right operating system for your IoT device or operation is crucial. IoT operating system-based gadgets are, no doubt, the future of technology.

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