The IoT and What to Look Out For
A smart device is any device (usually electronic) which can be connected to a computer network or the internet. It has to ability to perform functions on its own (with little or no human assistance). It also makes use of sensors to collect information from its physical environment and communicates the information to other smart devices through the internet using an IP (Internet Protocol) address.
The IP address refers to a unique set of numbers with which a smart device that uses the internet protocol to communicate through the internet can be identified. The IoT may use wired or wireless connections. Examples of smart devices are smartphones, smartwatches, smart cars, smart locks, smart speakers, etc.
Smart devices are the centre of the internet of things (IoT). The internet of things is formed when a smart device is connected to the internet. The IoT can be applied in various fields, such as business, banking, homes, personal use, human resource management, factories, etc. The type of IoT applied in factory settings is known as Industrial IoT.
Industrial IoT also refers to the extension of the IoT technology to industrial application. It is enabled by technologies like machine-to-machine, cloud computing, cybersecurity, 3D printing, edge computing, advanced robotics, etc.
Benefits derived from the use of industrial IoT include an increase in productivity of the factory, transformation of the workplace, less stress for workers, maximum use of time, etc.
What to Look Out For
The Advent of IoT has made things a lot easier. However, it has its cons. Cybercrimes have been on the increase since the use of IoT. Systems can be monitored or spied on; in extreme cases, they can be hacked, leading to loss of information and privacy.
Hence, industries that make use of the IoT should take adequate measures to ensure tight security.