Imagine, you're at work and realize you should have turned off the air conditioner at home. Imagine, instead of driving all the way back home, you could use your iPhone to check the status of your air conditioner and possibly even turn it off? Wouldn't that be futuristic? Well, this is definitely possible thanks to the internet of things (IoT).
Until recently, internet access was confined to devices such as the PC, tablet, or smartphones, but with IoT, virtually all equipment can be connected to the internet and remotely monitored. The Internet of Things is changing the way we live. Besides all of this, it gives us a greater understanding of how things work around us.
IoT is a network of interconnected devices that use the internet to send and receive data from one another. The best example is a smart home. Home equipment such as the air conditioner, doorbell, thermostats, smoke detectors, water heaters, and security alarms can be linked to communicate data with the user via a mobile app. The user can now gain deep insight into how the devices around them work.
Not long ago, the internet assisted individuals in connecting and interacting with one another, but now inanimate objects or things can detect their environment and communicate and collaborate with one another.
Imagine again, your alarm goes off in the morning, the IoT system can open the curtains, start the coffee maker, and even switch on the water heater. Although all of this is exciting, there is a lot going on in the background to maintain smooth operation. Many components are involved, from excellent communication between devices to correct data processing.
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In the context of IoT devices, hardware can be divided into two categories: general devices and sensing devices. In information sharing, generic devices are the main components of the data hub. They are linked via wired or wireless connections. Household appliances are a prime example of such equipment.
Sensors and actuators, on the other hand, are sensing devices. Temperature, humidity, light intensity, and other factors are measured. These IoT devices are linked to the network via gateways; these gateways or process nodes process the data obtained from the sensors and send it to the cloud.
The cloud has access to both the storage unit and the processing unit. Actions are taken on the collected data in order to learn more and draw conclusions. To provide connectivity, wired and wireless interfaces such as GSMs, Zigby, wifi, bluetooth, etc. are employed.
Applications must support a wide range of devices and communication protocols to ensure their ubiquity. From tiny sensors capable of sensing and reporting the desired factor to sophisticated back-end servers used for data processing and information extraction.
Assume you want to water your garden every time the moisture level in the soil drops below a certain level. Instead of doing it manually, you could automate it using IoT.
The sensors and actuators installed measure the moisture content of the soil. This data is delivered to the IoT gateway via communication protocols such as MQTT or HTTP. Using Wifi LAN, the gateway significantly aggregates data and feeds it into the cloud.
When the moisture level falls, the system is activated and the sprinklers are switched on. However, with the information stored in the cloud, a detailed analysis such as the time of day the sprinkler was activated, the rate at which the moisture in the soil decreases, etc. can also be performed. The report could be sent to you on your smartphone via an app with improved responses, monitoring, and other analytical capabilities.
IoT is being used in practically all businesses and areas, opening the door to an infinite number of applications. Today, IoT is widely employed to reduce the burden on humans. IoT is used in a variety of applications, including wearables, smart homes, watches and bracelets, smart farming, smart retail, smart healthcare, smart cars, smart grids and smart cities.
With such a diverse range of applications, the future of IoT appears brighter than ever. There were around 23 billion connected devices in 2018, which was more than double the total global population. Experts predict that by 2025, there will be more than 80 billion devices. IoT is a concept of connecting all devices to the internet's power. They will never stop learning and evolving.
You might be wondering why now? This is primarily related to 5G. You can learn everything there is to know about 5G in our blog post. Simply said, 5G enables faster internet speeds and lower latency, making it ideal for linking devices and allowing them to interact and communicate with one another.
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