The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity—that enables these objects to collect and exchange data. (ref. Wikipedia)
what does Internet of Things mean?
In simple terms it means a world where everything electronic is connected by a network. How this makes your life easier is these devices exchange data there by automating your life.
The internet has only simplified human life since its advent circa early 2000s. In nearly two decades, we have information about any topic in just two clicks of a mouse. Our devices have gotten more compact yet their functionality has increased by leaps and bounds. With two points on what was once on the opposite ends of the spectrum of human technological development, finally meeting to usher in a whole new era of devices that could possibly eradicate human assistance for its function, the Internet of Things is indeed a reason for everyone to be excited.
In 1967, the Philco-Ford company produced a short filming called The Home of the Future-1999 A.D. The film was essentially a reverse-time capsule containing predictions for a computer controlled house in the year 1999. Although the Philco-Ford company was light-years behind in technology we have today, the predictions are eerily accurate. Cross-pollination to produce GMO crops, computers taking over the schoolroom, meal planning done via computer. The whole film is a blast from the Space Age.
The 60s were riddled with predictions of a computer controlled future (remember HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey), and rightfully so as mankind had finally taken a giant step. But what is amazing is how accurate the predictions were. We have eyes on Mars, we talk via hands free phones and we have airplanes that are capable of breaking the sound-barrier.
The future has arrived and with it the Internet of Things.
So, what do we look forward to in the era of IoT? Everything electronic would transmit and receive data. What this translates into is that everything will be measured and tracked all the time and cloud-based apps would be peaking usage-wise. The potential of analyzing and utilizing data that is collected in real-time basis is monumental.
This level of constant monitoring will help detect major issues and handle them before they occur. Another important part of IoT is that actionable data will be shared (in real-time of course). Wearable tech monitors health data and transmits it to doctors who can improve the quality of healthcare in the long run.
With IoT the most important thing is that communication increases. Data is transmitted from industry to industry; data is shared among stake-holders, co-workers and employees. Data used to make smart cars will be used to improve traffic which can lead to developing smarter cities. In other words, we will all be connected in the great circle of the Internet of Things.
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