In the simplest of terms the Internet of Things (IoT) is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to an Internet connection. This includes everything from your mobile phones and tablets to components of data centres. As long as it has an on and off switch then chances are it can be a part of the IoT.
IoT isn’t new: tech companies and pundits have been discussing the idea for decades, but only recently has it started to come to the forefront of technology talks. IoT is simply about connecting devices over the internet, letting them talk to us, applications, and each other. The data IoT provides is typically a lot more efficient than traditional methods of tracking and measuring.
Can the IoT work in a business environment?
With the increase in IoT, it seems like anything that can be connected will be connected. Meaning that modern business infrastructures will have the ability to confidently and accurately provide and share information between devices to increase the productivity of your business. In modern life we all now expect information to be easily accessible whenever and wherever we are.
Business efficiency can often be increased as more can be done in less time. IoT software and appliances allow workers to accomplish large-scale tasks in a faster and error-free fashion. The increment in productivity and efficiency will increase your daily productivity, often increasing profits alongside this. However for this to happen it is important that businesses make sure that all equipment is up to date and are maintained on a regular basis to prevent adverse impacts on efficiency and productivity.
It’s not hard to see how and why the IoT is such a hot topic as it provides a lot of opportunities that can be applied to how we operate on a daily basis.
Why does IoT matter?
The Internet of Things is here to make everything more efficient and looks like it’s here to stay. The data IoT provides helps to make everything from businesses to homes more efficient in the way energy is used and reduce time it takes to complete tasks. A decade from now, everything could be connected through IoT. No matter where it is or what we call it, IoT is real and set to stay.
IoT is simply about connecting devices over the internet, letting them talk to us, applications, and each other. The data IoT provides is typically a lot more efficient than traditional methods of tracking and measuring.
Is IoT the future?
Nobody can predict the future but a decade from now everything could be connected. The more device that become ‘smart’ the great possibilities out there for technologies to become one. By 2025, it is estimated that there will be more than to 21 billion IoT devices in use around the world and the range of existing and potential Internet of Things devices will be enormous. Already consumers use their smartphones to communicate with IoT devices, whether it’s a smart speaker or home thermostat, so by 2025 the possibilities could be endless.