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The internet's next big frontier

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In its early days the internet was seen simply as a way of transferring data across large distances but it is now playing an ever increasing part in our lives.

David Reid reports on what is seen as the next big frontier for the web - called the internet of things - allowing you to use your smartphone to control your home heating, pay for parking and even monitor your own fitness.

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