The ” Internet of things ” (IoT) is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and outside of it.
It’s a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we live but also how we work. But whlat exactly is the “Internet of things” and what impact is it going to have on you, if any?
There are a lot of complexities around the “Internet of things” but I want to stick to the basics.
Lots of technical and policy-related conversations are being had but many people are still just trying to grasp the foundation of what the heck these conversations are about.
Let’s start with understanding a few things.
Broadband Internet is become 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.
So What Is The Internet Of Things?
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 and almost anything else you can think of.
This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig.
As I mentioned, if it has an on and off switch then chances are it can be a part of the IoT.
The analyst firm Gartner says that by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices… That’s a lot of connections (some even estimate this number to be much higher, over 100 billion).
The IoT is a giant network of connected “things” (which also includes people).
The relationship will be between people-people, people-things, and things-things.