What is it?
The Internet of Things, or IoT for short, is a term used to describe the growing interactivity of objects. Imagine the internet with all its intelligent data and algorithms and transplant it into everyday objects. The IoT is a future where everyday objects and systems can communicate with each other and perform tasks without any human input or interaction.
What are the ‘Things’?
The ‘Things’ in the Internet of Things can cover a broad spectrum. Legal scholars suggest the term ‘Things‘ is an “inextricable mixture of hardware, software, data and service”. Things such as wireless communication, intelligent sensors and massive data storage all work together to harness the energy of the Internet of Things.
The Future of IoT?
Estimates vary on the growth of the Internet of Things. Experts suggest that anywhere between 20 – 50 billion devices will all be connected and on the IoT. Here in the UK the government felt so confident in its growth and progress that they allocated £40 million towards it’s research.
Whist it sounds fun to have all our devices connected, whether it be car, smart home, kettle, light switch it’s still early days. The Internet of Things will have to go through some rigorous security challenges over the coming years to prove that it’s not only convenient, but safe.