The Internet of Things is when we connect up everyday physical things to the internet. Like what things you may ask, well the answer to that is anything, your shoes, toothbrush or things can give us information that can be used to improve one’s life or your business or the environment. Imagine if you shoes could tell you how many kilometers or miles you’ve walked. Well, yes. Your shoes can tell us things about you, or it, or the places you’ve walked, and where you are right now. It’s going to be another Revolution, the Internet Revolution. You’d better get ready.
Introduction to the Internet of Things – IoT
The internet’s evolved to a platform where we can share information. We can find out facts. We can meet with our friends. We can have tele-conferences and talk to friends and relatives that may be miles away. The internet is changing. And it’s changing in the most profound way.
It’s no longer just a means of communication. We can use the internet to connect things that we wouldn’t normally think of putting onto the network, things like your fridge for a simple example.
Find out when your milk’s going off and when you need to order some more. But it’s more than that, much, much more. In medical areas, in manufacturing, in agriculture, the internet of things is going to change the way we do things. It gathers information. It processes that information and presents it back to human beings in a way they can understand. In the background, there’s a lot of communication going on between the machines – machine to machine communication. That automates the processes so that humans can do what they do best, make decisions on valid data.
The internet of things is just in its very beginning stages. We are already starting to see the connection of devices. We see some places where the data is being collected, and processed, and used in different ways. So you may be wondering what the internet of things can do for us.
It can automate things and make our life easier. It can gather massive amounts of data that a human being can’t really cope with, but we can use that to predict what we need to do in the future.
We can look at trends. We can take actions before failures occur, and generally just help us do a better job of what we’re doing now by embracing automation.
So the Internet of Things, it’s wonderful! It’s going to cure all of our problems. It’s a solution to all of our worries in the world. No, it’s not.
It is going to cause us some issues. Some of those issues include the security. We all know about cybersecurity threats and how hackers try to get into your computer. Well, imagine when we’ve got 20 billion extra devices connected to the internet. That’s 20 billion more devices for hackers to try and get into. That is a real big issue.
I really want to take a very close look at the security side of things. If all this data is being collected, and a lot of it can be personal – you could be walking past a convenience store and it will announce tht you should go into the store because it has something of interest to you, do you really want that invasion into your private space?
Do we want other people to know how we’re going to keep this information away from people we don’t want to find out about it? The Internet of Things will also cause a major disruption in employment. There will be a change. People will be losing their jobs. But the good news is far more jobs will be created in the area. These jobs will require a higher skill level. Instead of the person who’s manufacturing cars just tightening bolts, they will need to be able to maintain the robotics, or control the production line, monitor the dashboards of the information that’s being collected from the manufacturing line. So the jobs will be far more skilled, which probably means they will be better paid. But there will be far fewer of them. And this is an issue that will need to be dealt with.
So might be asking yourself where will this impact? Where will the greatest impact be in the near future? Well, I’ve got no idea. And I don’t think anyone really has. This is something that we’ve got to explore. We’ve got to look at where will the resources that we save be used. Will we just save resources and not use that benefit? I wouldn’t think so. So what I really want to start researching is where the impact will be and what these savings will actually mean to industries.
For my next post on the Internet of Things, I’ll be looking at real life examples and case studies of the Internet of Things in the real world.