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What is the Internet of Things and where is it going?

Harry Perkin

The Internet of Things (IoT), funny title, but what is it? The IoT is a broad category of technology, referring to devices that can communicate and control each other over the internet. The device you’re reading this on comes under IoT, it’s a simple and surprisingly loose concept, but the exciting part is the new ways being discovered to collect and send information then receive and act on the information.

Current uses

A popular example of the IoT is an Amazon Echo. People are becoming more and more comfortable with the idea of asking a device to switch off the lights or the heating. This is convenient because anything can be controlled from anywhere with an internet connection. 'Smart Homes' are rising in popularity, with audiences tending to adopt one to two pieces of technology at a time, then choosing the smart version each time they replace existing items. For a long time, people have been able to remotely control speakers in and around their home, now we can control light bulbs and thermostats by smart device, ensuring their house is warm and lit when they get home. And as we look to the future, you’ll be able to boil your kettle, switch on the oven and let somebody in your front door, all without getting off the sofa.

IoT is already heavily integrated in the business world too, with supply chains using smart devices at every stage. Barcodes and QR codes are scanned to track assets at different stages, working together with internet connected scales and thermometers to ensure quality and quantities without any human intervention.

The future of IoT

IoT will likely continue to be more heavily integrated into homes, especially as more people adopt smart home devices from Amazon, Apple and Google. This, along with the development of AI and automation, will increase the how much of everyday life can be controlled by technology. With the introduction of the 5G network, enabling faster and more prevalent access to the internet, IoT devices are almost certain to outnumber humans on the planet, each with a small part to play. It's difficult to accurately predict the role of IoT in the future but one thing is for certain, it will play a huge part in optimising our homes, offices, cars, hospitals, cities and every possible element of modern life.

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