“The Internet of things is a network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and network connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data.”
Each “thing” is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to inter-operate within the existing internet infrastructure. If this doesn’t sound obvious to you by now, keep reading.
OK, by now you have to at least heard the acronym IoT, or the “Internet Of Things.” It’s pretty much everywhere we go, from our smartphones, vehicles, homes, offices, appliances, services and beyond. To some, this concept is just stupid, and to others, it’s very useful. Whether you like it or not, it’s not going away anytime soon, nor is this a new concept. Connected devices, homes and “things” have actually been around for some time, it’s just that there are now so many manufacturers catching on to what integrators have been providing for years, and now they implementing this concept into their old archaic and outdated “things” — thus the buzzword, IoT.
Do we really need to live in a society where everything is connected? Of course not. Is it too late to go back to a simpler time, without all this technology? Perhaps not, but would you really want to give up everything that modern day technology has given us? Really think about that question because I know a lot of you reading this might actually say yes instantly because “haters gonna hate,” some people are just simply afraid and that’s OK — to each his own. In the case for technology and this instance, IoT can add value to your life; below are a few things that I like and use myself:
- Voice assistants
- Connected cameras
- Connected lighting control
- Connected HVAC
- Smart LED lamps
- Smart speaker(s)
- Smart home
- Services that connect smart devices and “things” together to create actions via triggers
- Smart phone, tablet, computers, etc.
- Smart TV(s)
- Smart watch
- Sensors and more
The above list is not nearly scratching the surface of what is available on todays market, but it gives you an idea of a few basic “things” out there enhancing the way people live. Coming soon to my list will be a Video door bell with a two-way communication intercom, smart door locks, more cameras (higher resolution/4K HDR with voice assistant), and more smart task lighting. Why you ask? Because I can, and building a home that makes decisions for itself, to conserver energy, time, and ultimately money is definitely adding value to my life; how about yours?
In a world where automation and integration rule the nation, are you using it to your advantage, are you just starting out or are you a smart cookie, who’s living as fully connected as possible? Wherever you land on the topic, good or bad, remember that there is more advantages than disadvantage to technology; my suggestion is use it wisely, make it work for you, enjoy the experience and remember: IoT isn’t new, it’s just new to you.