Why the Internet of Things is Here to Stay

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Introducing the Official Communications Partner of our 2017 event – Onecom & Samsung UK we welcome OneCom’s Head of Mobile Sales Paul Lawther to tell us why the Internet of Things (IoT) is here to stay…

It is widely agreed that our smartphones are now just one of the many “connected” devices which people use in daily life.

Most of us have tablets and, as price points start to reduce, increasing number of consumers are investing in fitness trackers, smartwatches and a host of smart appliances that are used in either the home or workplace.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3800″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The term Internet of Things (IoT) has been doing the rounds for some time – in fact its origins can be traced to the early days of the personal computer and the internet.

The realisation of that idea is still at a relatively early stage but it seems we are now well on the road towards a world built around a connect hub of devices and ‘things’.

The idea is that we will be empowered to turn on the home heating from our phones, take a journey in an autonomous vehicle, clothing pegs will alert us to bring in the washing so it doesn’t get wet and we will eliminate the need for remote controls through smart voice recognition.

Some are referring to the new connected world as industry 4.0 (4th Industrial Revolution) which is defined as the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.

It includes cyber-physical systems, the internet of things and cloud computing. Regardless of the various terminologies, the structural framework for this next in technology and business is in essence the same.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3799″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Ten years ago, the Internet of Things would not have been possible.

The idea of gadgets and appliances fitted with chip technology and sensors that are capable of communicating online is one the world is still getting its head around. As concepts go, history has taught us that the “boffins” that come up with the innovations often have a much better idea of how to use them initially than the actual people they have been designed to help.

By 2020, we could have around 50 billion devices connected to the internet and it’s the business community that will ultimately get the benefits. 

As with any new technology advancement, there is currently a general feeling of optimism towards IoT. There has been significant expansion to IoT into healthcare, notably domiciliary care as the Internet of Things can be used to amplify patient treatment through remote monitoring and communication, and provides a digital footprint of patients as they move through a healthcare facility.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3796″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Image source: Forbes.com

Onecom, as a unified communications provider, has seen first-hand that IoT has become a vibrant part of the IT and business world, with firms across the UK including Northern Ireland already reaping big benefits.

Connected devices and eco-systems are delivering enhanced automation, increased convince and in some conditions, exceptional efficiency gains.

The IoT is also delivering better and more cost effective products and services, along with improved safety and enhanced human knowledge. For instance, when manufacturers provide sensors to basic items such as food packs or household appliances it is instantly possible to identify defects and issues and withdraw items quickly and effortlessly.


Find out more about the Internet of Things, connectivity and devices at Digital DNA 2017 coming this June 6-7 to St George’s Market Belfast. Get your pass now!


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