INTERNET OF-THINGS

Internet of Things Technology is Creating a Revolution

What it means is that Internet of Things de­vices com­mu­ni­cate with each other by col­lect­ing, stor­ing and trans­fer­ring data. Let’s say you’ve left for a hol­i­day, but you ac­ci­den­tally for­got to turn the lights off be­fore you left. IoT de­vices can de­tect whether there is any move­ment in your house and can be pro­grammed to turn de­vices off af­ter a pe­riod of time. While IoT is still in the early stages of its prod­uct life cy­cle, it is fore­casted to boom in the com­ing years. Gartner fore­casts that ap­prox­i­mately 20 bil­lion con­nected things will be in use world­wide by 2020. Many com­pa­nies have seen IoT as an area with po­ten­tial. At its Worldwide Developers con­fer­ence, Apple in­tro­duced Homekit an Internet of Things plat­form that will co­or­di­nate var­i­ous third-party home au­toma­tion ac­ces­sories, al­low­ing you to un­lock your doors or turn on your lights via your iPhone.

Don’t pic­ture IoT de­vices as some fu­tur­is­tic tech­nol­ogy that looks like it be­longs on the set of Ironman. In fact, don’t pic­ture IoT de­vices at all. What dif­fer­en­ti­ates these de­vices, is their in­vis­i­bil­ity. They do not in­clude a screen or key­board like most smart de­vices. As a re­sult, they weave them­selves into the fab­ric of every­day life through their size and scale. One im­por­tant as­pect to note is that you should­n’t be con­cerned with the de­vice it­self. The real value and in­sight comes from the data that these de­vices pro­vide. By cap­tur­ing and trans­fer­ring data, the de­vices are talk­ing to each other. Picture your house telling your lights that no-one’s home and they sub­se­quently turn off. Data em­pow­ers us and we’re only just dis­cov­er­ing what is pos­si­ble when it comes to data ex­trac­tion.

But is IoT too in­tru­sive? One of the more con­tro­ver­sial con­cepts is smart toi­lets. This in­cor­po­rates IoT tech­nol­ogy to sam­ple your stool and pro­vide health re­lated in­sights. Your toi­let could then in­form you whether you’re preg­nant or whether you have a bac­te­r­ial in­fec­tion. Perhaps sur­pris­ingly, sur­vey re­sults sug­gest that 70% of peo­ple would be will­ing to share data from their smart toi­let if it led to health­care sav­ings.

Some peo­ple re­main scep­ti­cal, hold­ing the be­lief that we will be­come too re­liant on the tech­nol­ogy. Whether or not you’re a fan, the fu­ture of IoT looks promis­ing as it’s poised to ini­ti­ate a tech rev­o­lu­tion. To learn more about the Future of IoT tech­nol­ogy check out the WorkingMouse blog.

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Matt Francis

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