The Internet of Things, future evolution of connected objects!
Alongside our dear smartphones, they are the stars of new technologies. Who? The connected objects of course!
These objects that communicate with each other to make everyday life easier have grown significantly in recent years. Last month, the first edition of a show that was entirely dedicated to them was held in Paris Porte de Versailles.
Unless not at all to be versed in the technology (but then, what do you do on the blog of Grosbill.com?), you have probably already heard about these objects. Maybe you even have a bracelet or a connected watch!
What you may not be aware of is that these objects are part of a much larger project called the Internet of Things (IoT or “Internet of Things” in the Shakespeare language). IoT is the future of the Internet also called Internet 3.0.
You’re a little lost? Do not panic, read on: you decipher everything!
IoT, who are you?
The Internet of Things (IoT) describes an ongoing revolution that consists of an increasing number of devices that can connect to the Internet and communicate with each other and other Web-enabled gadgets. This evolution of the Internet refers to a state where things (eg objects, environments, vehicles, clothing …) will have more and more information associated with them and will have the ability to detect, communicate, “Network” and produce new information.
The Internet is born of a simple idea: connect computers to each other to easily share data. IoT is the same vision applied to everything around us that we use on a daily basis.
The idea behind the Internet of Things is to use built-in sensors (eg RFID chips) in all the devices we use to communicate with each other. It’s a little like a nervous system applied to the digital world: eyes and ears become cameras and microphones, and a set of different sensors is responsible for sending and receiving data related to users.
The technology is still young, but it will take a decisive turn in the next few years to become fully integrated into our lifestyles. And with the deployment of the next evolution of mobile networks, 5G, the Internet of Things will have all the means of its ambitions.
Internet of Things: what applications?
For now and as individuals, we mainly know applications related to health and home automation / robotics (especially in the field of security).
For example, bracelets that measure your physical activity throughout the day or connected watches that are raging lately.
On the home side, the connected thermostat was one of the forerunners in connected objects. A few clicks in an application installed on your smartphone and your home is at ideal temperature when you return home after work!
We also know the GPS that receive information on road traffic to directly adapt the best route. As for the Korean giant Samsung, he has already presented his “Family Hub” at the last CES in Las Vegas. Among other functions, this smart refrigerator has the ability to alert you when food is lacking and even gives you the opportunity to buy them by going directly through it!
But the Internet of Things has bigger ambitions than just our comfort.
For example, it can allow a doctor to listen to you in real time and remotely, by measuring your heart rate via a connected device. Google has also invented a connected lens that allows people with diabetes to measure their insulin levels in real time and avoid a possible crisis.
To meet the energy crisis, the buildings of tomorrow will adapt to the habits of those who live in them. In this way, they will be able to intelligently manage their resource consumption and limit the waste of energy.
And these are just a few examples of the many uses associated with this technology of the future!
IoT, and after?
In the end, the Internet of Things will change the way we interact with the world around us. Everyday objects that we thought were commonplace will begin to behave autonomously … and to anticipate our needs.
The advantages are numerous, whether in terms of comfort of life or safety. However, we will also have to accept being constantly monitored, measured, “anticipated”.
The Internet of Things will lead us to redefine the notion of privacy, and reflect on the ubiquitous nature of technology in our daily lives.