What Is The Internet Of Things (IoT) And Where Is It Heading? Our world is becoming increasingly connected. The number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices across the globe now outnumbers the entire world’s population* – and the market is showing no sign of slowing down.
Wait – What Exactly Is The “Internet Of Things”?
When we talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), we’re speaking about physical devices, like home appliances, cars or gadgets which are embedded with electronics and software.
In other words, IoT devices are inanimate devices which are able to exchange information and communicate with the consumer through the internet.
For example, the V by Vodafone GPS pet tracker, Kippy Vita ˢ ** is an IoT device that is connected to the internet to allow you to track your pet’s location at all times, even if you’re not close by. The device also allows you to monitor your pet’s health and activity throughout the day, so that you can rest assured that they are being as healthy and happy as possible.
So Why Should We Care About The IoT – And Where Is It Heading?
You may not even have heard of the Internet of Things before reading this article, but IoT is already changing the face of human activity and the way we live.
“There are already 10 billion IoT-enabled devices worldwide”, says Glenn Drawbridge, Product Manager at V by Vodafone, “And it’s estimated that by 2020, more than 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet***.”
IoT already plays a major role in home automation, and many people are now of the view that snagging a “smart home” is a very smart move: alarm clocks synced with coffee machines; thermostats that allow you to remotely control your home’s heating and hot water; voice controlled lights that allow you to check if you’ve left any on while you’re lying in bed… What people may not realise however, is that IoT is actually working outside of a household level too.
Glenn Drawbridge explains, “On a larger scale, IoT is used to connect cities and entire transportation systems.”
IoT-enabled devices are already helping us reduce air pollution in some of the biggest cities in the world, grow our food and transform our agricultural efficiency, and help pathology experts detect and control infectious disease outbreaks.
So while we’re not yet at the point where our household items are completing our chores – the IoT phenomenon has already begun to affect what we do, when we do it, and how we do it. Even if you hadn’t realised!
And we believe that smart technology is going to continue to change our world for the better, from the way we manage our health (a new IoT-connected bra may help detect breast cancer), to reducing everyday worries surrounding our kids and pets through GPS tracking, and even helping fight climate change.
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** Kippy VitaS from V by Vodafone is a GPS tracking device that connects straight to the Vodafone network and is accessible via a smartphone app (iOS and Android versions, for Vodafone and non-Vodafone customers also). For full functionality: a 30-day V-SIM plan, Vodafone network coverage and GPS signal are required. A one-time purchase fee of £55 applies and the subscription is just £4/month. Your 30-day plan provides access to the Kippy app and service. If you cancel or suspend your plan you will no longer be able to access the Kippy app or service. Full terms and details at https://shop.v.vodafone.com.