Internet of Things
Internet of things, better known as IoT, basically refers to the billions of physical devices around the world connected to the internet where data can be collected and shared. It’s about connecting the digital world with the physical one. For example, turning on a light bulb switch using a smartphone app. IoT signifies machine-to-machine communication that involves least amount of human intervention.
The term ‘Internet of Things’ was first coined by Kevin Ashton in 1999, although it took at least another decade for the technology to catch up with the vision. One of the first IoT applications involved adding RFID tags to expensive pieces of equipment to help track their location. RFID (radio frequency identification) tags are basically low-power chips that can communicate wirelessly.
There isn’t really any area or walk of life where IoT can not be used or applied. It’s application ranges from wearables to healthcare to space missions. It’s scope lies everywhere and with everything. For example, our homes are automated using Smart Appliances, Smart TVs, Smart Washing Machines, Smart Surveillance system, Smart Doors and Smart Locks etc. This can also include thermostats, smoke detectors, and light bulbs. These wi-fi enabled devices can be made part of a network and, hence, remotely controlled.
According to a research study, the use of IoT is going to grow exponentially as consumers will be inclined to and opt for range of interesting IoT products. The only constant thing about IoT is its continuously evolving, exceeding modern expectations and standards. As we’ve seen already, IoT can be applied across all walks of life. Therefore, its demanding not only the tech industries but also other industries for new innovations and perspectives to adapt and conquer new sectors of the market.
Research shows that, presently, there are approximately 7 billion IoT connected devices worldwide. This trend is set to move even faster and the devices are expected to reach 10 billion by 2020 and 22 billion by 2022. The futuristic growth of the IoT devices can be clearly seen by this. This also justifies the need for a business to find the perfect IoT or mobile app development company. Businesses need to focus on providing better customer experience while maintaining high security whenever incorporating IoT into their business model.
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