The connected home was once considered to be just a futuristic day-dream. Something often used in Sci-Fi films. This, however, is no longer the case, with the home of the future now very much entering our everyday life.
The range of connected devices is increasing, and each piece has their own varying functions and benefits. The expanding global market is predicted to by industry analysts to grow from today’s six billion to 27 billion by 2025.
But what is the Internet of Things?
IoT is a concept that allows applications and objects to talk to and connect with each other using the Internet even if they use different technologies. The Internet is the structure, the glue, that holds IoT together.
IoT enables TV, lights, speakers, washing machines, kettles, vacuums, baby cameras to work with a simple tap of your iPhone or by speech (in the case of Amazon Echo and other similar devices).
It is likely that IoT will change the way we live, for the better, without us necessarily realising it. The economic projections are significant:
So if the economic projections are huge, what of the social ones?
Technology and innovative use thereof should ultimately help to improve quality of life.
We only need to look at thousands of customers who use Smarter products in their kitchens, conveniently boiling and brewing their own cups of tea and coffee from the quick touch of their phone.
There is a multitude of reasons why people like wifi-operated devices. In the case of Smarter, the products look great and offer a wide variety of different functions.
People choose it over a standard clock alarm, instead preferring to wake up to an already boiling kettle in the morning.
Others may take that extra bit of time getting down the stairs to the kitchen for the daily cuppa, and we know some of our customers welcome the devices for that reason.
Parents can have more time with baby whilst heating up formula and being notified when it’s cooled to the perfect temperature – especially useful in the middle of the night!
The list of uses is tailored to each individual for just one conventional device, whether it’s time-saving, waste-saving, energy saving, and easy accessibility.
But what of security concerns?
It would be remiss not to mention the issue of security when it comes to IoT technology and we heartily applaud National governments who are rightly taking action, for example, the UK government who announced plans to fund a £1.9 billion national strategy in combating cybersecurity.
It’s also encouraging to see investors have funded a record $6.6 billion in 458 cybersecurity startups over the past two years.
Independent experts continue to advise the most practical approach to stay protected is regularly changing your passwords. Being proactive about default passwords, especially, on home routers and also up-to-date firmware is key.
IoT isn’t going away any time soon. In 2016 alone, there were 803 articles mentioning the “Internet of Things”, with a whopping 231 mentions in the last quarter alone. By comparison, in 2010, ‘Internet of Things’ was mentioned just seven times in the UK media.
IoT is here. It is no longer the future. As more and more connected products make their way into consumers’ homes and workplaces, we have a compelling way to make life smarter – saving time, money, energy and waste.
Join the revolution – and make sure your things start talking to each other!