First Things First: What the heck is the IoT, exactly?
We’ve all heard the phrase thrown around, but let’s get this clear:
The Internet of Things refers to the billions of physical devices around the world connected to the internet, collecting and sharing data.
Though this idea isn’t new (. . . it’s been around since the ’80s!), the wave really picked up steam when Steve Jobs made our phones “smart.” All it took was a connection to Wi-Fi networks, enabling real-time data communication through a small device. A clever disguise for a supercomputer in our pocket.
Since then, our global communications infrastructure developed to the point where we can stick a small RFID tag (more on that below) on literally any physical object and “listen” to that device – “hearing” its location, speed, temperature, status, health, etc.
We believe that many solution providers will engage in IoT conversations sooner than later, so let’s do a quick overview.
4 Key Elements to IoT
Every IoT environment requires the following – and we can supply you with #2 and #3:
- Sensors. From Wi-Fi + Bluetooth to RFID + ZigBee, the methods of collecting + transmitting a device’s data output are encountering a growth spurt – you’ll find quite a variety.
- Gateway. Though gateways take many forms, depending on the application, the most common is called a wireless access point, aka the hub of communication that receives info from your device.
- Computation. Something’s gotta make that “smart” device smart. Your server & storage infrastructure – whether housed in the cloud or on-premise hardware – is doing the grunt work (i.e., processing all that “thing” data).
- Communication. That’s the output required for the system to work, which turns massive Big Data sets => useful information.
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So, tell me, Dan, where’s IoT headed?
The age of IoT has arrived, everyone! Connected devices will become more and more ubiquitous – in myriad areas of our lives – over the next few years.
You see, the world already holds 11 BILLION connected devices . . . and Gartner predicts over 20B by the end of next year.
In other words, there’s no stemming this tide. Whether we like it or not, our “things” (a comical understatement, given their advanced abilities!) talk to the internet.
Naturally, this connection raises some serious – and valid – concerns regarding privacy + security. Most consumers with an Echo in their home discovered that eavesdropping could happen anytime. Not just when they interact with the device.
The fallout? . . . Each connected device represents a poorly-guarded gateway for hackers to enter a network and do damage to companies + individuals. These serious issues must be worked out in the coming years, for everyone’s safety – and with the minds at work these days, I predict that we’ll all watch amazing IoT-security advances.
No matter your stance re: these concerns, IoT + our hyper-connected world are just getting started; this wave is in its infancy.
With total world spending on IoT exceeding $2,000,000,000,000 (yep, that’s 2 trillion!) last year, we invite you to join us in capturing the economic opportunity – and helping to shape the IoT industry and implementations for the most good – while mitigating the risks.
Got projects developing in this space?
We’d love to hear about them! Reach out, and let’s talk about where you are on the IoT journey.