The Evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT)

July 11th, 2019
The Evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT)

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Picture this: You are on your way to the airport, ready for your business trip, when you realize you forgot to turn down your air-conditioning at home. Luckily, there’s no need to stress. You take out your phone, and with a click of a button, you set the thermostat to 20 degrees.

This one has probably happened to more than a few of you: your son or daughter arrives home from school and realizes they forgot their house key. What do you do? Nowadays, you can just grab your phone and unlock the front door. Simple as that.

Or what if you are away on vacation and want to check in with your teenager to make sure they aren’t throwing a wild party? Easy. Just open the webcam app on your smartphone and you can see what is going on in your living room from the light bulb in your celling.

Ten years ago, all of these ideas sounded unbelievable, but things have changed. These technologies all exist today! This is the evolution of the IoT.

The Internet of Things was originally designed to connect stand alone devices to the internet. The purpose of these devices is to leverage the technologies we already have in place, to control things that are ordinarily not considered high-tech devices. IoT devices include fridges, televisions, thermostats, door locks, cars, camera systems, baby monitors, music systems, printers, security systems, and so on.

The future holds even greater promise! Some staggeringly innovative IoT products will be released over the next few years. Some include:

  • Facial Recognition Door Lock
  • Smart Diapers
  • Smart Wallet
  • Self-driving cars
  • Intelligent Toilets
  • Smart Alarm Clocks
  • Connected Mirrors
  • Ingestible Sensors

The use of these internet connected devices will become more and more common, as they offer a variety of benefits. However, like all good things, there are drawbacks. The biggest drawback to IoT devices is your security and privacy.

Having multiple interconnected devices can make you more susceptible to a security disaster. If one device is compromised, then your entire network is exposed – allowing a cyber criminal to gain access to your most critical systems. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you are protected and secure. Call us now at (416) 966-3306 to conduct a Network Assessment. During this assessment we will evaluate your security risks and vulnerabilities and determine how to best close those security gaps. Call us NOW - before it’s too late.