Magic is often seen as the realm of mysticism and a violation of scientific laws. Science is often seen as the realm of materialism and technology. These two realms are often viewed as un-resolvable opposites; where magic holds sway, science must fail and where science holds sway, magic must fail.
But the pace at which science has been evolving; magic seems to be the new replacement for the name!
GITEX, Technology Week is a game-changing, must-attend event in Dubai. The world’s fastest growing technology hub is yet again hosting the mega event from 8th October 2017 and there are going to be technologies that can get anyone spellbound.
Here is your guide to one of the sectors under projection; IoT (Internet of Things).
Proposed by Kevin Ashton in 1999, the Internet of Things (IoT) refers to identifiable objects and their virtual representation in an Internet-like structure.
IoT was previously known as “control networks,” a concept Reza Raji described as “moving small packets of data to a large set of nodes, so as to integrate and automate everything from home appliances to entire factories.”
The Internet of what? The internet of things is a term you may have heard a lot recently. It features heavily in discussions about our future – and, increasingly, our present. But what is it?
This is a simple guide to the term, the impact it’s set to have, and how it might change your life.
At its heart, the concept is very simple. It’s about connecting devices to the internet. This doesn’t just mean smart phones, laptops, and tablets. The ‘smart fridge’ dominates media discussions. A fridge that could let you know when you’re running out of something, write a shopping list, or alert you if something has gone out of date. But, in theory, anything from a jet engine, to a washing machine could be connected.
Connected devices can be controlled remotely – think: “adjusting your heating via an app” – and can gather useful data.
According to SAP, the number of connected devices is set to exceed 50 billion by 2020. Revenue for the providers of IoT services is also growing rapidly.
Solving problems on a massive scale!
The IoT is about much more than connecting multiple objects in your home to the internet. As the World Economic Forum’s Intelligent Assets: unlocking the circular economy potential report has highlighted, the IoT has the potential to transform entire cities.
Sensors, combined with smart phones, will allow for more efficient energy networks (across cities and in your home), reduced congestion and improved transport, as well as recyclable, multi-use buildings.
Houses, offices, factories and public buildings could all generate electricity from renewable sources. Sensors would then coordinate the distribution and storage of this power, making whole systems cleaner, more efficient and more stable.
The IoT has the potential to make our lives better. More efficient heating systems could save us money, transport apps could save us time, and new electrical grid systems could help save the planet.
So, do you think it’s all great then?
Not quite. There are numerous security concerns around having so many connected devices. Each connected device, in theory, becomes a risk and a possible target for hackers.
Many of these devices contain a lot of personal information and data. Consider a smart electricity meter. It knows your electricity use and typical times you’re at home. All of this could be available to a hacker.
If a whole city is connected, the risk becomes much greater.
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