Everybody’s talking about IoT. However, when we talk about the Internet of Things it is not easy to know what to expect.
The world of the Internet of Things may be a somewhat inhospitable and unexplored jungle, but it promises to open new markets and set the pace of technology over the next few years. However, this can cause some vertigo. Where are we? Where are we going?
8 IoT trends
We’ve talked about edge computing before. Edge computing aims – as its name suggests – to put computing at the “edge”, complementing cloud computing and placing part of the work in the IoT devices themselves.
The Iot is, in fact, one of the main reasons for needing edge computing. Otherwise we might still be able to comfortably install ourselves in our fluffy, ubiquitous cloud. However, the IoT demands fast and close computing, so the integration of this in the devices can bring interesting benefits.
-Special attention to security and privacy
This is something that concerns us a lot. IoT technologies have the quality of being almost omnipresent and that can also make them invasive.
Therefore, aspects such as data security or the correct treatment of privacy are issues that concern and should concern the companies involved in IoT technologies, from developers and manufacturers to those who simply use or make available to their customers these technologies.
-Greater variety and more economical sensors
It is one of the key points in the expansion of the Internet of Things. Cheaper sensors will allow an expansion that, until now, was often banned for fundamentally economic reasons.
At the same time, greater variety in its capabilities will lead to greater heterogeneity, which the IoT will also need in order to continue growing.
-The eye is always on the user
If the user is not interested, the IoT cannot grow. The beginnings have been difficult, but a greater diversity in the offer and the increase in its usefulness must be factors that hook the user to the IoT world.
At the same time, companies – which, let’s not forget, are often the main users – must find advantage in IoT solutions, which many developers are focusing on.
We’ve been waiting ages for the 5G. The Fifth Generation of mobile phone technologies is here and promises to make the Internet of Things much more functional.
Many of the services that the IoT aims to offer depend on key issues such as bandwidth or latency, which should improve significantly as the 5G reaches larger and larger areas.
This is trendy, and this is also trendy within IoT.
The IoT promises to deliver an inexhaustible flow of data. Both the sensorization of the devices and the intercommunication between them presents a future in which Big Data is even bigger, and in this environment the AI appears as a brain willing to take advantage of all those enormous amounts of information to obtain all kinds of benefits, from those related to the improvement of the functioning of the companies to those that have to do with the increase in the satisfaction of the clients, among many others.
It is at the heart of IoT philosophy. Why would we want machines to communicate with each other unless it was – to some extent- to operate autonomously?
IoT and automation are closely related, and their linkage is especially visible in fields such as Industry 4.0. In this and other areas open to automation, the IoT will play an important role.
If the IT technology needs monitoring, the more IT technology, the more monitoring is needed.
The IoT presents a future in which the number of devices, networks and applications will multiply, in turn increasing the need to monitor that the technology works, as it should. IoT monitoring will also have its own characteristics. For example, when it comes to monitoring devices from the internet of things, the flexibility of the monitoring systems will be something to bear in mind.
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