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We are currently seeing a big increase in popularity of everyday devices such as light bulbs and doorbells that are capable of being connected to the internet.  This new network of these interconnected devices is often referred to as the “Internet of Things” and is offering new level of interconnectedness and control to consumers as well as commercial users.

We are seeing more of these everyday internet-connected devices in recent years due to the development of other technologies that have made this possible, such as machine learning, embedded systems and automation.  The development of these technologies have made products like Amazon’s Alexa possible as well as wearable technology such as the Apple Watch which has created a whole new market of devices.

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The Internet of Things devices collectively serve a larger purpose which is the “smart home”. The smart home is a very exciting concept of home automation which takes aspects of a home such as lighting, heating, media and security and having them easily controlled centrally by the owner’s smart devices.  The long term benefits of having a smart home include possible energy savings as lights and heating could be scheduled to be turned off when suitable and the owners doesn’t even have to be home to do it.   

Silicon Valley-based company Enlighted, for example, claims to reduce clients' lighting bills by 60 to 70 percent and their air conditiong bills by 20 to 30 percent.

Another major benefit of the Internet of Things and smart homes is that it makes taking care of the elderly easier and safer, especially considering the exponential increase in the aging population. Voice control could help elderly people with mobility and sight limitations and alert systems could be directly connected to ear implants in people with hearing difficulties. This network of devices has already given us more freedom in terms of managing our devices and could provide a higher quality of life with more development.  

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The commercial applications of this kind of network are also quite attractive. The Internet of Things could make smart manufacturing more widespread, since automation is already commonplace in manufacturing.  Manufacturing equipment could be connected up to a network and controlled centrally, which means that a firm’s manufacturing process could be adjusted very easily without the need for access to physical equipment.  This could be very beneficial to manufacturing firms as this could make individual factories much more flexible with their processes due to more and faster control.

More Internet of Things devices continue to come to market with promises of more advanced features and increased connectivity, which will certainly make our lives easier.  However, there are concerns with the security of these devices as a vulnerability in just one smart device could mean that a someone’s entire home network could become compromised.  This could become a major issue especially if smart-locks on people’s front doors become compromised.

Click here to see IBM's block about secuirty issues with IOT devices

We are looking foward to seeing this brand new industry progress and we will be sure to keep you updated on any progress. 


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