Surely you have heard more than once the term ” the internet of things “. We have used it a lot in YozzFun, you have read it in many articles on the internet, but surely many people will continue to wonder what exactly is “the internet of things “.
The first problem we encounter is that the so-called “internet of things” is a literal translation of “The internet of things”, perhaps in Spanish we should call it “internet in all things”.That’s the basic one you have to stay with.
So what exactly is the internet of things?
Think of your lamp, it is a static element that has two functions, on and off. With the internet of things we can get that lamp is connected to the internet to be able to control it remotely.What interest can this have for you? Although it seems that you will never need in your life that a lamp is connected to the internet, think how we thought the same as the phones.
In this example, an internet-connected lamp can allow you to turn on your home at night, have a light on for a few minutes before you enter the door, or you can turn it on remotely to make it look like someone is home.
The internet of things can be used on many everyday objects that were once simply elements of on and off. Nest got Google to buy the company because they invented a thermostat that regulates heating remotely. In Spain there is momit Smart Thermostat , who has created a very similar intelligent thermostat. In air conditioning we know systems like Sensibo, very similar services that allows you to control remotely compatible equipment with remote control.
Control of the lighting and the temperature of your home is just one step, not just appliances or items in your home.Imagine that cars can also have internet connectivity and communicate with each other, informing the cars that come behind incidents, connecting to a traffic control that allows them to know in real time problems in roads and streets.
Who is lighting my lamp?
The internet of things is not without risks. Everything is connected, everything is interconnected, therefore, everything is at risk for possible security breaches.
It would be naive to wait until everything connected to the internet is infallible, we have already proven it with failures like Heartbleed. Therefore it is not unreasonable that a security problem in some home automation service will, in the worst case, give access to other people to control your devices.Again, in the worst case scenario.
Does this mean that the internet of things is somewhat insecure? No, but you can never guarantee the 100% reliability of a service connected to the internet.
What is the real benefit of having everything connected?
Actually the biggest benefit you can get is not having all the control from your smartphone, it goes further. It is that having everything connected you can have a series of information that you did not have before and with which you can make better decisions. Metrics, that’s the keyword.
If all your lamps and lighting is connected to the internet, the provider of this service can give you some statistics of times that you have connected the lights, in addition to the consumption. Better times can be generated in which to have the light on. In the same way heating systems or air conditioning, cleaning, appliances …
The beauty of having analytics and statistics of use of all your products is that by studying them you can save money and optimize your life. In the case of your car, you can get better information on last-minute route changes, including whether a car of the same brand and model has improved its performance thanks to the fuel of a particular brand.
The possibilities of having everything connected are immense and also the implications.