What exactly is the Internet of Things? Let’s start with a simple definition so we are all on the same page.
Internet of Things: According to the Oxford Dictionary, the Internet of Things (IoT) is the interconnection via the internet, of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data, thus developing an interconnectivity that allows them to function as a single or connected system.
The Internet of Things is no longer science fiction as far as a concept goes. In fact, it has become a growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and outside of it. The basic premise is that as Broadband internet access has become more widely available, the cost and difficultly of connecting to it has continued to decrease.
For that reason, more common products are being manufactured with Wi-Fi capabilities. Product design engineers are discovering new and innovative ways to insert sensors into these products that will continue to increase their efficiencies and expand their capabilities. By building Wi-Fi communication modules into their basic design and construction, these products will be able to communicate directly with Smartphone’s, tablets and laptops.
Such products will include everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, electric outlets, power strips and wearable devices to almost anything else you can think of. Basically, if it has an “on and off,” switch then it can be upgraded to become a part of the IoT. To that end, the Business Analysis firm Gartner predicts that by 2020 there will be over 26 BILLION internet connected devices in the U.S. In short, the new rule for future product manufacturing will be, “Anything that can be connected….will be connected.”
IoT…..What’s the Big Deal?
Now that we know what IoT is…….the next obvious question is how does it impact you? Well, the answer to that question is wide reaching for sure. IoT devices can do everything from have your alarm clock tell your coffee maker to start brewing coffee for you to having your office printer automatically order toner supplies when it needs them. You will be able to tell your electric outlet to shutdown power going to your iron you accidentally left on when you went to work……off of your Smartphone. The possibilities are endless from a convenience standpoint.
However, the IoT can also make the world a safer and more cost effective place for you to live in. It will be able to communicate with a person’s pacemaker without the patient even realizing it once they arrive at home. If the patient’s heart is in distress, it will notify others by sending a text message to them and even dispatch an ambulance to their location if it needs to. By allowing you to monitor your energy usage for your home, you will be able to program the management of certain designated electric outlets or power strips to help minimize wasted electricity.
It is thought that as much as 30% of the average U.S. energy consumer’s power consumption is predicated on waste. In other words, inadvertently leaving lights or appliances on when you are not at home or forgetting to turn your television off all adds up to wasted power consumption! That is money you are wastefully spending and additional higher impact on the environment that could be avoided.
The better question in the future will not be why are so many products IoT configured…….but why aren’t more products IoT configured? Well, the future is NOW. With a WiOn controlled power outlet, any electrically powered device connected to it becomes an IoT capable product!
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