At any given moment, there are billions of conversations going on all around you that you would never understand, even if you could hear them. This is not an insult but a reference to the conversations between devices connected through the Internet of Things (IoT).
Let’s tune you into the conversation. Read on and we’ll brief you on the basics of this increasingly complex system and tell you how to leverage it to boost productivity in your personal and professional life.
The ABCs of IoT
In 1999, when the average person was just growing comfortable with basic Internet, Executive Director of the Auto-ID Center, Kevin Ashton, had his eye on the future. In a presentation to Procter and Gamble, Ashton coined the phrase, “Internet of Things”. IoT for short, the term refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for Internet connectivity and the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices.
Fast forward to 2017 and Ashton’s vision is a reality—our devices are working together to improve all aspects of daily life. Can’t wait to escape the heat? Now you can turn on the air conditioner with the tap of an app and come home to the perfect temperature. Looking to lose a few pounds? Strap on a wearable fitness tracker and you can sync your calories burned with your calorie counting app.
IoT Applications For Your Business
The unprecedented convenience that IoT offers for personal use translates to unprecedented efficiency in the workplace.
Wouldn’t it be nice to hire a personal assistant that is at the office before you arrive, after you leave, and never takes a day off? Digital personal assistants like Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana are a great and cost-effective option for busy business owners and executive level employees. Free from human error and expectations, a digital assistant will be at your beck and call—literally! Smartphone synchronization allows your assistant to converse with your contacts and consult your calendar to keep you in touch and on task.
IoT technology makes for more knowledgeable human employees as well. The Internet allows business owners to effectively manage remote employees and the Internet of Things has refined it. A number of third- party companies offer online training courses that incorporate IoT to teach new hires valuable skills like UI/UX design.
With experts predicting that 200 billion devices will be in talks by 2020, now is the time to embrace IoT and enjoy a more productive personal and professional life. Want to stay updated on all the latest trends in tech? Check out our blog or contact us today! We’re your trusted ally in planning, implementing, and managing all aspects of your business technology.