But … What is the Internet of Things?

We have been in several articles of this Internet of Things or IoT blog. With these lines, I will try to explain what it is.

We could summarize that all things in the world are connected to the Internet, not only smartphones, tablets, computers and Internet-connected devices but for example appliances such as ovens, refrigerators and washing machines that will be handled from a mobile phone thanks To the Internet connection that they have.

There are already on the market some models of this type of appliances that already have this functionality, but in the future, any appliance in our home will have it to interact with them from wherever we are.

Another example is the light bulbs, lately are appearing on the market models with wifi connection, to be able to handle them also from our devices.

And this will be only a first step of what we will see. In all areas, both professionally and domestically, the Internet of Things, will change our world as we see it today.

Real-Time Decisions

A more professional way will be to take advantage of all this technology and to be able to automatically measure parameters such as temperature, humidity, light, activity, and that said data be sent to a processing center, where appropriate decisions can be made in real time.

We could see real applications of many of these cases in automated irrigation systems for farmers. So that they could see in real time the state of their crops, cities that implement measurement systems to improve traffic or the pollution of their streets. In our House, know if we have turned off the fires in the kitchen, the shelf life of our refrigerators, if we left the lights on, the situation of the windows to be able to raise or lower them simply by connecting to the systems that control the house.

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Computer security will be key in this advance

This will lead us to a new world of possibilities, but also to an endless number of security problems, at the moment in which all these systems are interconnected. Security in computer systems should go hand in hand with the Internet of Things if we want this to be a reality in the future.

IoT is key to driving digital transformation

2017 is the year of the Internet of Things (IoT) and this because there are more and more devices connected to the Internet, according to the Technological Center of Catalonia Eurecat. Research firm Gartner estimates that 8.4 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by the end of this year, representing a 31% increase over 2016. While by 2020, it expects the reach to be 20.4 billion devices connected.

This is a reality that will fundamentally change the way we live, work and relate. “In the work environment, IoT redefines every part of business, with the aim of improving production processes, creating innovative products and generating different digital experiences,” said Mancilla.

This technology is already giving results to organizations that took the decision to implement this technology, some examples of its manufacturing, transport and logistics, retail, banking, and agriculture.

Little by little, we will see how the Internet of Things enters our lives in a silent way and will come to stay.

Photo by Cea.

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