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Internet of Things – IoT, have been triggering imagination of engineers and technology fans for quite a long time now. It’s a concept created by the British entrepreneur and start-ups owner – Kevin Ashton. “Internet of things” is like an ecosystem in which items can communicate with each other, either it happens by a human being or without him. The idea has a huge, partially used, potential. We believe in a few years from now it will be popularized and used on daily basis. In the meantime, it’s good to learn some more about it. IoT will be an omnipresent phenomenon, embracing various categories; starting from intelligent clothes, everyday use appliances, houses, through intelligent industry, water economy, transport and ending with intelligent cities. The last concept is handled in the framework of Horizon 2020 program, in projects SIMPLI-CITY and CityPulse which could be seen nearby our stand during Mobile World Congress 2016.
Right now, we’re already able to connect everyday objects to the net which let us get used to many solutions quite intuitively. Thus, intelligent clothes are no surprise. When typing the phrase “Intelligent clothes” in Google, plenty of articles come up as a result. Smart homes were a heated topic already in 80s, but only recently they’ve grown in popularity. Polish market is also up-to-date with some start-ups dynamically developing in terms of IoT. We mean OORT technology, which users can control their work and home environment from one application and create intelligent everyday items system adjusting it to their needs and lifestyle.
This technology is supposed to manage many levels of everyday life and control them more precisely. It will also allow for better time and resources management making the economy more efficient and easier to optimize according to changing situations. Foreseeing as well as avoiding natural disasters will be possible due to constant access to a huge amounts of data, such as river levels, waste amounts or pollution state. Automatic information about the warehouse conditions will be considerably more common among entrepreneurs, making production and sales management easier and decreasing surplus in addition to that. We’ll also receive a possibility of a more effective control over used energy which might be priceless for our economy.
In tomorrow’s world presented in projects such as METIS-II under Horizon 2020 European Commission program, all parameters of our life are registered, calculated and constantly diagnosed. We’ll have to do with the increased calculation power and much better possibilities of storing and forwarding data, provided by producing smaller and cheaper sensors and data transmission technology 5G. Every day will bring new calculations and statistics concerning the extent to which we utilize our resources and we’ll be able to notice new solutions to existing problems due to daily analysis.
We know what benefits stems from the Internet of Things but we must be aware of the risk inevitably connected with this concept. Cyberspace dangers are known to most of us. But how will they evolve when a number and role of items connected to the Internet will change drastically?
Interactive Advertising Bureau Poland IAB Polska conducted a research fully concerning IoT in Poland.
On the base of the research, we show you the chart below illustrating the number of IoT devices during recent years together with the forecast for the year 2020. It’s clearly visible that in the next 5 years, the number of IoT devices will increase five times.
It’s not so difficult to imagine a situation in which data exchange process in the era of IoT requires new solutions. Many methods allowing for information exchange between two objects have been described up to this day, e.g. WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC or Z-WA-VE.
We’re sure 2020 will bring many changes, mainly concerning a common use of new generation 5G mobile network. Currently, there’s 5GB data used monthly per mobile device. Operators foresee that the increase of technology requirements and 5G users in 2020 must be able to sustain the level of 500 GB per user monthly. Another challenge to be faced is reaching 50 Mbps download speed and 25 Mbps upload speed by the users on 95% on the world surface, during 95% of the time.
We’re familiar with the 2020 vision. We know the benefits and risks of IoT and new generation 5G network. What about you? Do you think that Kevin Ashton forecast will be realized and life in an intuitive world will come true? Or do we already live it? Will we install Avast on our trainers and hear data base update while walking the dog? One thing we know for sure – we’ll know the answers very soon.