The Internet of things (IoT) refers to the vast network of real-time physical objects, devices, and components that are interconnected via sensors, processors, and other networking technologies to transact and share information with other such devices and networks over the Internet. One of the most promising areas for development in the field of IT is the area of the Internet of things or IoT, which promises to deliver a cost-effective, ubiquitous, and secure platform for a wide range of real-time interaction in diverse domains, including manufacturing, healthcare, education, transportation, and consumer electronics. Although the Internet of things has been around for some years, its potential impact on our lives has only just begun to materialize. To provide a brief overview of what this concept entails, consider the following:
First, unlike traditional computing architectures, the Internet of things enables the exchange and deployment of data between devices-and even between humans and machines. The Internet, through its ubiquitous Wi-Fi signals and associated Wi-Fi hot spots, for instance, lets people share digital content like videos and photos across the globe without having to experience data delays. On the other hand, traditional computers and computer networks experience significant delays in the exchange of data, making them unable to deliver the required results as soon as required. These delays, coupled with rising energy costs, make industrial applications increasingly attractive to businesses and consumers alike.
Second, the Internet of things affects how we work. Rather than being tied to one desktop or laptop computer per machine, employees in the twenty-first century are now expected to be fully networked, with an increasing number of them having mobile devices as well. Consumer electronics manufacturers are already marketing “connected” products, which embed wireless technology within their products to allow the user to take their device with them wherever they go, opening up an entirely new range of possibilities in the area of business. The Internet also gives organizations a ready supply of data, ready to be deployed and analyzed wirelessly by employees in the field, opening up new and more effective ways to collaborate with clients and customers.
The Internet also offers enormous potential in the area of education. With all the devices that can be networked together and all the applications that can be accessed, anyone can imagine a world in which every type of educational process is completely networked and in which every piece of educational material and reference is available at the touch of a finger. The possibilities are nearly endless. Imagine, for instance, that with the help of an internet-connected classroom you can easily and quickly share lesson plans with students all over the world-all without the hassle of print materials or handwritten notes.
Finally, the Internet of things can potentially be particularly advantageous for consumers. By connecting devices via the internet to share information, customers can get real-time updates on weather conditions, news, and sports scores, for instance-or at the flip of a button, get the latest score in the NBA or save their favorite song. This kind of functionality makes internet-connected devices not only useful but indispensable.
With all these opportunities already realized, it’s easy to see why internet things are becoming big business. As companies, government agencies, academic institutions, and households develop their use of connected devices, the future for devices and the Internet itself looks bright. The key, of course, is to ensure that devices are safe from hackers and other cyber-intruders. However, with the way smartphones and tablets have developed their interfaces with the computer and internet, users may also find themselves embracing the Internet Of Things as a way of life.