The Internet of Things (IoT)

June 30, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the connection of physical devices with the existing internet infrastructure.  The number of devices which communicate with the internet has exploded in recent years, and is predicted to reach over 26 billion devices by 2020. All of these devices integrate with the Internet by utilizing a unique IP address, which allows each device to harness the vast, seemingly unlimited knowledge of the Internet while providing increasingly personalized benefits to the individual user.

Although the beginning of the Internet of Things is hard to pin down, many writers point to one device as Device Zero, or the first internet connected appliance.  This item was a Coke Machine in 1982 located at Carnegie Melon University. Faculty and students were frustrated to make the long trek from various parts of their building to the Coke machine only to find that the machine was out, or that it was recently loaded and only had warm Coca-Colas. In response, four graduate students developed a program that connected the Coke machine to their computers so that they could check and see if the machine had a cold Coke or not. Since then, millions upon millions of devices have now been connected to the internet that can go beyond simple inventory management.

So today, what devices can be connected to the internet? As the technology advances, both the devices that connect to the internet and how they connect to the internet are limited only by the human imagination. Anything that is referred to as a “smart” device is a part of the Internet of Things and there are constantly new categories of devices being released to help customers manage their work and lives more efficiently.  Connected devices are transforming the cars we drive, our personal wellness, companies’ management of resources, healthcare – no industry is untouched.

Devices on the IoT are the hardware which interact with the end user. These devices provide enhanced interaction and feedback; and typically, connecting a device to the internet brings the user more control over the device.  Once connected, the devices can be controlled, monitored, have predictive learning abilities, and become automated. For example, Igor’s cutting-edge Power over Ethernet (PoE) software gives users full control over the lighting in their building or buildings from a centralized location.

Often there is one typical concern about the Internet of Things of which consumers should be aware. Being connected to a central internet cloud can lead to vulnerability to hacking if the device software is not adequately protected. This means that you should ensure that your provider is keeping the highest standards for both your security and safety. Igor takes this concern seriously and has taken added steps to ensure that every aspect of their PoE lighting software protects your devices and privacy.

There is one certainty with the IoT – it is inevitable. The Internet of Things is the future, and the future has already started.

For more information on how Igor can help connect you to the Internet of Things, visit the How It Works page.