The Internet of Things
By Gemma Morris
13th February 2018

The Internet of Things has the potential to change our world, whether this be at home, on the commute or in the office. It has been predicted that by 2020 20.8 billion devices across the world will be connected, and with that only 2 years away it’s easy to see why. 

As our lives become more and more connected by technology the IoT can help this become a seamless experience as each of our daily events becomes connected to one another. What will a day of connectivity through the Internet of Things look like?

At home

The home seems like a pretty obvious place where the Internet of Things can have an impact, as smart homes start to become the norm. Many IoT devices are allowing home owners the ease of everything being connected through devices.

Many of these devices are controllable through Bluetooth or smartphone apps (you don’t even need to be in the house to control certain devices), with products like Hive and Google Nest it is easy to adjust the heating temperature or hot water settings with a simple push of a button on the phone.

And that’s not just it, the kitchen seems to be the hottest room of the house for the IoT. From ‘smart fridges’ that can alert you when you are running low on a product, or when your eggs have gone off, to coffee machines and kettles that can be turned on via Bluetooth.

The commute

While our homes are becoming smart so are our cities. Many cities and councils across the world are starting to implement IoT devices to mostly ease congestion, better understand traffic and pollution, but the possibility of IoT in the city seem endless.

One of the major uses of IoT devices are placed within traffic lights. These devices can help the city to understand where the most congestion is and how the flow of traffic affects waiting times. The devices are also allowing the lights to change automatically based on this data. Many cities are also using sensors in car parks, so the public can find the nearest space without having to drive around for hours via the use of an app.

But could this be a thing of the past? Self-driving cars may become a major part of our commute, there has been a lot of hype around driverless cars for many years now and if they really do live up to this hype and become a part of our commute could we see the end of the parking wars and traffic jams?

At work

The Internet of Things is starting to change multiple industries from healthcare to manufacturing (known as the Industrial Internet of Things), and it won’t be long before IoT is changing, and possibly improving, almost every industry.

Through the IoT many businesses and their employees are able to connect seamlessly via their devices, allowing more people to take their work on the road while the sharing of documents is made easier.

The Internet of Things at work also brings the question of employee privacy and trust. It has been reported than some companies are using tracking devices at their employee’s desks to monitor when they are at their desks and how long they are away for them.

The Internet of Things is changing our daily lives. Its impact at the moment may be small but it will surely grow as the number of devices available increases. With more connectivity it will be interesting to see how far the IoT can go and what impact it will have on our daily events in the future.

How do you think the Internet of Things is changing your day? Do you think our lives will become completely connected in the future? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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