IoT is still in its early stages of deployment in several industries, and many businesses are not completely aware of the risks involved with it. But with many devices connecting to the network, organizations need to prepare for the wireless deployment of IoT.
FREMONT, CA: With an increasing number of devices now ready to connect to the internet, the concept of Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly taking form. So what exactly is IoT? IoT is simply extending the connectivity of the internet into everyday objects and physical devices. There is a vast number of devices that can be embedded with this technology both in the domestic consumer sector as well as the commercial sector.
Before we explore the commercial or business applications of IoT, let's first take a look at how it can impact the everyday consumer.
There is a rapidly growing market where consumers aim to convert their home into a smart home. This includes the automation of home appliances such as air conditioning, lighting and security systems. Here, the appliances are connected to a network that can easily be operated by a smartphone. Some of the apparent benefits include energy savings, where the electronics in the home can be remotely or automatically turned off when not in use. Other benefits include the convenience afforded by the user where a majority of the controls of the appliances are right at their fingertips.
When it comes to the business or commercial sector, IoT has its own unique set of advantages. This technology has already been applied to certain degrees in various sectors such as healthcare leading to digitized systems. Healthcare services and resources are connected by a network that can collect and analyze data for future research and development. Healthcare aside, IoT also has its applications in a variety of industries including manufacturing, transportation, energy management, agriculture, architecture and so much more.
While the benefits of IoT are innumerable, there are some risks and concerns that need to be kept in mind. The biggest issue with this technology is the security risks involved. As a general rule, any device that is connected to the internet is vulnerable to external threats such as cyberattacks, malicious software and so on. The lesson to be learned here is that every IoT connected device needs to be treated with care and needs to be protected just as well as any smartphone or personal computer.