As technology progresses forward at lightning speed, it’s not uncommon to hear new buzzwords begin to be thrown around. In recent years, one acronym, IoT, has become very popular. Heard of IoT but not really sure what it stands for or what it means? Here is a comprehensive guide to what you need to know.

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What is IoT, anyway?

IoT stands for “Internet of Things”. Its principle is rooted in linking everyday objects to “smart” technology. Today, IoT is everywhere, many of the everyday objects you see and use are all part of the “Internet of Things”.

  • Televisions
  • Major appliances
  • Security systems
  • Smart thermostats
  • Cars
  • Coffee makers
  • Smoke detectors
  • Wearable devices
  • Door locks

The list of smart devices out on the market is too extensive but with the above small sample, you can see how diverse the items labeled under the term “IoT” really are. Yet, despite their different uses and purposes, they all have something in common – connectivity. All of these devices are able to send and receive data, allowing people to access and interact with them directly or through their computers, smartphones and other devices.

How is IoT used?

Ultimately, tech companies strive to make users feel as if these devices are naturally integrated into their everyday lives to provide a seamless experience. Goals include efficiency, comfort and convenience, to name a few. Some examples of ways IoT is used every day could be:

  • Monitoring your home security system from your phone
  • Controlling your home’s temperature through an app
  • FitBits tracking movement, calories, sleep, etc. and turning the data into useful feedback
  • Asking Alexa, Echo or other devices to give you information while your hands are busy

As tech moves forward, more and more everyday items are created or recreated to have a “smart” function. However, while there are numerous benefits when it comes to new technological developments, there can be a flip-side.

Complications of IoT

IoT has done much to transform the way we live in a positive fashion, but that doesn’t mean these changes have come without complications. Some of the major issues surrounding this growing concept of connectivity include standardization, security and privacy.

  • Standardization – Compatibility will have to be determined as more devices come to market, not unlike earlier tech pioneers did with telephones, electrical devices and computers. Or, there could be a standards war to see which ones win out.
  • Security – IoT actually does quite a lot to enhance security, but the nature of connectivity also brings up concerns about security risks.
  • Privacy – With higher levels of connectivity, this has raised issues with privacy advocates.

Society is working through the complications just like it has with previous pioneering technologies. IoT is only going to continue to become more integrated into society.  Business Insider offers a good example of how fast it’s growing when it discusses the growing popularity of “smart homes”.

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The smart home market will take off if IoT device prices come down and the general public comes to understand the benefits of these products. And from smart homes, the next logical step is smart cities, which would take the IoT to the next level.

Science fiction no longer is just in literature, due to the nature of IoT, it’s here in everyday life. Are you interested in learning more about the incredible ways smart technology can be used to secure your home? Monitored home security provides many benefits over non-monitored security technology. Call us today to learn more about what options Protect America can offer you.