The Internet of Things is also known as IoT, it’s described as lot of physical devices available in the world that are connected to the internet or basically connecting of devices with on and off switch to the Internet. These devices include cellphones, washing machines, lamp, headphones, and most thing you can think of. This has increased the level of digital intelligence of devices, allowing them to communicate without the involvement of human being. For example, a lightbulb can be put on using a smartphone application as an IoT device.
PC and smartphone can’t be considered as IoT devices due to its inability to communicate with the network without human interaction but a fitness band or smartwatch might be counted as an IoT device. The IoT was initially introduced to business and manufacturing but the focus is now shifted to powering homes and offices using smart devices. Due to drop in the price of sensors, it becomes economical to add more devices to the IoT.
Recently, manufacturers now produce component with equipped sensor, reason been that the sensor can transmit a feedback data about their product performance. This is believed to help companies detect when a component will fail and been easily replaced before it damages. The data generated by the sensor equipped product can now be use to provide standardized company product. The use of IoT as home security systems has make monitoring easier, controlling everything though a smartphone app.
The major issue most companies are going to face with IoT is the massive amounts of data that will be generated by all these devices. Companies are expected to pave way in storing, tracking, analyzing and make important use of all the data gathered. For now, the best thing that we can do is educate ourselves about what the IoT is and its potential impacts that can be seen on how we work and live.
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