Internet of Things
Last evening I had an interesting chat with some techie who believes that nothing else but Internet of Things will drive tech companies in the next decade.The excitement of the Internet of Things has been getting bigger by the day, but few people understand what IoT is.Generally, the Internet of Things or IoT is the network of physical objects such as devices, vehicles, buildings and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity enabling these objects to collect and exchange data.What this means is that all these objects can talk to each other but to many, they don’t get what the big deal is. Well, as to give an example, would it be comfortable if my living rooms were at the right temperature when I walk into our house from work? At the moment thats not possible.However, with the IoT, it will be possible anywhere in the world.Nowadays, we have devices that tell our offices that we are about to leave the house, so start switching on the computer. Another example is where cars can update the house that it should start cooling down the rooms by turning on the AC and boiling the vegetables. As we get close to the door the phone can unlock the front door for us and turn on the lights in the foyer.However, there are still many challenges facing IoT. The good news is that IoT doesn’t have to respond just to one person. In Australia, a company is using IoT set moods among its testers and next month they start doing so in events like sports and movie time. In some areas in Sydney and Melbourne, people can have their lights, shades, entertainment system and AC adjusted to create the perfect environment for movies while taking into account the time of day so that it knows to lower the shades or turn on the lights.
In Finland, some company is working on having your house make you coffee. Home security is one more part of IoT that people are looking into. Having remote viewable cameras and door locks that can tell you if it’s unlocked or locked and allow you to lock or unlock it remotely can provide peace of mind. The corporate usage of this has been around for a while. Presentation mode lighting in meeting rooms or smart boards that can email what was written on them. It’s all now become affordable to the point we can put it into our homes. All this has been made possible with cheaper microprocessors and new communications protocols.What we see as a luxury at the moment will become a standard and we could not imagine a world without it. The big question is what will this technology bring to us as users? Data. We can use IoT to gather data on our behaviour and help make our lives better. It can help us understand our use of water, electricity and even food habits. US companies have been at the forefront of health tracking with activity monitors, smart scales, IoT sugar meters and many more stuff. This could give medical experts in the country a clear picture of US population health when they go for checkups.Same can be applied in understanding and saving on electric and water bills. Even drive smarter for better fuel consumption is now being piloted in England and Wales.Overall, my techie blud wasn’t ecstatic for nothing.