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Why the IoT is such a hot topic today !!!

13 September, 2017

Companies need to figure out a way to store, track, analyze and make sense of the vast amounts of data that will be generated .The IoT refers to the connection of devices (other than typical fare such as computers and smart phones) to the Internet without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction

The interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data.

 You might start to see the implications here. What can you achieve when a smart car and a smart city grid start talking to each other? We’re going to have traffic flow optimization, because instead of just having stoplights on fixed timers, we’ll have smart stoplights that can respond to changes in traffic flow. Traffic and street conditions will be communicated to drivers, rerouting them around areas that are congested, snowed-in, or tied up in construction.

So now we have sensors monitoring and tracking all sorts of data; we have cloud-based apps translating that data into useful intelligence and transmitting it to machines on the ground, enabling mobile, real-time responses. And thus bridges become smart bridges, and cars smart cars.

A sensor is not a machine. It doesn’t do anything in the same sense that a machine does. It measures, it evaluates; in short, it gathers data. The Internet of Things really comes together with the connection of sensors and machines. That is to say, the real value that the Internet of Things creates is at the intersection of gathering data and leveraging it. All the information gathered by all the sensors in the world isn’t worth very much if there isn’t an infrastructure in place to analyze it in real time.

One IoT device connects to another to transmit information using Internet transfer protocols. IoT platforms serve as the bridge between the devices' sensors and the data networks.

The following are some of the top IoT platforms on the market today:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Microsoft Azure
  • ThingWorx IoT Platforms
  • Watson
  • Cisco IoT Cloud ConnectSalesforce IoT Cloud
  • Oracle Integrated Cloud
  • GE Predix

The Internet of Things doesn’t function without cloud-based applications to interpret and transmit the data coming from all these sensors. The cloud is what enables the apps to go to work for you anytime, anywhere app

IOT in everyday things:

The home.

Smart, connected appliances are what people think of when they hear IoT. They imagine an intelligent house, programmed to save energy and make your life a more convenient one. Alarm clocks will be synced with traffic apps; heating systems will be synced with external temperature sensors, which will be synced with cost valuations.

Drastic effect on waste management.

With the seamless integration of light, heat and air conditioning that reacts to you, a lot of money could be saved on those bills. For food, anything you don't eat in your fridge will be recorded so you can examine trends and patterns.

Our daily commute.

Intelligent traffic detection will allow our device to direct us to the shortest route to work/ home and so on. To keep you safe, sensors around your city will also alert you to any potential dangers including traffic accidents, proximity alerts around your vehicle, bad weather, and more.

For personal health

3d-printed wristbands for reading vital signs are already in development. With the long list of wearables already in circulation, we can track even more: sleeping patterns, nutritional balance, GP visits and check-up schedules, exercise programmes, etc.

In sport

IoT devices and wearables will be all about performance efficiency. You'll be able to track your progress, errors, power, agility, overall cario vascular fitness level and any variable you can imagine. Whether for cycling, tennis, or football, all can make use of sensors - and they will use them to their full effect.

The examples above demonstrate the limitless potential of the Internet of Things. The more creative we are with sensors, the more valuable the data we will gather. If trends in development are anything to go by, the best is yet to come.

Conclusively can be put that….

We are still very much at the beginning of the transformational journey

Soon every device you own – and nearly every object you can imagine – will be connected to the Internet. Whether it’s through your phone, wearable tech or everyday household objects, the Internet of Things (IoT) will connect us in ways we can’t even imagine yet.

Better management of energy, water, transportation and safety are bringing people in closer touch with their surroundings and capturing our imaginations for urban bliss – a fully integrated, smart, sustainable city

If one thing can prevent the Internet of things from transforming the way we live and work, it will be a breakdown in security"

The reality is that the IoT allows for virtually endless opportunities and connections to take place, many of which we can't even think of or fully understand the impact of today. it certainly opens the door to a lot of opportunities but also to many challenges.

Bibliography:

http://www.businessinsider.com

http://internetofthingsagenda.techtarget.com

www.wired.com

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