Internet of Things makes it possible to connect all devices in your daily life to the internet. This goes further than just computers and smart devices and therefore also applies to your refrigerator and your car and everything else you can put in between.
Internet of Things (the Internet of Things)
Internet of Things is a term that you will hear more and more in the near future. Not least because this is an important revolution in technology. It is an all-encompassing term that encompasses this revolution and refers to the fact that the internet can also be used by devices other than computers, smartphones and tablets. It ranges from the appliances you have in the kitchen to your car – and of course everything in between. IoT is slowly but surely changing the world around us.
In order to fully understand what the Internet of Things is, we must first look at what the Internet itself is. Very simply described, the internet is a collection of computers, servers, smartphones and tablets that are connected to each other by means of addresses (the IP address). This allows them to communicate with each other and we can visit websites by using browsers. The Internet of Things goes a step further and in fact also wants devices without a (computer) screen to communicate with each other.
What are the things of the internet?
It is also sometimes described as the Internet of Everything. The list of devices that you should be able to connect to the internet is ridiculously large. In recent months, however, there have been a lot of developments in locks , coffee makers , security , ovens , cars, refrigerators – you can’t think of it, or you can link it to the internet. And if it is not yet possible, it will certainly happen in the future.
What is the use ?
Now you may wonder why everything should be connected to the internet. Simply put, when the information from the internet is added to dumb objects, they become more useful and perhaps more widely applicable. The Internet of Things is not so much about making dumb objects smart, but more about making the idea of life simpler, without too much effort. Most smart devices for your smart home do not have a screen, so you can often operate them with an app from your smartphone. Very handy.
Today’s Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is not only a great promise for the future and is already available. One of the most famous examples is perhaps Alphabet’s Nest thermostat. You can control this device from your smartphone, wherever you are on Earth. The thermostat learns why, when and how to lower or raise the temperature and will do that for you later. When it gets warmer outside, the heating will start less often and when the weather gets colder, Nest will keep the house warm when needed.
In addition, the lamps of the Philips Hue also fall under the Internet of Things. In addition to controlling the heating, automating the lights in your home can be a great start to your smart home. After all, most houses in the Netherlands have a stable internet connection via WiFi, so you can now start building the network for smart devices in the house. We have previously written some articles about this: what is a smart home and which smart products are already available?
The biggest advantage of the it is that a lot of manual processes can be automated. You often set such a smart product once and then the product will repeat those processes. Some devices can also notice differences and adjust their program accordingly, so you don’t have to worry about it at all. Over time, our energy consumption may decrease, we may waste less products, spend less money, and generally live better and safer lives.
… And the cons
That all sounds nice and well, but there are also disadvantages. The fact that everything is linked to the internet also means that hackers can let off steam and claim access to our daily lives. In addition, a lot of data is of course also consumed by the cloud, especially when we start using more and more smart products. The fact that a device knows exactly what you want, often also means that companies know where your preferences lie. And then the question is how they deal with that.
More than once we already come across news reports about apps and smart devices whose database has been hacked or sites whose login details are on the street. So there is still a lot to be done in the field of online safety if everyone wants to throw themselves into a smart home or the Internet of Things. Especially early adopters will have to think carefully about this. We must also continue to think about the environment: not only do we empty mines for metals, older products must also be properly recycled.