The Internet of Things, also known as "IoT," is the connection of devices to the Internet and/or to each other, and it's set to be one of the biggest trends of 2018. The IoT can include a variety of things such as smart watches, coffee makers, and any other electrical devices with the ability to connect to the Internet.
However, it mainly refers to things that can communicate with the network without a person's help. IoT can create solutions to specific problems, improving efficiency in many aspects of our lives. For example, what if your office devices could recognize when it was time to buy supplies and automatically ordered more? The possibilities are endless.
Here are three things to be aware of when it comes to IoT:Your Private Information Could Be At Risk…Right Now.
When everything's connected, it's important to question how your sensitive information will remain safe. After all, being part of the digital movement means sharing loads of personal data with third parties. Developers are aware of the privacy issue and are currently working to solve it as best they can. However, it very well may come to a point where users enter the IoT world at their own risk.
"IOT" Mostly Refers To Electric Devices You Wouldn't Think Would Have An Internet Connection.
Technically, PCs and smartphones aren't IoT devices. The term is dedicated to things that can join the network without human action. Some examples include thermostats, light bulbs, refrigerators, etc.
Virtually All Industries Will Be Impacted.
Since technology has become such a crucial part of our work lives, every industry that uses it will be affected. Manufacturing, retail, transportation, and healthcare are just a few.
Keep IoT on your radar in 2018 and the years to come. Although numerous challenges will come with it, there are also many exciting development opportunities that will hopefully change our lives for the better.