The technological world we all have been dreaming about, and let’s face it, somewhat dreading as well is finally here. And what by now should come as a surprise to us, it is full of IoT connected devices. Per recent statistics, there are 26.66 billion IoT devices around the globe at the moment. And the number will only increase — 30 billion by 2025 and 75 billion by 2025 is what we are promised at the moment.
But the biggest surprise comes not from these numbers but from the fact that compared to the full potential of Internet of Things these are peanuts. Only 0,06 % of devices that could be connected, actually are at the moment. This leaves us thinking and hoping and the future of IoT has not fully unveiled at the moment and there’s more to come.
So let’s look how IoT will impact our lives in some of its major areas like home, work, transportation or living in our cities:
Perhaps, one of the most promising applications of IoT. In the following years, the amount of IoT devices we will be sharing a living space with will only grow. To them point when these devices will get so intelligent that will be able to run and manage our homes for us.
And how will the smart home look? Pretty clear, actually. It will be built on the hierarchy of devices. The devices will fall into two subcategories: service bots (the ones that will take on more serious tasks and will have a set of functions) and niche bots (these will be capable of a single task, like vacuuming the home). And all of these IoT devices will be governed by the central platform, the “brain”, if you may.
The human residents of this ideal home will mainly be interacting with the central platform. So the main task for the developers here is to create logical and intuitive interface. This won’t come as a surprise that the main market players here are Apple, Amazon, Google and Samsung. As for the other bots, they will be developed much like apps — to be able to run on both iOS and Android.
Traffic congestion, parking problems, pollution and lack of any green spaces. These are all the issues we are facing in our cities daily. Now imagine living in the cities that are designed to fight these problems, and even more — building smart economy and government, improving resident safety, reducing environmental impact and energy usage.
The smart cities trends in currently happening most in Europe, where nearly half of the ongoing projects are being developed. But the popularity of smart cities keeps growing and 66% of US cities are either willing or investing in the technologies.
Artificial intelligence and advanced analytics can turn your work into a dream workplace. Imagine an office where smart devices will set the right AC temperature or will help you not only book the meeting room everyone will like but customize it according to your preferences (setting the right temperature, lighting etc.). Who would want to quit?
Smart offices will transform our daily operation into more efficient ones, save some energy and other resources, and even increase our productivity.
So what’s holding these ideal work places back? The main struggle is communication between all these smart devices, data sharing, and what’s probably is the biggest issue today — security.
But there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Cisco is already and early adopter of smart office and controls some of its core functions with the help of IoT
In 2020 smart cars are planned to enter mass production. Google is already keeping itself busy by testing autonomous driving, while the new Tesla is already capable of driving on both the open roads and in traffic.
Driverless cars can prevent around 85% head-on collisions and also help with the traffic. The future of IoT has a vast possibility of unfolding in the automotive industry. The question is, are we ready to share the roads with self-driving cars? 54 % of US drivers don’t feel safe sharing the road with driverless cars. Moreover, 78% of Americans are afraid of riding in a self-driving car.
As we can see, the future of IoT development has numerous ways to unfold. The only big dark could on our road to happy and careless living is the issue of communication and connectivity between devices. But if manufactures manage to solve it, our lives are bound to become more interesting and smarter!
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