Billions of devices are already connected to the internet, and this went almost unnoticed by most people. The internet milestone represents how important the internet is, and how rapid the pace in which people are adopting technology to their everyday lives.
With the rapid increase of mobile device consumption, the internet is yet on its way to mark its new target: The Internet of Things (IoT).
The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most talked-about technology trend. The things are devices that can be any types and kinds, ranging from consumer products, durable goods, cars and trucks, industrial and utility components, sensors, and other everyday objects, able to be configured to connect to each other and to the internet itself.
And when talking about what thing should be able to connect all those into a manageable interface, based on a survey, more than 80 percent of consumers preferred a universal remote. And there is no better than the consumers' smartphone.
Smartphones are increasingly becoming the device by which people cannot live with. On developing nations where the level of smartphone consumption aren't yet matured, it's expected that in the coming years, more countries are going to pick up IoT though mobile.
By combining the already existing abilities of the devices with the enormous data analytic and cloud resources available online. Many new possibilities are emerging as new technologies make it even easier to connect more things to the internet.
Some brands have already been into IoT by introducing washing machines, television sets, refrigerators and home entertainment system that can communicate with smartphones. As more brands are getting their way to the IoT, the list will continue.
As IoT becomes something in common, just like smartphones, the potential benefits are impressive. They can certainly transform almost anything: ranging from the way we love, work and play.
But as many good things come to hand, there are always some issues that need to be solved.
Questions Need To Be Answered
The Internet Society has released "The Internet of Things: An Overview - Understanding the Issues and Challenges of a More Connected World". It examines many important aspects regarding the IoT, serving as an informational resource to know more about IoT.
"IoT" can mean different things to different people. The paper provides an overview of the different architectural connectivity models that are emerging for IoT devices. The larger portion of the paper discusses the five primary challenges that need to be solved:
- Interoperability and standards.
- Legal, regulatory, and rights.
- Emerging economies and development.
Just like any previously introduced technologies that are aimed to improve human's life, the IoT is faced with many of the existing challenges. No matter how quick people are patching the flaws, squashing the bugs and securing the connections, there will be more problems that are yet to rise.
While many unanswered questions remain, the fact is that the IoT is the most-talked topic in technology. As more devices are put on the web each day, the effort to create solutions to the problem should be prioritized. IoT is an evolving landscape, and the collaboration of everyone involved can play a significant role in addressing any challenges in order to benefit everyone that is using it.
Just like any other things created to aid humans, technology always have flaws. The best we can do is to minimize any harm they can do to its users in any way.