The “Internet of Things” (IoT) is becoming an increasingly involved part of our everyday lives and conversations unsuspectingly. Things like your smartwatch, smart home appliances and cars are the most widely used and accepted elements of the IoT world, however this list is growing fast.
Simply put, IoT is the Internet based technology that interacts with everyday parts of our lives like cars, home and workplace appliances, equipment and more. IoT takes place when connecting any device with an on/off switch to the internet so people and organizations can control and monitor devices remotely. Think coffee makers. IoT can also be described as the relationship between people-people, people-things, and things-things.
Analysts are projecting IoT device penetration to reach nearly 100 billion connected devices by 2020.The combination of abundant and cheap internet and IT hardware available are largely responsible for the proliferation of IoT.
On a small scale, IoT will be used to connect things like your indoor lighting to the local WiFi network where you can control rooms with your mobile phone. On a larger scale, we will see IoT cities that use connectivity to reduce traffic, energy and waste to improve lives of communities.
IoT pundits express concern about privacy related issues and the amount of data collected and stored by these devices. To address this issue, equipment manufacturers and integrators will need to utilize best practice in storing, tracking and disseminating the enormous amount of data generated.
You may ask, how will it impact me? The answer is in every possible way. Anything that can be connected will be, the next technological frontier is happening now.
Gartner predicts that by 2020, there will be over 26 billion connected devices worldwide
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