IOT: What is the Internet of Things?

What is the internet of things? Also known as IOT refers to the billions of smart devices around the world now connected with the net, all collecting and sharing data. We can attribute this to the super-computer chips and ubiquity created through wireless networks that allow for almost anything in size, from something as small as a button to as big as an airplane, into a worldwide network. When you connect all these different objects while adding sensors to them, you add a level of intelligence to these inanimate objects that will now be able to interact with real-time data without needing a human. Through this new dimension, smart technology is building the foundation of a smarter and more responsive tomorrow as we merge both the digital and physical worlds.

Info about IoT

The idea behind attaching sensors and intelligence to basic objects was discussed throughout the 1980s and 1990s, aside from earlier projects, development was slow as the technology was not ready for its debut because chips at that time were still too bulky for any object to be able to communicate effectively. When computers and digital alternatives were on the rise, processors were initially cheap and power-inefficient but would later develop to something that was way more cost-effective to connect up to billions of smart devices. RFID tags are low-power chips that can communicate wirelessly, which solved part of the issue, along with increasing availability of cyberspace and wireless networking. Then came the adoption of IPv6 which would provide enough IP addresses for every device the world will ever need and was a needed step for this world to grow.

It wasn’t until 1999 that Kevin Ashton coined the famous phrase, although it took at least another decade for the technology to actually come to life true to its vision. Ashton defines wireless-connecting technology as “Information technology that can gather its own information. Often what it does with that information is not tell a human being something, it [just] does something.” RFIDs were one of the first innovations that revolutionized the concept of it as expensive equipment was first used to help track the location of any object. Although it began as an expensive device, soon adding sensors and a connection to cyberspace would reduce the cost to as little as 10 cents as these items became part of basic, everyday functionalities rather than luxuries. This smart technology has always taken a niche into business and manufacturing, where its application would be from machine-to-machine, however as it expanded, the emphasis grew to be applied to any location with smart devices, making it relevant to almost anyone. Many suggested early in the stages of its development far-out range internet-connected devices such as ubiquitous computing, which today has proven to be successful as more and more smart homes appear, smart security, smart cars, and many more.

Despite this world built from cyberspace having a prolonged history of development, its growth has only shown us its potential as Tech Analyst company IDC predicts that there will be 41.6 billion connected IoT devices by 2025. Knowing that its future stems past just business needs, automotive and industrial equipment, represents one of the largest opportunities of connected “things” along with a high adoption curve of current smart home and wearable devices. Another tech analyst from Gartner, IT service management company, predicted that the enterprise and automotive industries will make up for 5.8 billion devices in 2019. With utilities being the highest user, thanks to the continuing rollout of smart meters. Security devices, like webcams and detection systems as the second-largest sector. Automation is the fastest growing sector, like smart lightning, followed by automotive and healthcare.

So let’s get ready for the fourth industrial revolution, the Industrial Internet of Things, to drive the future of tomorrow, however, this is where we dream of larger ideas using big data, AI and analytics to measure and optimize normal industrial processes.

Internet of Things Devices

Back to the basics though, to get a quick refresher on what is considered a device that has wireless capability connections, it basically is anything that has a sensor attached to it and transmits data from one smart device to another with the help of  the worldwide network. These devices include wireless sensors, software, actuators, and computer devices. They are often attached to a particular object that works through the use of cyberspace as that often facilitates data transfer among objects without humans as the middleman. For example, objects that are part of a wireless network are everywhere you go from fit bits tracking all your health-related statistics, to Google Homes whom you often communicate with to do tasks for you and even smart cars that warn the driver when there is traffic ahead which sends out messages to people they are scheduled to meet about the delay. I mean if we’re talking about examples, internet-connected devices such as a Coke machine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that was the first smart device as it could report its content through a network. Developed from a computer-science graduate student, as necessity is always the mother of invention, he developed this soda machine that would track inventory as well as when new drinks were cold.

In terms of Blue, this high-tech has always been part of our vision to help connect smart devices with any “smart” entity. The future of Blue with smart wearables begins as we acknowledge the growing industry of wearable tech and its powerful impact in society. As a company that uses tech for social good, smart wearables are part of our vision as we look to provide a line of wearable tech  that will allow you to share your socials. We recognize that technology is built around our daily lives, whether we are asking Siri to set a reminder, or track our steps for the day through our smartwatches, or let our smart vacuum do the cleaning for the day, these are all ways in which we can connect with smart devices anywhere

But, farther from smart wearables, our Blue Social App besides connecting people with a simple tap, our goal is to connect people with public entities. The Blue Social App allows you to link all your information in both the app and the Blue Smart Card. Through this less tangible version of a business card, you are able to still share your Blue profile, a compilation of all your professional information, to share with anyone in a number of ways, including the Blue Smart Card, QR codes found on the app, airdrop, or text message. All while making it convenient for you to network anytime without any fear that you may have run out of business cards or even have forgotten your Blue Smart Card at home. 

Although it is not the only “smart card”, it remains recognized as one of the best in the market due to its versatility for any professional no matter the industry. Many business entrepreneurs today use social media networks to create portfolios for their products and or services making both the app and smart card easily accessible while effectively collecting leads that will take your business to the next level. Not only can you add all of your information through the app in order for it to be linked to your Blue Smart Card, but it also provides real-time analytics that allows you to see its impact. All while collecting data that is locally stored in your phone for security reasons, emphasizing the idea of transferrin ta through the worldwide network use. By revolutionizing the tech industry, we have provided a new way to network – reinventing the name tag that can easily introduce you to the world.