The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at an exceptional rate, from smart vehicles to wearable gadgets. These are becoming a part of our everyday lives and will continue to dominate industries across the spectrum. However, with IoT moving past its infancy stage, there is some room for improvements and enhancement.
Here are 3 improvements to look out for as IoT heads to the future:
Smart cities are taking over our world. With various countries like India and Brazil racing to update their metropolitan areas with IoT, citizens are looking for much more. ‘Smart Neighbourhood’ may become the new thing, with the use of smart sensors, shared cars, smart sewage flows, temperature control and more. This is a smart neighbourhood whereby everything is connected and run by IoT, opening up the vision for IoT to transform our everyday lives. This is a convenient and safe way to trial new technologies before implementing them to a mass city, analyzing the results in order to add and eliminate what individual cities may or may not need.
Security has always been an issue when it comes to the topic of IoT devices, since many people lack the knowledge of how to protect themselves against hacks and vulnerability. However, IoT device consumers do not like to be left on their own when it comes to the subject and manufacturers are always looking for ways to improve their devices in security.
Many companies including Cisco and Dell are building devices which are meant to be more safe and secure. Security vendors will start to give more control over to the customers, by allowing regular network and data protection and even user controls which can solve security threats almost instantly.
According to statistics, there are around 3.6bn devices that are connected to the Internet and are used on a daily basis, with the total number of actual devices being much higher. Traffic on a large scale is congested and will continue to slow down. This means that in the near future we can expect faster connectivity, such as 5G. This will help the increase in the number of devices that want to stay connected. This can also lead to edge computing, as the data from IoT devices will be stored closer to the devices themselves, meaning that we may not need data centers anymore.