What is the Internet of Things and how it is already transforming our lives?

Pub: Oct 13, 2017Upd: May 04, 2020
  • Internet of Things
Written by
Content writer at Inoxoft

We’ve all seen the futuristic utopian films with the flying self-driving cars but it was hard to believe that the changes are knocking our doors now.
The IoT is a young and dynamically developing concept of connected gadgets that steadily invade the modern world. It appeared as a bunch of optimization solutions that had to resolve the everyday problems on manufacturing and is actively intruding the other spheres of human life.

How IoT works?

The first and most important question to ask is what does Internet of Things do? A smart house is a perfect example of an Internet of Things as it functions thanks to the major components – the smart objects in the system, sensors, and gadgets, and the IoT platform – each serving its function. Imagine that it’s a cold winter evening and you’re about to leave the office premise. You are used to the comfort and the smart house is to be blamed. Who will control the internet of things? You will. The first thing you do is take your mobile phone and look at the current temperature at home, you see that it’s +15 degrees so you indicate +19 degrees on the program setting. Finally, you return to a well-heated house.

Let’s take a look on the other side of the process to understand what is IoT development all about from the technical point of view:

As you launch an application, you see the current temperature in your house thanks to the temperature sensors that can communicate with an IoT platform and, finally, your mobile phone. Next, as you change the temperature, the sensors send the signal to the central heating and give a command to increase the temperature.

The IoT is realized through two simultaneous processes: the communication between the gadgets that store statistics and the human interaction with them. The IoT system components vary a lot. Depending on the main functionality of the smart object, it can be supplied with an accelerometer, Bluetooth, camera, GSM, GPS, altitude, humidity sensors, NFS, speakers, gyroscope, an onboard computer, and many other supporting technologies.

Imagine that we apply the IoT to resolve the traffic issue, we’ll need to create a system of systems that would include the traffic lights and cameras that would inform the important infrastructures such as the schools and airports about the traffic jams.

The role of software development in the IoT is more than significant. The IT specialists contribute to the comfort of the IoT experience with the comprehensive and easy-to-use mobile and web applications. The IoT for mobile and web has already shown great results as we can see the rising number of specialized applications for healthcare and logistics industry.

The benefits of IoT

IoT is all about the optimization at any level and field. Its main aim is to make the life of the users and businesses easier. With IoT, the time spent on the market research, as well as the money spent on purchasing the questionable items and materials is used way more efficiently.

Imagine that you’ve started your own furniture manufacturing point and would like to launch a new line of chairs. With the IoT, you’ll be able to see the most frequently purchased materials and see what models the visitors look longest. The interconnected sensors would collect the visitor’s data while they are in the showroom detecting where they spend much time and sending the information to the IoT platform.

Real-time data analysis is the most powerful tool in the hands of any business. The fast pace of the fashion revolution and trend change in general, require a quick reaction of the businesses and this is where the real-time trend tracking comes in handy. With a fresh pack of trends, you can easily reconstruct the mundane processes and increase the income. Just let an efficient IoT solution bring about great changes to your business.

Who is Developing the Internet of Things?

It depends. Not all IoT systems are created according to a standard template. Each IoT system is built to meet the specific needs of the users and it is the very purpose of the IoT that dictates the set of elements involved. The IoT systems are composed of hardware such as sensors, hubs, and gateways, and the software – web/desktop/mobile applications for a convenient management. Inoxoft specializes in the software development writing the programs that would connect the entire system of devices.

Written by
Content writer, Foreign Languages Department Graduate. The former member of NGO with experience in social work, promoting leadership and changes in the youth community. You can find Yaryna on Facebook, Twitter or on Linkedin, .
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