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IoT From a Beginner’s Perspective

Author: Sujoy Roy
by Sujoy Roy
Posted: Jan 11, 2019
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There’s a lot of buzz at the moment about the Internet of Things (or IoT) and its impact on various things. But what is the Internet of Things? How does it work, how much is it important? To understand it from a beginner’s perspective check out:

The Internet of things (IoT) is the network of devices such as vehicles, and home appliances that contain electronics, software, actuators, and connectivity which allows these things to connect, interact and exchange data.

The term "Internet of Things" is attributed to Kevin Ashton of Procter & Gamble, who in 1999 article used the phrase to describe the role of RFID tags in making supply chains more efficient. At the time, the idea of electronically gathering data in a production facility or warehouse and linking it to computers for analysis was still very new.

IoT involves extending Internet connectivity beyond standard devices, such as desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets, to various devices and everyday objects. Embedded with technology, these devices can communicate and interact over the Internet, and they can be remotely monitored and controlled.In general, these devices use internet protocol (IP), the same protocol that identifies computers over the world wide web and allows them to communicate with one another. The goal behind the internet of things is to have devices that can send data/report automatically in real time, improving efficiency and bringing important information to the surface more quickly than a system depending on human intervention.

The Internet of Things promises to transform a wide range of fields. For example, in medicine, the connected devices can help medical professionals monitor patients inside and outside of a hospital. Data analyzers can then evaluate the data to help practitioners adjust treatments and improve patient outcomes.

Among the different Internet of Things examples the following amazes me.

In healthcare sectorconnected contact lenses and activity trackers are quite interesting. Connected contact lenses with inbuilt sensors can analyze tears and provide the information to doctors about their patients. It can check the glucose level of a person and also work on an eye’s focus. Similarly, activity trackers help doctors to monitor & get accurate information of their patients related to fatigue, appetite, heart, pulse, temperature, blood pressure etc.

Another product which excites me is the Google Glass. It transformed the functionality limits of eyeglasses. It features a head-mounted display in the form of eyeglasses. The Google glasses function as a hands-free smartphone, letting users access the mobile internet browser, camera, maps, calendar, and other apps by voice commands. It can help you see your flight information right at the moment of entering the airport, scan a barcode to see the complete information, get directions to a shop in a new city?and so on.

It is a giant network of interconnected objects that has the potential to dramatically increase the availability of information. With the advancement of technologies such as artificial intelligence systems that are capable of communicating and sharing data, can be applied to any industry to achieve greater results and performance.

IoT deployments are challenging. Multiple operational teams & business units, apart from IT teams, need to be involved for an effective IoT implementation. IOT being a relatively new concept, choosing a proper IoT solution provider can be a challenging job.

Please visit the link to understand the development cycle of an IOT project:

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Author: Sujoy Roy

Sujoy Roy

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Member since: Jan 08, 2019
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