Everything in your life ………… connected to the internet!
The clothes you wear, to your pets, to the everyday objects that we use…..all have sensors in them that allow connection and communication between the two….
IoT, what does it stand for? “It’s only Temporary”? , “In order To”? , “I only Thought”? , nonsense all of those answers are wrong. IoT is the “Internet of Things”.
Becoming an increasingly growing topic both in the workplace and outside, it’s a concept that has potential to impact how we live, but also how we work (Atzori, Iera & Morabito, 2010).
In brief terms, IoT is connecting devices with an on and off switch to the Internet. You’re still confused and unsure? Let me give you some examples ; washing machines, headphones, lamps, coffee makers and mobile phones. Does that give you a clearer idea now of what IoT essentially is? If not, let’s continue reading on where I talk more about IoT.
You could say that the IoT is like a giant network of connected ‘things’, which can also include people. As a result, IoT allows for endless opportunities and connections to occur (Morgan, 2014).
By 2020, there may be an estimated 75 billion connected devices to the IoT……….now that’s ALOT of connections (Danova, 2013).
Nest, owned by Google is potentially one of the most successful IoT companies at the current moment. Nest has connected smoke and CO alarm, a security camera and a smart thermostat which can be controlled from a simple mobile app, even if you’re on the other side of the world. How it works is it learns how, when and why you turn your heating up or down in accordance with the weather outside, then it starts doing it all for you. Simple as that!
Next, let’s take the Fitbit for example, a device that tracks and monitors our physical activity, and stores the data away in the cloud. Now, what if your car navigator suddenly knew that there was traffic on the route you were taking to work? Ding ding, you got it right, that’s the IoT at work. Or, what if your heating system knew that you were on your way home from work, and started warming up the house to the temperature that you want it at? Correct again, that’s the IoT at work once more (Sung, 2016). Nike has then moved away from just being a shoe brand, to being a socially connected digital fitness service. It’s interesting and amazing isn’t it the IoT? It’s simply about making people’s lives better, and they’re being integrated into our daily lives (Benady, 2014).
So with reading about IoT up there, it all sounds great doesn’t it? But sadly, it’s not always the case. As….the more connected you are, the more hackers there are. Have we all heard about the issue of fitness tracker’s potentially leaking individual’s personal information? If anyone’s missed it, here’s an article that briefly talks about the situation
Now here’s a nice short video that summaries the IoT if you’re still unsure of what the concept of IoT is: “How It Works: Internet of Things”
So, what your thoughts on IoT? Do you feel that it will continue to grow? Can you name any IoT that exist in your world that you’re currently associated with right now? Remember to leave a message in the comment section below to let me know.
PS. Now if I’ve got you hooked on IoT, here’s a link which has heaps of IoT devices for you to discover.