IOT | September 29, 2016

Internet of things: From Accessory to Necessity

The "Internet of things" (IOT) is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and outside of it. It is a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we live but also how we work.

Shireen Khan

Shireen Khan

Assistant Manager Sales

Techie like us have often heard that internet of things will take over the world and super world will take it breathes when the real and the virtual world will collaborate. We often think that:

How some small device in our hand, smartphone or other gadget tied to our wrist can become the tool for omnipotence and omnipresence in this super world?

Well, the answer is: IOT is involved in every element of human's life.

The "Internet of things" (IOT) is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and outside of it. It is a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we live but also how we work.

  • What exactly is the "Internet of things"?
  • What impact is it going to have on you?
  • Why is IOT becoming a trend?

Here is your answer:
Broadband Internet is becoming more widely available, the cost of connecting is decreasing, more devices are being created with Wi-Fi capabilities and sensors built into them. Technology costs are going down, and smartphone penetration is sky-rocketing. All of these things are creating a "perfect storm" for the IOT.

How IOT works:

Smart Devices are connected to the common network, such as the internet. Devices are to be able to communicate on the network in an easily understandable language with special and concise interfaces. Currently, connectivity to the IOT consists of a wired or wireless network; they assign an IP address to the devices and provide the necessary bandwidth to communicate. But there must also be agreement between the user and the IOT regarding what data is to be communicated and how it will be understood by other users on the network.

According to this, necessary languages, protocols and other skills are needed to communicate with the IOT. We can see that IOT is involved in our daily basis activities through apps and promoting extreme mobility. Here are some interesting technologies (IOT) Modern world is using that are and will increase the use of Mobile App to operate the physical devices in our daily use:

Smart Lighting:

Lighting is an essential part of all households. Recently Philips Company introduced the smart bulbs. Bulbs are working efficiently and they have mood lighting that can be controlled via your smartphones. Even some companies are trying to put ecology and economy of lighting together. These revolutionary ideas will change the mindset of people regarding light. Who know what wonders does a small bulb can do with IOT in future.

Security and Mobility:

One of the major concerns for organizations like banks is the "Security".

Why businessmen always deposit their money in the banks?
Why does a common man want to deposit his small amount of money in the bank?

Answer is:
Banks provides "Security", people easily trust on banks. People deposit their money in banks and banks maintain their banking system via different ways. They provide different services like universal pin codes, biometrics, sensors and more artificial intelligence to increase the trust of their account holders.

All these services depend on the IOT and now banks are trying to facilitate their account holders via online banking, users will interact with banks through mobiles and use facilities in a friendly way without any interrupt. Banks will hand over all the activities of your accounts in a secure way to you in future with the help of IOT.

Transport:

Our cars are more efficient than us; they automatically know their need of fuel, service, and upgrading itself on time. With the IOT we can now power on/off the car, Lock/unlock, Turn the Ac on/off and secure the car through a mobile app. IOT finds its way in automotive industry too. Soon your cars will be reminding you that it needs maintenance and fuel oil etc.

Uber application is the top mobile application for android and IOS in the recent times. There are many clone applications working on the model of Uber mobile app which is the successful business model using a mobile app for transportation. People require more convenience and having no time to step outside of the home. With the time people will get more aware of these applications for transport purpose.

Power:

Wireless charging is not a new concept because new technologies have been competing to provide the best solutions ever. Before wireless charging, many other wireless devices which are connected with the USB Ports get power and work smartly. It is same as a "Handshake", energy is transferred from one hand to another. Together mobility and IOT are making a futuristic world of reality.

Health and Exercise:

As an expert, we have observed that Fitness and Health the world relies on the many sensing devices, wearable and related apps. IOT is invading everything. Many sensors from Mobile & smart watches are used via Apps to collect the personalized data about health and fitness activities. You can track pulse rate, heart rate and calories burned with sensors on wearable. You can maintain diet plan, share it with friends, exchange feedbacks and much more with the IOT.

Eco System:

We can now monitor pollution by a device using IOT technology and take preventions against it. Let's take an example of AirBot. It's a device that monitors airborne pollutants that can cause breathing problems like asthma. This IOT technology helps us find the respiratory problems causing pollutants.

Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices to almost anything else you can think of.

"The IoT is big news because it ups the ante: 'Reach out and touch somebody' is becoming 'reach out and touch everything'." — Parker Trewin, Senior Director of Content and Communications

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