Internet of Things (IoT): What is it and how does it benefit you?

August 23, 2018
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There has been a lot of buzz around the Internet of Things lately with some people still trying to understand what it is and he they can benefit from it. The truth is the concept of IoT affect both how we live and how we work, thereby making our lives easier and better. But just like every other technology, it also has its shortcomings.

In this post, we will look at the IoT in details, what it means for you, how you can benefit from it and some of the disadvantages.

Internet of Things (IoT): What is it and How does it benefit you

What is Internet of Things (IoT)?

The Internet of Things (IoT) simply is connecting any device to the internet, these devices include your smartphone, smartwatch, smart refrigerators, fitness trackers, smart cars and so on. When these devices are connected to the internet, they can exchange, process and use the information gathered to improve both work and living.

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How does it benefit you?

Presently, IoT is already helping most people improve their health. For example, when connecting your smartphone to your smartwatch and fitness tracker, it can give you your location, your health conditions and the fitness routine that can improve your health. All these devices synced together to provide useful information to help you improve your well-being.

There other ways too that IoT can benefit you. If for example, you are on your way to a meeting, and your car and smartphone are connected, your car could have access to your calendar and already know the best route to take. If the traffic is heavy your car might send a text to the other party notifying them that you will be late. In terms of traffic also, when traffic sensors are installed and synced with traffic lights, even when there is a traffic jam ahead, the road sensors and alert road users to seek alternative routes.

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Your alarm can alert they water heater in your bathroom to start heating your bathing water and also inform your kettle to boil water for tea or coffee. Your smartwatch and fitness tracker can connect to each other and let you know what time you are most productive at work.

However, like every technology, there are some disadvantages to the IoT. One of the notable challenges will be a security threat. Since all these devices are connected to each other, just like your computer, they can also be hacked, your information can be exposed and fall into the wrong hands. Efforts are already been put in place to help with some measure of security.

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Companies might need to figure out a way to store, track, analyze and make sense of the vast amounts of data that will be generated from all these devices.

The is definitely a technology that should be embraced as it helps to improve our well-being and productivity and make us a bit more comfortable. Although the fear of personal information being exposed is still there, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages.

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