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The Internet of Things

The Digital Age brought with it a shift from mechanical and analogue electronics to digital electronics, digital computing, and communication engineering. One noteworthy product of this transition is the Internet. This term is very familiar to most of us, but it wouldn’t hurt to set it again. The Internet is a worldwide scheme of computer networks that allow users at any one computer to get information from any other computer provided permission is granted. Today this network includes mobile devices, the likes of phones and tablets.

Recent innovations in Information Technology have seen the emergence of a new kind of “Internet” known as the Internet of Things (IoT). This concept is unfamiliar to a lot of people, especially those outside the world of IT but it is having a huge impact on the way we live and work. In a simple context, the Internet of Things means the ability of all devices with an off and on switch, powered by batteries or electricity to connect and share information.

This concept is already present in a portion of our home appliances like Smart TVs and wearables such as wristwatches.  In sum, the Internet of Things is about extending the power of the internet beyond computers and smartphones to a whole range of other objects, processes, and environments. Things like toothbrushes, coffee pots, calendars, and cars will all be connected, sharing data. Picture waking up to your alarm, your lights come on automatically, your kitchen appliances know when to make you breakfast and your smart car knows when to take off and come pick you up for work. This is the power of the Internet of Things.

Objects connected to The IoT have sensors - temperature sensors, motion sensors, moisture sensors, air quality sensors, light sensors, you name it. These sensors, along with a data connection, allow us to automatically collect information from the environment which, in turn, aids us in making intelligent decisions.

The IoT is already being applied to everyday life. The most popular is seen in the Smart Home. From the Amazon Echo to the Nest Thermostat, there are hundreds of products on the market that users can control with their voices to make their lives more connected than ever. Another instance is the Apple Watch. This and other smartwatches on the market have turned our wrists into smartphone holsters by enabling text messaging, phone calls, and more. Devices such as Fitbit and Jawbone have helped revolutionize the fitness world by giving people more information about their workouts.

Automobiles are equipped with Internet access and can share that access with others, just like connecting to a wireless network in a home or office. More vehicles are beginning to come equipped with this functionality, so prepare to see more apps included in future cars. The IoT has the potential to transform entire cities by solving real problems citizens face each day. With the right connections and data, the Internet of Things can solve traffic congestion issues and reduce noise, crime, and pollution.

The emergence of lightning-fast 5G networks will change how telecommunications shapes business and will also offer fresh and transformative possibilities in the IoT space. The new standard will further increase the appeal of cellular solutions in the countries where it's available. That's why nearly half of IoT providers say they're planning to introduce support for 5G networks to their solutions in the future. The world of the Internet of Things brings with it a new and exciting era of technological advancement, one with endless possibilities. On the flip side, it also brings with it an air of apprehension and uncertainty as to how we live our lives. Are we ready to live in this kind of a world where everything is connected and sharing data? Are we truly ready for The Internet of Things