Understand the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term that has been gaining notoriety online and in everyday conversations. It is interesting that you understand the concept of the Internet of Things if it is already part of your daily life and you need to deal with it better or if, perhaps, it becomes part of your routine.

Its understanding and its impact on modern society, however, still yield in-depth discussions about what the consequences will be in the near future. Will we be dependent on the Internet of Things? Will it constantly evolve? Will all areas be widely covered?

We have organized this material so that you have a better understanding of the subject. Have a good read.

The Internet of Things concept

British researcher Kevin Ashton coined the term in a 1999 article. Since then, this model of technology has stirred people’s imagination and instigated thought about its potential uses.

Internet of Things basically means the connection of various electronic objects to the internet and, from this cloud connection, it is possible for each “thing” to perform its functions independently.

The advancement of technology around the world has contributed to the Internet of Things being present in our daily lives, from common to the most complex activities. This transformation also translates at home and at work.

The Internet of Things with practical examples

Now that we’ve established the concept, let’s highlight some examples of the Internet of Things: smart homes, multitasking accessories, independent cars, in healthcare and also in industry. Do you already have contact with any of these cases?

– Smart homes: these are homes that have locks, lighting, refrigerators, thermostats, televisions, computers, virtual assistants and other devices that can be controlled by commands.

– Multitasking accessories: here, the examples are those that can be placed on the body and that deliver a pleasant experience. Smartwatches and wireless headphones are very common in everyday life, as they talk to our smartphones.

– Independent cars: vehicles that work autonomously, exchanging information between smartphones and with GPS. From the established connection, the car can go to the desired route in the best available path with total agility.

– Health area: medicine has advanced in terms of technologies, such as continuous monitoring and personalized treatments thanks to electronic devices that communicate. With them, you can have a complete picture of the patient’s clinical condition and offer accurate treatments.

– In the industry: the Internet of Things also presents improvements in the industry and impacts several jobs. Sometimes, the implementation of new technologies is a necessity for the company, considering the evolution of processes (industrial automation) and saving resources. The production line benefits from more practical and safer machine monitoring, optimizing results.

The technology involved in the Internet of Things

Devices that are connected to the Internet of Things establish their connections with what is available in technology: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G and 5G. However, just as all technology improves and evolves considerably, the Internet of Things also develops and expands with what is new in the area.

The devices use the concept known as Machine Learning, or Machine Learning. With this, the devices are able to have an understanding of the information to which they have access, which facilitates the performance in all functions.

Another detail is that Internet of Things objects use Natural Language Processing (NLP) to recognize people’s commands more easily. From text to voice they can be interpreted and obeyed to perform the task the user wants.

Finally, 5G is coming to Brazil and will revolutionize the speed and stability of connections, something very important for the Internet of Things. This technology will allow more resources to be explored by objects, which will respond to stimuli much more quickly and efficiently. The possibilities are many.

Internet of Things and security care

A technology with security is paramount in all aspects. As the Internet of Things makes use of connections so that everything works on a network, extra attention is needed so that nothing escapes normality.

One danger that permeates all Internet of Things cases is malicious hacking. After all, all information is valuable and exposure is of no interest to anyone, right?

In a smart home that has the devices mentioned above and with surveillance cameras installed it can still, unfortunately, be hit by hackers and privacy will be lost. Everything done inside the house can be recorded by the invaders and used in inappropriate ways.

We also warn that, although your accessories and applications are allies in daily activities, they are susceptible to danger. For example, as a smart watch is often connected to the cell phone, it becomes a gateway to access your confidential information. Just one carelessness for them to invade your bank details, emails, phone conversations and the like.

But no stress, there are extremely effective solutions to avoid these dangers. So read carefully:

– The ideal is always to invest in security and surveillance solutions for the physical world;

– For the virtual world, it is essential to use a reliable antivirus;

– Keep all systems and applications up to date;

– Never, under any circumstances, click on any suspicious link.

These tips will save you from serious problems and headaches, having to contact the authorities and wait for the resolution to develop. In addition, these measures make your life and that of people around you safer. So follow our recommendations and prevent yourself.

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