Internet of Things

What is IoT?

Why has IoT become more relevant as of lately?

What technologies have made IoT expand?

  • Lower cost sensor technology, that allows it to be sold at a lower price and therefore more accessible for manufacturers to buy and implement in their products. Sensor technology simplifies automatization and sensory activated actions, a big aspect of IoT.
  • Connectivity that allows more efficient data transfer thanks to improvement in the internet hosting and protocols network.
  • Cloud computing platforms. The increase in cloud based platform availability enables both the users and the businesses to access cloud stored information for better interconnectivity between devices as well as a larger storage infrastructure that allows for more access and less management.
  • Machine learning and analytics, which increases the speed in which businesses can access and analyze data. Machine learning is a very popular field in full growth in the IT industry, that is improved every day and has no aparent limits as to how much it can tackle, pushing the boundaries with every advance.
  • Conversational artificial intelligence (AI). Artificial intelligences are mimicking the human mind more and more every time, being able to learn habits and conversation, carrying out a more natural language processing and realistic dialogue. AIs have been implemented into IoT’s in affordable and attractive home goods. The massive use of these intelligences helps in the speed at which the AI’s can learn and improve daily.

What Is Industrial IoT?

What industries can benefit from IoT?

How is IoT changing the world? Real examples of IoT implementation:

  1. Amazon Echo and Google Home — Smart Home: AI voice assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are some of the most popular connected devices in consumer IoT. Users can talk to voice assistants like Alexa for help performing a variety of functions including playing music, providing a weather report, getting sports scores, ordering an Uber, and more. This improves the comfort and overall experience of the users in their homes, and provides extremeley valuable information to the respective owners of the service, in that they can get to know their user, compare users with one another to further study their market and offer better targeted products and services.
  2. Fitbit Charge 3 — Wearables: The Fitbit Charge 3 tracks your steps, floors climbed, calories burned, and sleep quality. The device also syncs with computers and smartphones through wifi to transmit your fitness data in understandable charts to monitor your progress. This allows users to share the information over several platforms of their preference in order to use the information gathered for their benefit to further improve their overall health lifestyle. Fitbit on its part, can analyze tendencies to also improve their products considering the needs of their users.
  3. Barcelona — Smart Cities: The Spanish city is one of the foremost smart cities in the world after it implemented several IoT initiatives that have helped enhance smart parking and the environment. This has a huge impact on the environment since it allows the citizens to carry out a more conscious lifestyle and learn about the green practices that can be implemented in the city. Also traffic may be reduced, trash, resources better distributed and overall have a cleaner city, and at some point, world.

Drawbacks of IoT

Conclusion

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