IoT represents a basic concept describing the ability of several devices in a network to sense and collect data from different objects and then share the same across the world through the internet without human interaction. The usual thinking about the internet is involving devices like laptops and mobiles that people use for exchanging information among themselves. But in actual, internet is no more a human interaction required platform. Today it has become a network where devices sense and communicate with each other by collecting and transmitting signals without human interaction. This is what is called the “internet of things”. All such devices cannot be directly called as the internet of devices like the laptop or the mobile phones, hence the term “Internet of Things” came.
Things in the Internet of Things
Things in IoT are the devices that are part of the connected network. It may be a wearable health belt, an internet controlled door or an internet operated automatic train. The things in the internet of things gather data and then interpret it to make our live function better. But the actual things in IoT are present in the business sectors. These devices make the businesses run even smarter and more efficient.
What makes IoT Important?
The time is not too far when you will get notifications while you are out of your home that your groceries are over or your bill payment date has arrived. This is not a fantasy anymore, but a reality to come very soon to your day-to-day life. Sensors with machine-readable tags collect data from the entities present around and display the account thus saving time and money at the same time.
There are many advantages and disadvantages of IoT and some of them are as follows
What are the advantages of IoT?
#1 Information: The more the information you get, the easier it is to make any decision. Knowing the exact temperature of your milk you kept for boiling without even checking it saves your time and at the same time makes it convenient too.
#2 Tracking: Knowing the exact expiry date of whether it be a medicine or any food beverage without even checking the date before consuming it enhances safety and standard of lifestyle.
#3 Saves Time & Money: As everything becomes automatic, the amount of time needed to control the devices is saved. IoT requires no human support for monitoring, hence the amount of money needed to employ manpower is escaped.
What are some of the restraints in IoT?
#1 Complexity: As it is a completely internet controlled technology, hence certain software bugs may come up resulting in wrong notifications. Complexity is very common in automatic technology which the users need to take care of.
#2 Safety and Security: Security is a big matter in IoT. No matter what, all your information including your financial expenses and bank details should always remain encrypted. There is always a chance that the software embedded in the things of IoT may get hacked and all your important and confidential data may fall into risk. Hence, taking up the chances with the safety measures becomes the concern of the consumer.