Internet of things

Iot, Internet of things

Internet of things means that more objects or things that we own will be connected to each other in different ways. By being connected to each other and also to internet, the object or “thing” will be able to collect data or be controlled over internet.

This may be anything from things in our homes, big industries, society functions or similar. The internet of things can aid streamlining and saving when developing industries. For each man, smart objects can help in day-to-day life, such as a smart watch that can wake you up in the right sleep phase.

Smart homes is a growing industry that is becoming increasingly more popular among consumers. Smart homes means that intelligent things can recognise if a person is close or not so that ventilation or heat only will turn on if they are present.

  • Regards any object or “thing” that is connected to each other and can send information.
  • Exists in everything from smart homes, fashion, exercise equipment, healthcare and big industries.
  • Requires information to be shared through bluetooth, wifi or the phone network.
  • Sweden is one of the leading countries in the development of internet of things.
  • Will require infrastructure that can manage vast amounts of data.
  • Cyber threats are a huge problem for internet of things.
  • Self driving cars will be a part of internet of things.

Security issues with internet of things

The more things that are connected and managed with internet, the more is at risk for hacks and mismanagement. An example could be healthcare that only have medical records in serveres that could be hacked and shut down. All of a sudden healthcare could be left empty handed.

Even though new ways to protect against cyber threats are developed, it’s like cutting the head of a hydra since hackers always figure out new loopholes to take advantage of.

Among the more common objects that are connected to internet are security cameras that are private or public. By being connected to internet a person can with internet reach the camera and spy. It’s recommended to have passwords for babymonitors, webcams, and private security cameras.

Self-steering and connected cars

One of the most controversial developments within internet of things is the self-steering car that is completely autonomous. The car is wirelessly connected to internet and other drivers, and can quickly collect a vast amount of data to drive safely.

By connecting to internet, the car can take in information if an accident has happened further down the road and therefore take another turn to get to end destination faster. The information will be anything that humans currently don’t have access to themselves while driving the car.

Of course the cars wont only be connected to internet, they will also be connected to other cars in nearby locations. In that way you can warn each other if a kid is passing the road or an icy road is ahead.

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