What is IoT?

Technology Talk

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Of course, our core occupation is to connect clients and professionals and we do this successfully as our team consists of multiple specialists. But besides that, there is always room to discuss some hot topics. Especially in IT there are many topics that can be discussed as it is a fast growing industry, where it’s sometimes hard to keep track of the latests developments and trends. For now, let’s highlight the Internet of Things.

What is IoT?

The Internet of Things or IoT in short describes a network which consist of hundreds of devices (things). Most, if not all IoT devices are equipped with sensors, software and other technologies to connect and exchange data.

Where is IoT used?

IoT comes in all shapes and sizes, IoT devices can range from kitchen supplies to industrial IoT. Common examples of IoT are: Personal Assistants Smart Lights, Smart Doorbells and Media streaming devices.

Industrial IoT (IIoT) refers to the use of IoT in industrial environments, common examples of IIoT are: Smart Cities and Smart digital supply chains.

What are the Pros and Cons of IoT?

In this paragraph I am going to tell you the pros and cons of IoT. let’s start with the Pro’s. First of all, IoT saves time because it can automatically perform a task or let someone else know with a message or notification to do the task. Secondly, IoT devices can be controlled from a distance, like smart home accessories for example. Lastly, IoT devices save time as they do not need human assistance to do certain tasks.

However where there are pros there are cons as well. For instance, the more IoT devices we develop and use the more dependent we become of them. Loss or misuse of data is also a big con, Hackers with bad intensions could try to get hold of your data shared between IoT devices and ask ransom money to their victims to recover it.

The future of IoT

IoT has a bright future ahead, as for right now at lot of elementary and high schools teach IoT and programming to their students at a young age and as a result the of students learn important computer lessons and skills. Developing your own IoT devices is in arms reach. You can easily develop your own IoT software or use cases using a single board computer like a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino.

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