Internet of Things technology: the future of connected machines Ting Staff • June 15, 2018 if( has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ): ?> endif; ?> Let’s talk about Internet of Things technology Data demands are not limited to computers and phones, but other devices connected to those primary devices. What are those devices and how can they help us? How much data do they really demand? We hope to answer those questions and more here on the Ting blog as we explore Internet of Things technology. What is IoT? IoT is a short way to describe devices and machines that have the ability to communicate with each other online. These “things” are the next gen of communication tools that are improving connectivity between people, communities and businesses. Its whole maturation will be like full bars of Wi-Fi spilling over into the cracks of everyday life, and machine life too for that matter. It’s predicted that the total number of IoT connections will grow from six billion in 2015 to 27 billion in 2025. That’s a lot of things on the Internet. The history (and present) of IoT The Internet of Things blazed tradeshow trails for over two decades, fading in and out of the limelight. The concepts and standards remained quirky, unobtainable, or excessive in the early applications. Often the services were reserved for big named conglomerates in the 1990s with money to throw around. However, IoT has now captured a lion’s share of the technology sector interests and capital. Due to the amazing level of scalability, low-power electronics allow the Internet to endow its magic touch onto most any old thing (not always the best idea). IoT’s renewed novelty has manufacturers stuffing every appliance with more information-rich features. Data-savvy professionals are rushing to use clever devices to translate our real-world behavior to a virtual profile for advertising and market research. Unbridled access to inexpensive components and gadgets are making do-it-yourself IT projects profitable enough to disrupt whole industries from a garage. Anyone with an idea and an Internet connection has the potential for delivering services at point-of-need! You could make loads of cash if yo— bzzbzzbzzzz— Sorry, one moment. I think my mailbox just pushed a package notification at me. My assistant, Alexa, had suggested that I try a new food service. I don’t want it to spoil. Hmm, it’s my mother. No, hold on, it’s my mother’s house switching into vacation idle mode. I thought she was leaving tomorrow! I am glad I tried one of these new self-driving taxis. Okay, Google better reroute to mom’s, so I can see her off. And, since we have a little more time to talk now, I can start a pot of coffee over LTE. It should be ready by the time I get there. Could you do that for me Cortana? Rich brew, please. Yes, the hazelnut. Easy as pi. Of course, I wouldn’t leave Siri out on purpose. My mom is taking Siri as a travel buddy to France to help translate Internet-connected monuments and… I apologize, did I mention all the buzz surrounding the Internet of Things? The rapid growth has made it difficult to pin down what it is exactly. But you probably get the gist. Avoid what you see as excesses and stick to what you find useful. You may already be a more advanced user than you are aware. Perhaps you can even claim a favorite digital assistant. How can we make it function better in the future The above scenario might not be shocking if you have been following the speedy acceleration of IoT development. Artificial Intelligence is a separate technology but compliments IoT. These assistants provide a human-like interface while learning how we prefer to use IoT connected devices. Regardless of your favorite, each witty pocket personality is now an important part of controlling the IoT landscape. In a few years, AI will have helped us determine the edges of the Internet of Things. Instant solutions at the edge are the hidden power, discreet distractions, and profitable functions of IoT. Powering services at the edge Forming the services at the edge in the Internet of Things requires massive amounts of data (the entire IP traffic of the Internet eats up about 96 Exabytes a month, or 96 billion Gigabytes). Fast information and communication is crucial for usability and mission critical in industrial deployment of IoT. It creates new challenges to accommodate the need for faster, broader and smarter networks. That is where players like us get to shine. When your devices have a strong signal and a secure route to communicate then you can make reliable connections with the communities, businesses, and customers in your network. Without traditional obstacles, Internet of Things technology will allow you to spend more time working, innovating, organizing, controlling, collaborating and playing, anywhere and anytime.