The Internet of Things – Explained

The Internet of Things - Explained

It happened long ago when only a smartphone used to be the most innovative gadget around us. But today, as we look around, every little thing is connected to the Internet be it a watch, television and even the ACs and refrigerators. Now, that’s what we call the power of the Internet, machines are communicating with each other. This giant network, connecting gadgets and electrical appliances is where the concept of the Internet of Things arises from.

No doubt, your mind must have become a pool of so many ‘whats’ and ‘hows’ by now. Therefore, read along and learn everything about this broad term.

What is The Internet of Things?

To define: It describes the network of smart devices that are embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies to collect and share data with other devices and systems over the Internet. Not to mention, it is one of the essential technologies of the 21st century with around 10 billion devices connected to the Internet today

Smart microwaves, self-driven cars and even the fitness devices we use to measure heart rate and the number of steps taken are based on this technology. Moreover, it may surprise you that even footballs are connected with the Internet now. The software installed in them tracks the speed and records other statistics for future training purposes.

However, lately, there have been questions regarding the risks and potential dangers of infusing IoT in every aspect of human life.

What are the issues with it?

Although the impact of IoT in our lives is increasing exponentially, some threats are associated with it.

Security: The security threat is the greatest till date as the security regulations are yet to develop fully. In fact, the Global Risks Report of 2018 highlights the menace of cyber-attacks and the danger to all interconnected devices due to internal weaknesses. Moreover, cloud vendors and service providers are the prime targets of a severe security threat posed by the rise in ransomware.

Privacy: Many customers have been disappointed with the lack of privacy the IoT offers them. Besides, there have been instances about user’s gadgets spying on them. As people are becoming aware of this privacy breaching, they are demanding ultimate control over their data.

Risk of Losing Data: There is a massive threat of corporates and individuals losing their data via cross-border attacks. Moreover, The World Economic Forum has anticipated that these attacks will compel nations to make internet walls and limit internet activities.

What Embedded Systems Connect to the Internet?

Many embedded systems that we use today are connected to the Internet to provide advanced services and features. It can be a mobile phone, wireless router, remote control or a washing machine.

  • For instance, video games consoles, digital cameras, etc., include embedded systems that provide working flexibility and efficiency.
  • All these devices, infused with embedded systems, are also termed as ‘smart’ devices.

The boom in embedded devices becoming increasingly used every day throughout the UK has led to more companies, not just within the electronics section, employing embedded systems engineers to fix and maintaining hardware and software combined. They have the complete knowledge to design, develop and maintain the software that would run on the system’s micro-controller and can solve issues quicker than outsourcing.

The Internet of Things is a forever expanding thing phenomenon that connects people, places and things and is now quickly becoming a specialist subject in itself.

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