The Internet of Things – IoT and what it means for the future?
What is IoT?
The Internet of Things (Iot) has no single definition, however it generally refers to the ability of network connectivity and computing capability to be extended to objects, sensors and everyday items that are not considered computers. This will allow these devices to generate, exchange and consume data with minimal human intervention. However with the introduction of new technology in the market, such as a system on a chip (SoC), companies are likely to soon be switching their focus and switching chips to enable the production of IoT devices. There are various ways that the Internet of Things can be implemented, with connectivity methods including Device-to-Device, Device-to-Cloud, Device-to-Gateway, and Back-End Data-Sharing. IoT devices are likely to be flexible and will provide significant value to the user..
In the event that the Internet of Things becomes a reality in the future, many considerations would need to be taken about the implications of creating a world where interacting with the internet would come from an active engagement with content, as opposed to a passive engagement with connected objects.
Concerns regarding security have always been a prime consideration when dealing with information technology, however the implementation of the IoT presents a set of unique security challenges. Furthermore, with an interconnected web of devices being used to make up the Internet of Things, one poorly secured device can affect the security and resilience of the internet globally.
In order to gain trust and confidence in the Internet of Things, connected devices and related services, users will expect their privacy to be properly respected. Increased interconnectivity between devices amplifies concerns about the potential for increased surveillance and tracking, difficulty in being able to opt out of certain data collection, and the strength of aggregating IoT data streams to paint detailed digital portraits of users.
The use of IoT devices raises many new regulatory and legal questions as well as amplifies existing legal issues around the Internet such as misuse of data and conflict between surveillance and privacy.
Final note on IoT
Despite these issues and challenges that must be taken into consideration, the Internet of Things will be revolutionary in its creation of a fully connected ‘smart’ world, and it will arrive sooner than you would have thought. Marvell is an industry leader of storage, network infrastructure, and wireless connectivity solutions, who has already made huge strides towards turning the Internet of Things into a reality with their EZ-connect Platform. Find out more about Marvell and the EZ-connect Platform as well as their hard drive SoC’s.