You can think of the “Internet of Things” (IoT) as all the devices in your home connected together to a single hub with the help of an internet connection. All of this was possible because computer chips and wireless network connections became available. It can be anything from a small plug-in adaptor to something as big as a vehicle, and it can be made a part of the IoT. When you connect all these devices to a single hub, it adds a level of intelligence to them that would otherwise make them appear dumb. The Internet of Things (IoT) makes it possible for these devices to talk to each other without any help from a person.
So you get the idea of how the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the world around us by making things smarter and more responsive. In this article, we will learn in detail how that is being made possible.
Example of the Internet of Things
Pretty much any physical object around you can be transformed into an IoT device with the help of an internet connection. There is no specific requirement for an internet connection; it can be anything from Xfinity Internet to any other of your preference, as long as it meets the standard requirement for managing these devices. We do recommend going with Xfinity, since along with a seamless internet connection, Xfinity also provides smart home service.
After sorting out the internet, take the example of a lightbulb that can be switched on and off with your smartphone. That is because the lightbulb is “smart” and has the capability of connecting to the same hub as your smartphone through the internet connection. That is how appliances and devices in your home or workplace can be controlled and managed.
Large objects might be filled with smaller IoT components. For instance, take a jet engine. It has multiple sensors that collect and transmit data back to the operator to let them know that it is functioning efficiently. Smaller towns or cities may have sensors around the region to understand and control the environment.
IoT for Consumers
The IoT aims to make our lifestyle easier, whether it is at home, at the workplace, in public places, or in vehicles. There are smart speakers like Google Home or Amazon’s Echo that play your favorite music, look up information, update you on weather changes, and many more. Installing home security systems allows you to monitor activities both inside and outside your home, as well as remotely.You can also manage the temperature around your home by doing it on your phone while connected to the smart thermostat. A smart home may also be able to keep older people independent by making it easier for their families and caregivers to check up on them. Moreover, IoT also boasts of cutting your heating costs and saving energy, which is a bonus for saving your budget.
Hence, the Internet of Things technology is designed to make it convenient for consumers such as yourself to be at home, at the workplace, and in vehicles.
Privacy with IoT a Concern?
IoT devices have all these sensors that are always collecting and transmitting data. One wonders if privacy and security are a concern. Consider a smart home: a smart alarm will ring to let you know that it is time to wake up; a coffee machine will brew coffee and have it ready for you; your smart radio will start playing your favorite radio station; the door sensors will let you know who is ringing the doorbell; etc. Smart home companies are making money by selling you smart objects; hence, they have all the data that you have shared with your smart devices.
Not all smart home companies design their business models around using your data and selling it, but some do. And it is important to note that with the data collected about a person by the IoT, it is pretty easy to find out a lot about that person. For instance, some researchers have found that just by using data from a person’s smart home energy consumption, temperature, carbon dioxide levels, etc. throughout the day, they could work out what that person was having for dinner. So, in a way, your privacy and security are big concerns.
In the coming years, it’s safe to say that IoT will become pretty common in many smart homes and workplaces. Most companies developing IoT devices are still in the early stages, owing to the fact that the materials required, such as sensors, 5G, and so on, are also in the early stages of development. This is why security and privacy might be a risk, so you are also likely to see many IoT mishaps over the years. But that doesn’t change the fact that the Internet of Things has and continues to provide solutions through smart technology in many aspects of our lives.