Wikipedia defines the Internet of Things (IoT) as the network of physical objects such as machinery, vehicles, buildings, roads, etc. that are equipped with electronics and connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data.  There is a lot of hype about IoT as it relates to manufacturing  and a number of technology-laden industries, including the power industry. 

What is the buzz about the IOT as it relates to electric transmission and distribution?  Hasn’t connectivity been the cornerstone of the power industry since the days of Edison?