As advancements are constantly being made in our interconnected world, it’s important to stop and consider what things may look like in the future.
Recently we wrote a blog on the Internet of Things applications in current use, so in this blog we take that one step further to ask: what is the future of the IoT?
What is the Internet of Things?
The Internet of Things refers to the interconnection of the devices we use, such as voice assistants and smartwatches. These devices are all connected to the internet in order to send and receive data, making a lot of other smart technological developments possible.
What does the future hold for the IoT?
At the moment smart technologies are mainly used by individuals or households, but this is likely to develop as cities start to adopt smart technology on a larger scale, using interconnected IoT devices.
Examples of applications are smart surveillance, city-wide free Wi-Fi, and monitoring of traffic, waste levels, parking availability and more.
Increased used of AI
Artificial intelligence is powered by the IoT and it is likely that its use will only increase. Smart devices in the home are constantly learning from our behaviours, and the collection of our data powers machine learning. This allows smart devices to better ‘learn’ our preferences and offer a more tailored service.
5G networks fuel IoT growth
5G networks are now being rolled out on a large scale and they promise greater speed and capacity for interconnected smart devices. Faster networks using 5G mean the IoT devices will be more accurate and effective in the future.
Smart cars and vehicles
The Internet of Things, powered by 5G technology, will also allow greater developments in smart automotives in the future. This will include the further development of driverless car technology, as well as cars which contain any smart features and are able to communicate with other IoT devices.
Widespread use of smart surveillance
Another future prediction for the IoT, which is related to the development of smart cities, is a more widespread use of facial recognition technology by governments.
In the UK, for example, the Metropolitan Police have already announced their intention to trial facial recognition technology on London streets. The hope is that this will help to identify criminals and/or vulnerable people more easily.
Routers to become more secure
The majority of IoT devices are present in our homes and cannot have security software installed, in the same way as you can on a laptop, for example. This means that home routers need to be increasingly secure so that the devices attached to that router remain protected.
Increase in security and privacy concerns
Alongside all of these exciting and fast-paced technological advancements powered by the Internet of Things, we are also likely to see an increase in security and privacy concerns.
It is important that these valid concerns are met with the introduction of proper regulations around smart devices and technology, and everything is done to make sure data collection is regulated and people are secure.
So, there you have an overview of what the future of the IoT could hold. Whatever happens with regards to the Internet of Things, it is likely that the electronic components used to create these IoT and smart devices will continue to be in extremely high demand!