Hope you are ready to hear the term Internet of Things (IoT) a lot in 2016. It's a good thing. In a nutshell, the Internet of Things is the network of all the devices that are connected to the internet. If you haven't heard about the Internet of things before, no worries, you aren't the only one - just check out this quick intro video from Forbes.
There are many parts that contribute to the IoT. A growing topic of discussion over many industries, the IoT is becoming a concept that will impact anyone who is a part of modern day society. Internet is so widely available nowadays that costs to be connected decreases and Wi-Fi capabilities are on almost any and every device that is made for communicating; which is pretty much anything new that is developed, since nothing works just on its own anymore.
The incredible surge of connected devices in this technological era brings with it the Internet of Things, because devices don't only mean smartphones, laptops, and tablets, but in fact includes crucial parts of society: traffic lights, security systems, watches, even vacuums have assigned IP addresses now. It is difficult to stress how important it is to create a secure, reliable, and scalable infrastructure as more and more cities integrate IoT systems into the current existing platforms. Smart cities already exist, and ones like Songdo, South Korea allow us to see what the future might be like if and when society reaches a point where everything is connected.
In the Silicon Valley, Smoove is working on introducing the ThingWorx IoT into the city's infrastructure by implementing a connected bike-share service. Our homes are no exception, easily imaginable, our homes will soon be these devices like this. Everyone has heard of Nest: their innovative device made the first step to making our homes smarter, and many other companies are following in their footsteps.
The next generation of devices will be designed to communicate with each other, learn its users' preferences and make highly detailed decisions and solutions; moving as quickly as our daily lives are and providing ranges of capabilities we don't yet know about. As Mr. Lingareddy from the Times of India put it: IoT will improve efficiency and efficacy of people, homes, enterprises, cities, and nations leading to better life, productivity, security and safety. Smart cities are inevitable, the Internet of Things makes sure of that. And it's a good thing.