The word that is buzzing in the IT world is Internet of Things. The phrase Internet of Things, abbreviated as IoT, is a combination of two words “Internet” and “Things”. The Internet is a global network based on interconnected digital networks that use the standard protocol (TCP/IP) to serve millions of users around the world. However the word Things can be any everyday objects which not only includes electronic devices but also “things” such as clothing, furniture, material parts and equipment, merchandise and so on.
There is no one accepted definition for Internet of Things, however in all the definitions put forward, the common point is that the initial version of the Internet was based on people creating data, while the newer version is based on data being created by different things. The definition that best describes the Internet of Things is “An open and comprehensive network of intelligent objects that have the capacity to auto-organize, share information, data and resources, reacting and acting in face off situations and changes in the environment”. People around the world have now admitted to the fact that the Internet of Things (IoT) will eventually have a huge impact on enterprises, consumers and the society as a whole. As the Internet of Things evolves (IoT), the smart connected devices will open numerous opportunities to provide life changing services for consumers (education, healthcare, safety etc.) and increase productivity for organisations.
However people around the world are completely underestimating the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is not just about making regular “things” accessible over the internet, it is not only about lights automatically turning on when the car approaches the driveway, the coffee starting to brew when the morning alarm goes off. The IoT will completely alter how people interact with the physical world as every object (Human beings, Enterprise, Cars, furniture etc.) will have a two way directional digital interface, that will serve as a representation of the object itself. These interfaces will then send out information about the object, as well as provide interaction points for other objects. With the adoption of IoT in our lives, the daily objects that we interact with will be digitised, due to which we will receive an extraordinary amount of information from all around us. The information received will be used to create daily dashboards that will guide our attitude and behaviour with regards to finances, healthcare, education, social life and much more.
In conclusion, the Internet of Things is not just about having more gadgets or things connected to the internet, it is about creating a two way connection between humans and other objects. The IoT will eventually turn objects from static to dynamic, making them fully interactive entities; this in turn will make our environment around us adjust according to our presence, desires and preferences. In the end it seems that the Internet of Things will eventually deliver a change in our quality of life through a widely distributed intelligent network of smart devices.