For about a decade IoT or the Internet of Things has been a trend to watch. It involves the transfer of data to and from sensors that are connected to the internet. It also uses software that enables companies to analyze the data and find out more about the project as well as to project for future uses.
Gartner, that on-steroids research company that provides us with so many stats is predicting that the price of IoT sensors is going to dramatically lower and that more companies are going to be using them for things like healthcare, industrial and manufacturing and for retail and other industry areas.
Further, they are predicting that by the end of this year alone, the connected devices are going to reach over 14 billion and that by 2021, just two years from now, there will be 25 billion items that are connected. Those stats alone are enough to keep you spinning. But wait, there’s more.
Now it’s not enough that the things we are doing with IoT seem to be confusing, now. there are questions about whether or not to change the established name that we are using, namely…IoT. As if there were not enough about IoT to confuse the average person, the nomenclature will– according to Forester research–probably change.
“Basically, the term is too generic and confusing,” Frank E. Gillett, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester, told PCMag. “We think terms like ‘connected product’ or ‘connected operations’ will rise. That, plus more specific use case terms like ‘predictive maintenance,’ ‘condition-based monitoring,’ and ‘cold chain monitoring,’ will be used because they are specific and descriptive.”
But, what’s in a name? It’s quite likely that we’re all going to know what we’re talking about no matter what the name is that they are using. It’s the trends that we’re interested in –what is happening in IoT–and here are a few for you to be watching in the course of the next few months.
IoT is going to play a much bigger role in customer relationship management and in Help desk technology. IoT data is going to be a lot more in use to help us to automate our customer service and to manager our customers. IoT devices will do things like notify the company when they see a customer unable to connect a device or not able to use the device properly. This could be any device connected such as appliances but also utilities or smart meters or cable services.
Food Safety and IOT are a match made in heaven. IoT tech is going to make our food a lot safer to eat.Cold food storage company Lineage Logistics has been experimenting with ndustrial.Io and AT&T in order to keep the food saver. Smart meters keep track of the temp and the humidity so that the food will be better cared for.
MDM will be used to protect against things like ransomware and secure the IoT. Last spring in 2018, the city of Atlanta underwent a ransomware attach that affected their payments and water services. It literally crippled the whole city. Smart city projects are becoming more prolific and along with them will come the ransomware attacks that can pose a real threat to the city, controlling lighting, traffic and transportation.
Samsung, VMware and SOTI mobile device management solutions can be key to preventing or warding off this type of ransomware attacks that hold entire cities hostage.
You’re going to see a lot more IoT data up for grabs. It was predicted that this year and next year you’ll see a lot more data up for sale in a practice that is being called infonomics. Gartner says that this practice of selling data will be a very important part of IoT systems by 2023.
What trends do you see shaping IoT and the way that we use it?