The Internet of Things(IoTs), refers to the billions of physical devices around the world that are now connected to the internet, collecting and sharing data.
Simply put, it is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet. This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of.
The history of the Internet Of Things (IoT) can be traced back from the 1980s, when technology had not developed much. It was up until 1999 when British Technology Pioneer coined the phenomena “internet of things” although it took almost a decade for technology to catch up with the IoT concept.
IoT integrates ‘our things’ to the digital information system which is ‘the internet’.That is to say, technology can’t be confined to the home only but it can go as far as working in organisations.
However although IoTs is quite fascinating, it has some of its weaknesses because a lot of data from various devices is collected .The reality is that, yes! IoT allows for virtually endless opportunities and connections to take place, many of which we can’t even think of or fully understand the impact of today. It’s not hard to see how and why the IoT is such a hot topic today; it certainly opens the door to a lot of opportunities but also to many challenges.
Security is a big issue that is oftentimes brought up. With billions of devices being connected together, what can people do to make sure that their information stays secure? Will someone be able to hack into your toaster and thereby get access to your entire network?
The IoT also opens up companies all over the world to more security threats. Then we have the issue of privacy and data sharing. This is a hot-button topic even today, so one can only imagine how the conversation and concerns will escalate when we are talking about many billions of devices being connected.
A lot of debate has been sparked by the internet of things, and we se how much technology has made devices in the home, in the office and in our lives smarter, to the point that it kinda gets scary. However, a lot of potential has been discovered through IoTs and how this has contributed positively in bettering the lives of people.