The Internet of Things (IoT)
Imagine a world where making coffee, doing laundry, washing the dishes and vacuuming the floor can all be done while staying online. This world will soon be possible, thanks to the new and developing concept of the “Internet of Things”. But what is the Internet of Things?
There has been a raging discussion filled with technical talk and computer jargon that most of us cannot understand anyway regarding the concept of the Internet of Things. Essentially, the Internet of Things (or IoT) is the idea of equipping any device with the option of being able to connect to the internet with one push of a button. Having network connectivity allows these electronic devices to send and receive data.
This includes all electronically powered devices like lamps, washing machines, coffee makers, refrigerators, anything you have at home that has a plug. This can also apply to components of a machine like the gas tank in your car and the drill in an oil rig. There are a lot of connections that are made within this concept. It creates a giant network where the relationship will be between people and people, people and objects and objects and objects. The availability of Broadband Networks, the cost-efficiency of technology and the fame of smart phones has opened this possibility for the Internet of Things.
The IoT has breached a wide array of opportunities. It allows any device that can be connected, to be connected and be a part of a bigger network working towards a common goal. Your home appliances will be working together to better suit your need and lifestyle and will help you and your home be more energy efficient. The same principle applies when the Internet of Things is used in bigger settings. Think of cities where lampposts, surveillance, transportation systems, water hydrants; everything and anything can be programmed to become more energy efficient saving a big amount of money. However, there will always be a setback, the biggest issue being Security.
Creating a network and connecting devices into the internet will require the owner to divulge personal information. Having such a large network will significantly loosen the security features of your home network and may lead to your home as an easy target. What if someone hacks into your fridge and garners access from all of your personal accounts because of this? Another issue that has to be tackled is the amount of data that will be produced by the devices connected to the Internet. Service providers need to find a way to efficiently handle, store, follow and analyze all these data being generated while working fast enough to meet consumer demands.
There may still be other issues to arise in the future concerning the use of IoT. Whatever these may be, being prepared through constant education and keeping yourself updated on the trends is still the best way to equip yourself against the possibility of a coup waged by your gadgets against you.