Since the advent of computers, they have gripped us in previously unknown ways. The computing prowess and the endless possibilities of such devices left us fascinated. However, technology shows no sign of slowing down, and the next big thing to hit the planet is IoT. Internet of Things as it is commonly known reflects on an ecosystem with interconnected data-collecting sensors, analysis centers, and similar gadgets that act on such analyses.
The Internet of Things (IoT) as a term was coined in 1999 and since then has piqued the interest of many, especially in the world of technology. Its applications are endless as you can connect anything with the internet to collect data and send data. Smartphones were naturally at the start of this revolution, but the buck doesn’t end there. With smart devices becoming a norm, the present-day can rightly be said to be the era of the Internet of Things.
A smart and interconnected world
We live in the era of globalization, where increased interconnectedness makes us closer to action at all times. Communication lines have strengthened and so have the processing power of systems to analyze these vast communication channels. Sensors and their corresponding technologies have advanced to a level where human interactions and inputs are seldom needed.
Smart devices such as bands, lamps, sneakers, fitness devices, GPS monitors are a big part of our lives, whether it is personal or on an enterprise level. Fields such as transportation, health, logistics, and even education are reaping the rewards of following this path.
The supply chain has benefited from this technology by companies able to track their drivers and trucks at all times. Health officials can track the vitals of their patients by smart wearable devices, and educational facilities can monitor the performance of students with minimum effort and check trending news as well.
The future is IoT
Just like computing systems, the concept of IoT is here to stay. The turn of the century saw remarkable feats in computing technology, and nowadays personal computers are a common household item. Justifying the same trajectory for IoT is not difficult at all as the present-day world already benefits from the concept in several ways.
Items with the connotation ‘smart’ in them are increasingly becoming a common sight. What became a fitness fad with smart bands and smart trackers that tracked vitals of a person, have now transcended into other walks of life. Smart lamps, smart monitors, smart TV’s and the list goes and on. The primary controlling denominator in all these things is the ability to connect to a network.
The network can be connected via Bluetooth or the Wi-Fi, but whatever the medium, it allows the data collected to be interpreted in a way that is useful for companies and users alike. Companies can interpret the data to tailor their services according to user needs, and users can also benefit from the information that can help make better decisions.