Whenever anyone speaks about the next big thing we think about connected technology or autonomous vehicles. But they are merely a part of the new technology that surrounds us. Without a doubt, we lack imagination to see beyond the spectrum. We can’t imagine something that’s already there and pretend it’s not. The tech world is growing by leaps and bounds, and as users we are unable to keep up with its pace.
The Internet of Things has encircled every object around us under its umbrella. It revolves around machine-to-machine communication, and relies on sophisticated sensors and cloud computing. It empowers every object around us, and makes our daily lives easier and faster. But over the years, we have developed a strong misconception – The Internet of Things is powered by M2M technology. But in reality, the Internet of Things is powered by smart sensors that can send and receive data. Because, a machinery is not fully designed to transmit data on its own, it requires connected technology to become agile and smart.
The functionality of sensors is completely different than that of a machine. It is designed to gather, compile, and articulate the data collected by smart devices. Later, cloud-based applications are used to leverage the collected data. For a sensor to function, it is essential to have a cloud based app that enables you to work from anywhere, anytime.
In 2007, a bridge collapsed in Minnesota killing hundreds of people. If smart sensors were used in the steels and cement of the bridge, the sensors would have passed the message to connected cars about the hazard ahead. This could have saved thousands of lives and even prevented the disaster from happening.
Sensors can monitor everything around us, providing us a better control over things. The collected data are instantaneously passed to our mobile devices enabling quick and real-time responses. And, thus bridges become smart bridges and cars become smart vehicles, which will indirectly initiate our steps towards smart cities.
However, the possibilities of the Internet of Things doesn’t stop here. It is not just about saving time and money, and making infrastructures smart. It is a fundamental shift that will lead us to a new technological era. When we make everything smart, it will help us to create better product and services.
The Internet of Things offer great possibilities for both businesses and individuals, yet we are unable to rejoice its fruits. Today IoT products are found in abundance, still the security protocols are left compromised. If manufacturers will start to integrate stout security solutions in their products, soon we will see a better-connected world.