The Internet of Things

For years, we have been able to search, connect, and communicate over the internet. The interaction between us and the internet is daily; It has become a part of our life. In our routine, in communicating, in our knowledge - we all have a strong reliance on the internet. Now, what if I told you the internet could have a strong reliance on us? On our actions, on our habits, on our health? Let me introduce you to the future – its name, The Internet of Things.

Now, you are probably wondering what is this “Internet of Things” I speak of. Well, simply put, The Internet of Things describes itself from its name. It is the internet, for things. It is the concept of connecting any device with an on and off switch to the internet and or to each other. According to Forbes magazine, 87% of people have not heard of the term; However, Forbes magazine also stated that by 2020, the number of internet connected devices will reach or even surpass 50 billion. Scary? Well, maybe it is; but the real question is – what are examples of the ‘Internet of things’ and will it be able to help me? From, cellphones, coffee makers, home security, washing machines, lamps, and almost anything else that pops in your mind will be connected to the internet. IOT will help save thousands of lives, make our life easier, and overall provide a better standard of living.

It is here to save time, lives, and energy.

The ‘Internet of Things’ can be defined as a network of internet-connected objects able to collect and exchange data using embedded sensors (per Business Insider). That’s a pretty complex definition. What IOT really does is makes your life much, much, much more simple. Whether it is effortlessly turning on the coffee machine from your smart phone before you get out of bed to having your doctor tracking your heart condition in real time, the opportunity for IOT is endless. 

How does it do all this you may ask? Sophisticated chips and sensors are emended in physical things around us – things that we use every day. Each chip transmits valuable data that helps us understand how these things work and work together. Devices are joined through a single IOT platform which provides the common language for devices, things, and apps to communicate together. From this, we receive real time notifications on: where to park downtown New York, who has entered our house late at night, and the ability set the temperature of our oven before we even step in the front door – just for some examples.

6 IOT Facts:
  1. In 2018, there will be 4.9 billion devices connected to the internet [1]
  2. By 2020, it is predicted there will be 6.1 billion smart phone users [2]
  3. By 2020, a quarter of a billion vehicles will be connected to the Internet [3]
  4. According to estimations by McKinsey Global Institute, the IoT will have a total economic impact of up to $11 trillion in 2025 [4]
  5. 87% of people have not heard of the term ‘Internet of Things’ [5]
  6. For every person on earth, there will be between two and six connected devices by 2020 [6]

The Internet of Things has arrived and it is here to stay. It will change how we conduct our everyday lives. Like most, however, it will have pros and cons that will both excite and frustrate people. As technology advances, we can choose to adapt or get left behind and I believe IOT is something you do not want to get left behind on.

Written By: Michael Murphy


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