Business evening. You are returning home. As soon as you open the door, several household appliances turn on. While you are undressing, the kettle boils water, the refrigerator orders the finished products, the smart air conditioner creates a comfortable temperature. The next day you go to work and, as soon as you drive up to the building, you find a free parking space, as if it had been reserved for you personally.
Welcome to the Internet of Things - a dream world where absolutely everything is connected to the Internet.
According to a Gartner report, 6.4 billion devices were connected to the Internet of Things in 2016. This is 30% more than in 2015. The number of connected devices is expected to reach 20.8 billion by 2020.
The Internet of Things is not the future, it is already a reality. In a number of developed countries (USA, Canada, Netherlands, Norway) entire neighborhoods are being built, controlled by electronics. How soon the Internet of Things will become ubiquitous is a matter of time. Almost all the necessary technologies for its implementation have already been invented by mankind.
This is how the Internet of Things is changing our lives.
At the dawn of its existence, the Internet was meant only for web browsing. Today it means a lot more. Now the Internet is Google and Facebook, streaming videos on YouTube and Netflix, cloud storage services. Apartments and houses are shrouded in Wi-Fi networks. Outside of our homes, mobile internet continues to deliver notifications, messages and letters to our mobile phones.
However, the world has yet to discover the real power of the Internet
Imagine that you can use your smartphone to lock and unlock your doors at home. You receive a text message when the washing machine finishes washing and a signal from the oven when the food is ready. All this can be realized today. The main thing is to have a stable high-speed Internet.
With the latest technological solutions, older people will be able to live independently in their own homes. They do not need a caregiver or loved ones around the clock. Their security will be ensured by systems like PERS. PERS is a wearable device equipped with a help button. In emergency situations, one press is enough to send a signal to the rescue service, to doctors or a person's relatives.
Children and education
The Internet has revolutionized all existing educational systems. Textbooks are the last century. Based on Internet technologies, educators are developing exciting new ways of learning that can be easily adapted to the characteristics of each student. With the help of the Internet of Things, students will be able to access online libraries of various universities and communicate with scientists around the world. Ultimately, students will take an active part in the most serious academic developments.
Even 30 years ago, we could communicate with far-away relatives only through phone calls and paper letters. Things have changed a lot since then. First came the Internet and email, then video. Today the distance between people is reduced by Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, VR, IoT protocols MQTT, XMPP, DDS and others.
Many athletes use IoT gadgets to improve their training efficiency. For example, special devices have been created for cyclists that help speed up the rotation of the pedals, calculate the route and distance traveled, track the heart rate, etc. In tennis rackets, special sensors can track the physical condition of the player, the force of his blow, speed, and also record the mistakes he made. In football boots and swim bracelets, electronics measure the speed and endurance of athletes.
With the Internet of Things, safe sports will be available to everyone. And if increased loads begin to harm the body, doctors will immediately find out about this and send the athlete the necessary recommendations.
The Internet of Things will eliminate the need to spend 8-9 hours a day in the office. The evolution of web tools and cloud services is making physical presence in the workplace meaningless. Teaching, design, medical diagnostics, programming are all types of activities that can be done remotely. With the development of the Internet of Things, there will be many more remote types of employment.
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