This guest column is authored by Gunjan Tripathi, Marketing Expert, Cheap SSL Shop
Smart cars, home equipment, and even robots started booming in the global market as soon the 21st technology gained roots in the world. The year 2015 was however, the most technically evolved year with most objects detected and controlled remotely across existing networks infrastructures. This in turn has allowed and created opportunities for integration of the physical world with computer-based programs.
The IoT has many broad definitions but it can be described as a huge network, which connects devices and vehicles using electrical sensors and the Internet. It is a network of interrelated objects and devices such as vehicles and computing devices; embedded with unique identifiers that aid in transferring data over the network without necessarily relying on human-to-human or human-to-machine interaction.
In simple terms, IOT is an interconnection of virtually everything electrical and electronic around us. In other words, the definition may sound ambiguous for now but surely, this is where the trend is driving us in the near future.
Trends in IoT
The trends witnessed in 2016 will get spilled into 2017 and even better, we’ll see a greater impact of IoT. Internet of Things has also helped companies make and value data-driven decisions not to mention that they can now fill the gap between the vast amount of data they are getting and extracting beneficial insight from it through top draw analytics. In the following section, we will analyse some of the top IOT trends that are driving our lives into a completely new world.
1. Security of things
Connections made over the Internet can be prone to hacking and data breaches. There is a rise in concern about the security of IoT especially in a bid to ensure such data security breaches are mitigated. Cyber Security experts have been looking for a solution to this and most of them recommend solution providers who ensure that security is guaranteed to the devices and machines, which leverage their services for connection.
2. Automated smart vehicles
You have probably heard about vehicles that can self-park or self-drive themselves while you sit and do very little in it. Well, you can afford to enjoy this thanks to IoT. Therefore, you might be wondering how this is possible. Depending on the technology deployed, such a vehicle might be connected to a Google map that lays down the available routes to your destination and smart algorithms for the distance estimation. Of course, it is not that simple as there is a need for some control engineering to get the whole thing working but you can judge that IOT is part of the core framework of the system. This was a major trend in 2016. In fact, 2016 saw more smart cars manufactured as the demand for them escalated.
For example, IoT has made driving extremely easy as all you have to do is input your destination to a smart car and you are good to go. Car manufacturing industries in 2017- especially those in the US, are expected to ship their cars embedded with 4G-LTE capability to ensure that there are all connected anywhere in across the world. This will guarantee more sales for the company and another happy generation whose life has just become a little easier.
3. Automated smart factories
Smart factories and manufactures are on the rise thanks to IoT. On the other hand, a massive number of workers might end up losing their jobs since they are no longer needed to do tasks such as packaging or sealing the finished products. These days, machines are programmed to do automatically what humans used to do, albeit with better performance, that work is done faster and more efficiently. IoT has helped in the improvement of productivity and profits as well as labor efficiencies hence contributed to the growth of many industrial companies.
4. Digitalised health sector
Don’t you think that having a device that wirelessly monitors your glucose level is quite amazing? The year 2016 saw the development of wearable devices that could monitor health and fitness. Devices such as wearable watches that go hand in hand with phone applications, are booming in the market today. Most of the wearable devices that are prevalent revolve around fitness and health trackers enabled by wireless connectivity. This feature best enables individuals keep track of various aspects of their health whilst also forwarding the vital data to health professionals.
5. New business models
New business models are now taking shape courtesy of IOT. Take an example of the farming sector where there are traditionally huge challenges facing farmers. Of course, pests and sowing times are considered two most common challenges in this sector. In addition, once the plants are fully-grown and ready for harvesting, it sometimes takes the farmers a longer time to do it, which leads to lower income.
On a positive note, the development of technology has seen these challenges reduced and even eliminated. A good example is the internet based pest management systems composed of smart hardware and software that have helped farmers save on labor, costs and most important of all they are now getting the better income.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the best trends that we are experiencing so far. There is no arguing that the world has truly become a global village and life has become much easier. Let us all embrace this new way of life, get smarter with the world and be challenged to change the world in our own unique ways with IoT.