The Future Predictions About IoT Only a Handful of People Know
Check out some of the predictions about IoT that you will see come true in the upcoming years in terms of smart cities, IoT for hackers, and more.
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The landscape of the internet is growing rapidly. Now, computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets are not the only things of interest. A multitude of Internet-connected devices are being introduced. All devices are now smart.
The crazy future that science fiction stories promised us is quite near.
The Internet of Things is the umbrella term for many internet-connected objects. Many online and offline mobile apps are making our work easier.
Following are some of the predictions about IoT that you will see come true in the upcoming years. This article focuses on some of the predictions about IoT that will soon come true. Some main points explained in this article are:
- Connected devices
- IoT for hackers
- Smart cities
- Secured routers
- Usage of smart products
- App-specific device ecosystems
- IoT for businesses
- Some awesome inventions
1. Connected Devices
It is estimated that by 2020, the number of connected devices will increase at a much more rapid rate.
2. IoT for Hackers
In October 2016, the very first IoT malware was introduced.
- It is a strain of malware that has the ability to infect connected devices.
- This malware can easily access the devices using their default login (username and password).
- Then, it turns those devices into a botnet that is then used for DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks.
- This attack brought many internet service websites to a screeching halt for hours. Many big hosting companies were also flooded in this attack.
- The code of this malware is available as open source for modification.
- As a result, some time of this attack, a modified version of this code was introduced that infected many other connected devices.
Sadly, it is predicted that hackers will keep using IoT for DDoS in the future, too.
3. Smart Cities
Right now, consumers are using IoT. But in the future, IoT will not be limited to only consumers.
- Different companies and also cities will try to become efficient by adopting the sort technologies.
- This will prove to be cost- and time-effective, too.
- Using such technologies in cities would make it easier for cities to manage and collect data remotely.
- It will also be easier to automate different processes.
4. Secured Routers
- Many such devices remain inside our home and thus, it is quite difficult to install any security software on them.
- Marketers are neglecting the security of the IoT products a bit. Here, a home router can play a significant role.
- They are considered the entry point of the internet in your home. They can protect the entrance to the internet.
- Today, routers do not have any security software installed on them. This means that the hackers can easily sneak malware through them.
- In the future, it is predicted that many secure routers will be made available for people to protect the internet from the entry point, too.
Some of the features that such routers will have are:
- Data encryption
- Secure DNS
- Automatic security updates
5. Usage of Smart Products
IoT has now expanded its reach into the home, business, and environment. More and more devices are now being connected to share data and for real-time communication.
From the consumer's point-of-view, following are some of the benefits of using smart products:
- Increased energy efficiency
- Improved safety
- Improved security
- Higher-quality product
6. App-Specific Device Ecosystems
A model is put forward to create a semi-closed device vendor ecosystem for applications. The benefit of such a system is that with these services, it is possible for a multi-vendor ecosystem to certify different brands by their IoT gateways.
The real issue is that most comprehensive device management is provided by IoT application vendors these days — which means that all the components are bound together by a single vendor to work.
For example, a smart briefcase tag device will work only with the vendor's briefcase tracking application but it is impossible to make it work with any other vendor's briefcase tracking application.
Thus, if you desire to switch to some other vendor, then you will have to buy a new tag to work with that vendor application. But with this solution, consumers can buy devices from different vendors and quickly make them work with an application.
Thus, the IoT industry needs open device management standardization. Such efforts are already being made and will start to come to life shortly. In this way, IoT consumers will surely achieve a new maturity level, and they will then not fear losing their hardware investments.
7. IoT for Businesses
The business intelligence sector has been analyzing IoT growth for some years. It is predicted that almost $t6 trillion will be spent on IoT solutions in the coming five years.
Business will adopt IoT solutions at a bit of a faster rate than other sectors. The benefits they will get by following such strategies are:
- Increase in productivity
- lowering the costs of operations
The government will also take a keen interest in such solutions to improve the quality of life of their people. They are believed to be the second-largest adopter of such solutions.
Consumers will also invest their money in the IoT ecosystems.
8. Some Awesome Inventions
Multi-application gas sensors are being developed that can detect biochemical threats and are able to recognize different diseases just by analyzing your breath.
Such sensors are driving other new trends in technology.
Decrease in Air Pollution by Technology
Tired of the smog and air pollution these days?
Well, it may soon be a thing of the past. Soon, the situation will be a bit different.
- There will be a spotlight with embedded video sensors that will be able to adjust the green and the red lights according to the traffic and the time.
- This solution will reduce congestion and smog, too.
Intelligent Parking System
The vehicles that we see idle at a red light in traffic burn up almost 17% of fuel consumption.
- The parking system will also be a bit different from what it is right now.
- Sensors embedded in parking systems will give real-time information about the empty spots through an app.
- In this way, drivers will be informed about those empty spots by the app.
Do you know that almost 30% of congestion is due to drivers who keep carving the streets for hours in search an empty spot to park their vehicles?
To learn more about the congestion and the selfish driving, read here.
Technology will change the way we live completely. All the work will be machine-based. Sensors will be controlling complex tasks and providing real-time data for analysis.
The use of sensors for data analytics can be quite beneficial in decision-making, too.
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