How The Internet of Things is Shaping the World

Technology has the ability to radically transform the world as you know it, and it has done so many times over. However, as technology advances and knowledge increases, even more problems can be addressed. The processes by which civilization operates can be even more convenient. One major example of relatively new technology having a profound impact on the way society operates is “the Internet of Things.” Here’s what you need to know about IoT technology.

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What is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things, (IoT) is growing in technological development where internet connectivity improves the functionality of various devices. The way in which users interact with those devices. Whether or not you know the term, you have likely interacted with IoT devices already, though they remain niche.

However, it is more widely accepted over time, and is proven to fulfill the purpose of expanding the usefulness of previously unconnected devices.

For an example of IoT technology, one needs to look no further than home assistant devices. These devices innovate on the concept of voice recognition software previously used in computers and phones by making it a separate device that also functions as a speaker. These devices can also control various features within your home using vocal commands.

IoT Devices and Business

Technological advancements and business go hand in hand, because one always informs the other. Therefore, it’s no surprise that many businesses have made great use of IoT devices. This greatly improves the efficiency of their day to day operations and the efficacy of data collection. One prominent example of the virtues of this tech is the use of IoT in agriculture. IoT devices have the ability to greatly increase the potency of industrial farming operations in a number of ways. Notably, by tracking the locations of livestock, just in case an animal goes missing, and keeping track of weather conditions and forecasts. IoT tech is also present in many machines and vehicles, opening up industrial farms up to even further use. 

Security cameras in stores are another extremely useful way to implement IoT technology. Connecting security cameras to the internet secures the footage, as it removes the need for easily compromised physical storage. Law enforcement uses this to identify patrons, which helps law enforcement apprehend a suspect or alert you to a criminal history that warrants keeping an eye on certain shoppers in a retail environment.

Devices for Consumer Use

As mentioned above, home assistant devices serve as examples of IoT technology. However, there are a number of other ways that IoT technology has helped ordinary private citizens, and the list is continually growing. Perhaps the most ubiquitous consumer grade IoT technology is that of smart cars. IoT tech manifests in motor vehicles as on board computers that encompass many convenience features. More importantly, safety features. Smart cars use built-in GPS for navigation, this aids emergency services and law enforcement to find your vehicle in an emergency situation if the vehicle is stolen. 

The concept of the smart home is similarly taking root, but it is not widely implemented at this time. However, there is demand for smart home technology that is already becoming commercially available. In the form of home assistants, and other bespoke IoT devices working in tandem.

The above are just a few examples of the ways in which IoT technology has revolutionized society and business. These examples can give you a general idea of the incredible power of this kind of interconnected world. More IoT developments are in the works today with the intent of meeting the existing and growing demand. So, you can expect more, better IoT devices in the immediate future.

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Kevin Gardner

Kevin Gardner loves writing about technology and the impact it has on our lives, especially within businesses.