Connected devices. Sprawling networks. Huge amounts of data. In brief, that’s the Internet of Things.(IoT)
IoT describes physical objects (or groups of) with sensors, software, processing ability, and other technologies that can connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the Internet.
In recent times, IoT has taken hold as one of the most important technologies of the 21st century. Now that we can all connect everyday objects—sound systems, doorbells, kitchen appliances, cars, thermostats, health gadgets, baby monitors—to the internet through embedded devices, seamless communication is possible between people, processes, and things. It’s ground-breaking stuff!
With this exciting and transformative relationship between relatively dull every day domestic appliances and the internet comes a whole host of seemingly endless possibilities.
You can be reminded to take your blood pressure pills, wish your Aunt happy birthday and send her a gift with Amazons systems. You can set your home heating to the right temperature from your phone and set your water sprinklers to activate. You can programme a robotic device to hoover your lounge from your laptop. This is information technology that can gather its own information after all.
Following some recent industry research that suggested UK homes had as many as 28 active wi-fi connected devices, the Legend fibre team asked our own Linkedin and Twitter followers in a recent poll how many devices they thought they had connected at any one time.
The results are in and the majority of 61.54% of followers had over 10 connected devices on at any one time, with only 7.69% of followers using between 4 and 7 devices. These figures are predicted to continue to grow at speed over time.
It has also been predicted by some in the tech industry that eventually the way we use the internet will be unrecognisable. As a result of so many IP addresses, devices, sensors, things that we are wearing and interacting with, that we might not even sense it. It will be part of our presence all the time.