Much as the internet has taken up an irrevocable place in the lives of people throughout the globe, the Internet of Things (IoT) has chosen a greater dwelling in those same lives. Being able to connect not only people but objects, animals such as livestock, machines, and even pets to the internet in order to access relevant information and status reports, IoT has amplified its reach to the business world, creating an indispensable need of this technology.
There are simply no reasons not to rely on the Internet of Things; the technology is in sync with the pace of entrepreneurial growth. Here’s how it has been incorporated today in almost everything we see:
Apps like Smart Parking and Live Maps give an insight to the day-to-day necessities of life, helping us track down whatever information we require. Linking these daily perimeters to the user is one of the many miracles of IoT.
Phones, cars, lamps, employee reports, you name it. Anything you turn to is no longer manipulated like it was a decade ago. John Chambers, CEO of Cisco believes that not adopting the digital change will mean being left behind:
“I truly think this next year will be an inflection point where every company becomes a digital company,” Chambers told attendees at the Cisco Partner Summit. “If [CEOs] don’t transform themselves they will be left behind.”
Social Presence is not an Option
In the same way that being digital is no longer an option, a social media presence is now essential to thrive in the cyberworld. The Internet of things has connected people and businesses as well, forming a rudimentary part of their well-being, helping them establish a healthy social presence.
IoT does not limit itself to a physical correlation between an object and a person. It permits the transfer of critical and sensitive data to the internet, where this information is considerably safe from cybercrimes and hackers. If security parameters continue to improve cloud computing in the next few years, all existing companies could place themselves under this platform, saving themselves from the humiliation Sony and Target faced.
Transferring data to the Internet of Things is an ocean of possibilities, where literally anything could be manipulated.
One technology, IPv6, is crucial for this process. Its huge increase in address space is an important factor in the development of the Internet of Things.
According to Steve Leibson, the address space expansion means that we could “assign an IPV6 address to every atom on the surface of the earth, and still have enough addresses left to do another 100+ earths.”
Although there is yet much to be done, IoT has become an innovation in the way we manage everyday tasks.
Kevin Ashton, cofounder and executive director of the Auto-ID Center at MIT, explains the potential of the Internet of Things:
“Today computers — and, therefore, the Internet — are almost wholly dependent on human beings for information. Nearly all of the roughly 50 petabytes (a petabyte is 1,024 terabytes) of data available on the Internet were first captured and created by human beings by typing, pressing a record button, taking a digital picture or scanning a bar code.
The problem is, people have limited time, attention and accuracy — all of which means they are not very good at capturing data about things in the real world. If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things — using data they gathered without any help from us — we would be able to track and count everything and greatly reduce waste, loss and cost. We would know when things needed replacing, repairing or recalling and whether they were fresh or past their best.”