Nine things you need to know about the Internet of Things

How will machine to machine comms across the cloud work? Here's what you should know

5. Network traffic is a nightmare

However, the level of data these endpoints collect is mind-blowing and it is becoming increasingly costly and inefficient to stream all this information to the cloud or to a data centre for management, analysis and decision making.

Sending all this data to a centralised cloud or storage facility can be unnecessary and clog up the bandwidth, cause latency issues which slow your operation down and in some cases, there can be server performance implications, particularly in remote locations with poor network connectivity.

This is has seen the rise in Edge Computing, which is a sort of data triage that operates closer to where endpoints collect data and process it in real time. According to research from Gartner, enterprise generated data created and processed outside of a traditional centralised data centre or cloud will increase from the less than 10%, being generated today, to 75% by 2022.

6. The IoT is vital for AI

Artificial intelligence could one day replace humans in the workplace, either positively by helping to do our tasks, or negatively by doing them without involving us, which is a hot topic of debate. By using data that is inputted into a system and then injecting a code to help the computers make intelligent decisions based on the possible outcomes.

Although AI is said to be a gimmick by some critics, it has the potential to be highly useful in many different sectors, such as healthcare and legal services where the process of data can be sped up far beyond human capabilities and utilised more efficiently.

With multiple IoT devices able to harvest such large quantities of data it is accelerating AI research and helping to implement it in industries across the world.

7. The IoT will transform our cities

By far the most compelling application of IoT can be found within the industry where AI is revolutionising the way we do business. Smart cities are helping to cut down on waste and energy consumption, while manufacturers are now able to use connected machines that automate repair call outs. Connected sensors are now even being used in farming, where they help to monitor crop and cattle yields and predict growth patterns.

8. What lies ahead

Despite its wide implementation, we are at the begin of the IoT revolution and it will be some time before we really understand its effect on our lives and the economy. For it to really take off, we need the rest of the technology world to catch up. Management tools, bespoke IoT operating systems and communication standards all still need to be properly developed and with the expansion of internet-connected devices, we are opening up more opportunities for hackers. It's safe to say the IoT is going to change everything.

9. There’s nothing to worry about 

The benefits of the IoT far outweigh the security risks and we are already seeing its positive impact in the business world and everyday life.

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