Internet of Things

The ‘Internet of Things’ Explained

The conversation around ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’ is growing as it starts to creep its way into our businesses and homes… but do you know what it means? Or are you that person whose eyes glaze over when IoT is mentioned faster than Alexa can find a hit song by Rihanna?

Smile IT Have the Internet of Things Answers!

Basically, the Internet of things is an extension of the internet into physical devices. These devices rely on the internet and their connectivity to other devices in order to function. Examples are all around us, from smart watches, mobiles, fridges to components of machines, such as a tool on a factory assembly line or an airplane jet engine.

It’s a broad term with many sub genres, of which the most likely to affect you is ‘Home Automation’.

What is Home Automation?

Home Automation has led to the rise of what is known as ‘Smart Homes’. A central hub controls the lighting, air-conditioning, music speakers and any other connected appliances in a home. It could even control your coffee machine in the morning. Home Automation use principles of IoT to give you this access and control.

How Much Does Home Automation Cost?

As the tech becomes more commonplace, Home Automation is getting cheaper. It depends on the extent to which a home is automated – complex surveillance and security systems will cost more than simple functions like connecting a tv or sounds system. Novices can easily use inexpensive hubs like the Amazon Echo to configure their automation, and DIY kits like Arduino and Raspberry PI are also available.

How will IoT benefit my business?

There are endless possibilities for implementing IoT into your company, depending on what your business function is. Transport industry operatives can use sensors to geotrack goods and trucks. The temperature of storage facilities can be monitored and regulated in warehouse and cold storage environments. Retailers can utilise automatic inventory restocking alerts. Online companies can use IoT to analyse on-web behaviour of their customers. The list goes on!

If you need help understanding the Internet of Things, or need advice on implementing it into your business, get in touch with the Smile IT team!