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Internet of Things : What is it and where will it take us?

2020 marks the 21st anniversary of the Internet of Things (IoT). It is no longer new, but not everyone knows what abundance of technology and engineering solutions lie beneath it. Let’s just say that the Internet of Things and related technological innovations will change our lives in the very near future.

What is the Internet of Things, how does it work and why is it necessary?

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We had enough. But we’re not alone in this world. Experts predict that by 2020, about 28 billion devices will be connected to the Web, of which only a third – computers, smartphones, and tablets. The remaining two-thirds will be on other devices: TVs, payment terminals, fitness bracelets, cars, consumer electronics, production equipment, all kinds of sensors and controllers. Previously, we had not seen the need to give them access to the World Wide Web. In fact, what might be needed for an Internet point of sale or blinds? But now we know that it opens up a whole new world of incredible possibilities.

The Internet of Things is not a concept; it is a network, the true technology-enabled Network of all networks. Edewede Oriwoh

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Your laptop is capable of not only running a video on the screen but also to broadcast it over the network to a TV or projector, and they are able to receive that signal and play. With your smartphone or tablet, you can connect to a video camera in your home to see what your pet is doing while you are at work. Fitness bracelet will not only allow you to calculate the number of calories burned but also to publish your achievements in the social network. Smart TV can stream not only TV shows but also videos from YouTube, and if you want to call friends – to your built-in Skype service.

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Every year our devices become more complex and advanced, taking on more and more tasks, freeing us from the routine. But for electronics to do them alone or with our minimal intervention, many devices need to share data, interact. The network, through which gadgets connect with each other or the outside world is called the Internet of Things.

Physically, it can be radio communication and radio communication, Bluetooth, or even a regular Wi-Fi connection. When these communication protocols are used to transmit information between devices, they are part of the Internet of Things.

The exchange of information can participate not only in intelligent electronics but also in books, letters and parcels, clothing, and many other household items.

For example, an RFID tag on the packaging of an expensive item or a valuable library book will not allow an attacker to sneak an item out of a store or reading room. A reading device built into the RFID door will signal when the tag hits the reading area – and advanced systems can block the exit from the building, take a picture of the attacker, or send a message to the guard describing the stolen item.

The codes and barcodes will help robots sort mail faster. The autoloaders are oriented in the warehouse using labels glued to the boxes with QR codes or RFID tags.

Through labeling, electronic devices are able to “explore the world” by determining what physical objects surround them, processing this information, and transmitting it if necessary. They are all Internet of Things devices.

The use of all these technologies is literally everywhere – in our homes, offices, transportation, industry, health care, and even in travel.


They are all Internet of Things devices

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The smart house we’re going to build

With the words “smart house” come to mind images of fantastic movies and TV series, in which the home, equipped with incredible devices and Internet things, is able not only to take care of a person but also to maintain a conversation with him, or share the news. It is difficult to say whether these houses will become real in the near future, but we are already taking the first steps towards that.

Today, a smart home is a set of devices and software solutions that control (automatically or under partial human control) the lighting and microclimate in doors, take care of security, manage multimedia devices. If you have a video camera connected to the Internet at home, or if the sensor in the toilet automatically turns on the lights when you open the door, you can consider your home intelligent. Smart gadgets for housing each year is becoming more and more.

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Why you need the Internet of Things?

Family Hub refrigerator

Smart Refrigerator touch screen.

For example, Samsung has released a Family Hub refrigerator that helps you order products with delivery in the comfort of the kitchen: using a touch screen on the refrigerator door. You can put a store catalog on it and choose the goods. The refrigerator can track the shelf life of each product and remind owners. And every time the door closes, Family Hub takes a picture of its contents and sends it to the owner on a smartphone. So you don’t have to remember if there’s milk, yogurt, or tomatoes in the house – just look at the phone!

The Chinese company Xiaomi produces a number of devices for smart homes. These include smart electricity (sockets, switches, extension cords), wireless controllers to control other gadgets and all sorts of sensors – motion, water leaks, opening doors and windows, temperature, humidity, and pressure. For most devices, you can configure behavior scenarios. For example, the Xiaomi Smart Wireless Switches allows you to define different actions with a single click, double or long-press, and the Xiaomi Mi Magic Cube Controller, made in the form of a cube, you can rotate, shake, hit, or move – depending on the action, it can perform six commands that you can program yourself. The doorbell button will send you a message on your smartphone, if someone comes to you in your absence, and if you have a camera – and show a picture of the guest.

intelligent toilets

The Smart Thermostat will be able to constantly maintain the ideal “time” in the house. In cold weather, it will automatically increase your heat consumption, and in hot weather, it will reduce your expenses by 30%. The smart lighting will turn on when the room gets too dark, and in the morning the technology blinds will cover the window so that the sun’s rays don’t wake you up early. A smart stove in the kitchen will help you find a recipe for a delicious breakfast on the Internet and bring it to the screen on the right in the cooking area.

The bathroom, equipped with smart appliances, will help save water. The system will reduce the pressure in the faucet when you shave or brush your teeth and give full power when you need to shower or take a bath. In Japan and China, intelligent toilets have already been developed and are capable of performing tests to monitor the health of the host, such as detecting diabetes or identifying a risk group. In the future, we can expect to have personal physicians accompanying everyone in a 24/7 mode. Test results, information on fitness bracelets, nutrition, and sleep, exercise, electronic weight readings will be combined and processed to make health recommendations or to remind your doctor if there are any alarm bells ringing.

The Internet of Things helps at work

The Internet of Things helps at work

Progress will not bypass offices and jobs. The time when only robots will work hard will not come soon, but today intelligent electronics are helping us build that future.

One of General Electric’s divisions, GE Renewable Energy, has managed to reduce maintenance costs by 10% and the cost of unplanned repairs by 20% by introducing a data monitoring system on its field equipment. The division generates energy from renewable sources and produces wind turbines, solar power plants, and hydroelectric power plants. Special sensors continuously monitor the operation of this equipment, transferring telemetry data to a single center. With the slightest deviation in the work, GE specialists are ready to quickly perform preventive work or emergency repairs, preventing failure and saving money on equipment restoration. The same telemetry allows you to predict future power generation and plan how to use generators more efficiently. All this reduces operating costs and minimizes financial losses for the company.


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Another area of the use of the Internet of Things is fleet monitoring systems, which are already saving companies’ finances. The installation of several GPS sensors and navigation equipment OR GLONASS allows you to almost completely eliminate the abuse of official transportation: fuel theft, misuse, and more. Such a system is capable of literally monitoring every movement of the driver: the route of movement, the distance traveled, the refueling points, the volume of fuel poured and used, the parking and its duration, the respect of the speed mode.

The Internet of Things will link devices operating in different parts of the production into a single “organization” that will help to optimize and simplify human work, take over a significant part of production and administrative tasks.