Isn’t it nice that your electronic devices work according to you and that too without your assistance? Of course it’s nice and IoT or Internet of Things allows them to do so. Imagine how helpful it would be if your gadget does your work perfectly when you’re in hurry and have no time to do that work.
IoT or internet of things is the debut of a new era in technical world. It is an environment where objects, people or even animals are given unique identifiers – a numeric or alphanumeric string associated with a single entity and an ability to make data transactions over network with no requirement of human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. In simple words, IoT can also be called as Internet of Everything.
In the Internet of Things environment, it could be anything like an animal with biochip transponder (an injectable electronic device which can be injected under the skin of an animal to provide that animal a unique identification number), a person with heart monitor implant, an automobile with inbuilt sensors or any other man-made or natural object with an assigned IP address to transfer data over network. However, Internet of Things is mostly associated with M2M (machine-to-machine) communication. For unawares, machine-to-machine communication is a technology that enables connected devices to exchange data or perform actions without manual assistance.
Don’t think that M2M is a new concept. Several companies have been using different sensors with embedded technologies for years to improve service or reduce cost. Usage of M2M are generally found in the companies with transportation business where M2M tracks our packages. It could also be found in smart buildings to conserve energy, or at manufacturers that use M2M appliances to control/ensure product quality.
Talking about M2M implementations, the idea to connect objects with internet and then operate them remotely was first discussed in 1982. Since then, it has evolved rapidly. M2M technology is being accelerated at a rapid pace, thanks to the broader networking range, affordable access to high-speed mobile networks and advancements in sensors. All these things give companies an ability to make internet connected objects more intelligent, blending the digital world of ideas and information with the physical world through shared networks over ubiquitary internet.
The Internet of Things is changing the business world, giving opportunities for new sources of revenue and smarter interaction with customers. But as people say if there is benefit, there would be new challenge too; IoT has created a set of new challenges. For example, how would you ensure that the connection of intelligent devices to your enterprise via ubiquitary internet is secure? How would you capture data at the “point of action,” or analyze the huge volumes of machine-generated data in real time? At this point, SAP Data Management portfolio and the IoT solution from SAP are there to help you out.
Talking about the impact of IoT in our day-to-day lives, following examples can give you a glimpse of a better life:
- Imagine, in the morning, you woke up by dismissing your alarm, immediately the alarm sends signal to coffee maker saying that you’re awake and want some coffee ready. Meanwhile it also informs the water heater to warm up some water. When you’re done with shower, the shower informs the toaster to toast some bread.
- Imagine if your fridge is able to analyze the objects placed inside it and then make a list of objects to buy, considering your previous food-buying habits. Or it sends a message to you when you’re walking down to supermarket to inform that it ran out of something (e.g. milk). Then your shopping trolley vibrates and displays a message on its screen placed at the top of it: ‘You have used all of milk. Do you want to purchase?’
- Another item in the list is smart toothbrush. It already exists however, in early stage. Currently, it can detect if you haven’t brushed some areas of your mouth properly. With IoT, smart toothbrush would go one step further. It would detect the healthiness of teeth and then accordingly inform the user when he/she should go to the dentist.
Furthermore, the IoT environment is beneficial for entire world. People nowadays don’t get time even for their family. In such scenario, the IoT environment will enable their electronics devices to work automatically without human assistance; saving humans’ time.