Internet of Things: What you need to know

The IoT Is Here Now…

The Internet of Things IoT

Today’s Internet connects people, governments, academia and business. The already emerging Internet of Things (IoT) goes far beyond that. Largely enabled by embedded computing devices and ubiquitous communications, the Internet of Things reaches to vehicles, homes, towns and cities, commerce, manufacturing and every aspect of industry.

The most important thing to know about the IoT: Soon, everything that uses electricity, including electricity from batteries or solar power, will be able to communicate. The Internet was computers, networks and servers. The Internet of Things is just about everything you can imagine. It is sensors, speakers, cameras, entertainment devices, medical devices homes, cars, boats, chairs, toasters, you name it. It is all being networked together.

The IoT is bringing countless benefits to humanity. There are threats to be sure, but most of those can be mitigated.

A snapshot of the trend right now indicates:

  • Use cases include enhancements to education, training, safety, security, healthcare, transportation and optimized manufacturing.
  • The industrial and manufacturing variant of this trend, known as the Industrial Internet of Things, is automating manufacturing processes and capabilities and generating efficiencies that make this another unstoppable trend.

The threat dynamics around this trend includes many privacy implications. If an adversary can penetrate the IoT devices in a home or office, then in some cases they may be able to collect information you would not want them to have, perhaps even video or audio of private and sensitive discussions. Interruptions of Industrial Internet of Things capabilities can degrade manufacturing performance and must also be taken very seriously.

Our recommendation: continue to learn about the impact of the IoT. Do that here at Things Cyber!

We track the top news and analysis on IoT and all the other major mega trends of technology in the Things Cyber Tech Landscape section. The megatrends we track there are:

  • Artificial Intelligence: Tracking the future of thinking machines large and small, including the AI enabled systems used by your smartphone.
  • Cloud Computing: Powerful centralized computing delivering new capabilities like software as a service and most of the ecommerce and social media services we all use today.
  • Mobile Computing: Connected super-computers in your hand giving people ESP-like super powers. Our smartphones now ship with dozens of high end sensors and those are only increasing. See: The Mobile Phone Revolution has Just Begun
  • Big Data Analytics: Making sense of incredible amounts of data, including data generated and used by robotics and the IoT.
  • Robotics: Automating every task that can be, creating, and disrupting jobs. This includes, by the way, disrupting entertainment (see Jimmy Fallon and his robots).
  • Internet of Things: Everything will have a chip and communicate with everything else, and how we optimize this will help ensure the IoT is focused on what we want.
  • Cybersecurity: Evil will aways be lurking. We must all reduce our risks in this connected world. this includes a need for cybersecurity on every

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Looking to upgrade your own IoT? Consider how you will protect your IoT at work and at home. Start with:

Robots and Robotics

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