The Internet of Things (IoT) is beginning to revolutionise the way we interact with every day objects and perform mundane tasks. From smart lightbulbs, thermostats and doorbells, through to complex machinery and cars. Almost anything can be, and is being, connected to the internet. Within the next 10 years, it will seem natural to control our everyday lives with our voice or mobile app. Hundreds of companies are developing Internet of Things devices and it is estimated that there will be 20 billion IoT devices by 2020. This is more than 2 devices for every person on the planet.
With a vast array of different products from different manufacturers there will naturally be a need to have some way of linking these devices together for the full-on smart experience. Because of this revolution, Google, Amazon and Samsung (to name a few) are investing heavily in the Internet of Things in an aim to be the link between the myriad of devices that will be in every home and workplace.
What does this mean for me?
So what does this mean for the average home or business owner? All kinds of automations are possible by linking IoT devices together. With the ability to also connect to systems out side of your four walls, the possibilities are almost endless. For example, imagine:
- Automatically turning on the kettle when your car pulls on the drive;
- Playing the sound of a barking dog through your smart speaker when motion is detected around your empty property;
- Detecting when a machine is about to fail and automatically call an engineer;
- Automatically ordering supplies when they are running low;
- Being able to track all of your valuable assets in real time, no matter where they are.
These are relatively simple examples, and the only real limit is your imagination. However, if not implemented correctly you may have countless apps you need to control your devices. At worst, you may leave yourself vulnerable to security threats.
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