In the last few years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has gained wide acceptance in the field of wireless networking. IoT has enabled modern networking and communication among people and things, not just that but communication among things as well. This adds a brand new dimension to the world of communication.
Invariably, the most impact IoT will have is on the life of the average individual. Smart homes, assisted living, smart phones, innumerable apps and sensor activated workplaces, are only but a few examples of how IoT is already playing a major role in our present lives. An average day of any consumer looks like this- she wakes up to her alarm that self-snoozes till it knows the exact time she wakes up. The thermostat in her house are ticked off as it senses her movements across the house. Her fitness app tracks the miles she ran today, and updates her on her fats burnt, steps taken, what she should eat and how much water she needs to drink. She uses her Google maps to locate the new coffee shop, (she has arrived here thanks to the promotional messages she received from them just yesterday). So on and so forth. IoT will have a wider acceptance ion industrial roles as well- automation, logistics, automated manufacturing and business management will all be a way of life in the industrial sector.
However, it still has its share of concerns.
Nagging concerns about IoT are security and data privacy. The transition from private networks to public clouds is increasing rapidly and raining serious security threats in the bargain. Network firewalls are capable of securing the regular internet traffic, but what about deeply embedded information? Is there any way to secure that? With the pace and complexity of the IoT today, it is natural to expect a viable solution to this issue very soon. But in the interim, organizations and individuals are constantly subject to password and cloud hacks, phishing and other such IT failures. With almost all data stored on interconnected devices, loss of data due can be a huge loss for organizations and individuals. This also goes to create an imbalance ion the IoT ecosystem. This makes new and existing users wary of the technology, thus not giving IoT the credibility that it deserves.
To make IoT more secure, security is crucial at both the network and the device level. Devices must be able to distinguish between secure data and threats. This requires security to be a prime factor among the IoT services and service providers that are employed.
Another concern is obtaining complete and seamless interoperability between the connected devices. Examples of smoothly functioning interconnected devices are widely expressed within the industry. How wearable devices can detect the onset of something like a cardiac arrest and save the patient’s health life just in time, how a car can communicate about an impending wheel burst or how wars can be prevented through smart spies. This is far from the current reality. Not all devices are in embedded in the IoT yet, there aren’t provisions for such unified communication between things and humans, or things and things. The current system can give way to a more sophisticated one with more smartness and automation.
The bottom line is that, the Internet of Things, though may be touted to the “thing” of the century, still has some major issues to address. Till these are overcome either completely or in some capacity, consumers and industries need not believe all prophesies that are made.