IoT devices: fast facts
Internet of Things devices mean connected household appliances, electronic devices, and more complex systems controlled via the single smart center. Cars, kitchen appliances, as well as lighting, climate, heating, and conditioning systems: it is just a partial list of devices that can be connected to the Internet of Things.
Experts believe that the amount of smart things will grow year by year. Cisco, a US-based company producing networking equipment, predicts that the world will have about 50 billion connected devices by 2020.
What are IoT devices?
The Internet of Things (IoT) includes several terms: devices connected to the Web; an autonomous way of M2M connection (machine-to-machine without any living being); Big Data generated by smart devices, which should be analyzed and systematized afterward.
Application of IoT devices
IoT devices are not only household appliances, for instance, a smart refrigerator able to order goods on its own or a coffee machine that cooks coffee on schedule. They can also refer to field sensors, urban transport drones, or single systems for monitoring city living. The application area of Internet devices is so wide that it is difficult to grasp it. But we can try.
Smart things are used in any sector where some processes can be automated or where there is the need for monitoring object or equipment operations, for example, at manufacturing sites or farms. They can also be applied to collect and analyze data. The most popular application areas of the Internet of Things are:
- production of household appliances and equipment for smart home systems;
- Smart City maintenance (construction of smart cities and their components);
- rural sector;
- security systems;
- production of unmanned vehicles.
According to specialists, Internet devices will be everywhere soon. However, it will be impossible to equip your home with such devices because of the absence of common standards and intelligent device connection technologies. They can be designed for the US market, but these devices will be incompatible with Ukrainian and Russian sockets.