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The internet of things – IoT

The internet of things - IoT

The Internet of Things – IOT: how the Internet of Things transformed my daily life

The Internet of Things  – IoT wasn’t always on my radar. It seemed like something out of a science fiction movie, a world filled with talking toasters and self-driving cars. But as I started exploring this connected world, I realized it wasn’t just about gimmicks. It was about convenience, efficiency, and even a touch of fun. I still get a kick out of ordering things in my house to do stuff when someone new visits.

Being a Yorkshire woman, I can assure you that I have never had a similar experience. One of the great things is that all my devices understand me perfectly. Which is more than can be said about my partner 🙂

Embracing convenience: my first steps into the connected world

It all began with a simple smart speaker. Tired of fumbling for my phone in the mornings, I decided to give voice commands a try. Setting the alarm, checking the weather, and playing my favourite news channel – all hands-free! It might seem small, but it was a glimpse into the increased convenience IoT could offer.

Boosting efficiency: from thermostat battles to smart solutions

Next came the smart thermostat. No more battling my husband over the temperature. We set our preferences, and the thermostat adjusted automatically, saving energy and eliminating those endless thermostat wars. This experience highlighted the potential for efficiency that IoT holds, both in terms of resources and time.

Adding a touch of fun: personalizing my home with smart lighting

The fun factor entered the picture with my smart lights. Imagine setting the mood with just your voice, dimming the lights for a movie night or creating a vibrant ambiance for a dinner party. It’s these small touches of personalization that make living with connected devices surprisingly enjoyable.

Addressing the concerns: security and privacy in the Internet of Things – IoT

Of course, with all the good comes the not-so-good. Security concerns were initially a major hurdle. The thought of someone hacking into my devices and controlling my home gave me pause. But with some research and the right security measures, I learned to manage these concerns. Setting strong passwords, enabling two-factor authentication, and keeping software updated became essential habits.

Beyond security, there’s the issue of data privacy. Connected devices collect data, and questions arise about who owns it and how it’s used. While I understand the benefits of data-driven services, I also prioritise companies with transparent data practices and robust privacy controls.

A look ahead: The future of the Internet of Things – IoT

Despite these challenges, my experience with the Internet of Things has been largely positive. It’s made my life a little easier, a bit more efficient, and even a touch more enjoyable. However, it’s important to approach this technology with caution and awareness. Researching reputable brands, prioritizing security, and being mindful of data privacy are crucial steps for anyone considering embracing the connected life.

My journey with IoT: Lessons learned and looking forward

Here are some additional thoughts and observations based on my experience:

  • The learning curve: Getting started with IoT can be intimidating. Not every device is user-friendly, and setting things up can be a bit of a puzzle. But the good news is, countless online resources and tutorials can help navigate the process.
  • The potential for innovation: The possibilities with IoT are truly exciting. From connected healthcare monitoring devices to smart cities optimizing traffic flow, the potential to improve our lives and the world around us is vast.
  • The importance of ethical considerations: As the IoT ecosystem grows, it’s crucial to consider the ethical implications. We need responsible development and deployment of connected technologies to ensure they benefit everyone and don’t exacerbate existing inequalities.

Ultimately, my journey with the Internet of Things has been a learning experience. It’s not a perfect technology, but it has the potential to improve our lives in significant ways. It’s up to us, as individuals and as a society, to embrace the good while addressing the challenges, ensuring this connected future benefits all.

Government and industry information on the internet of things –  IoT

Government bodies associated with the internet of things

The UK has a comprehensive page on IoT.

The US has an excellent resource with information on IoT.

The EU also has information relating to IoT

Industry Associations

  • Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF): – OCF is a consortium of leading technology companies that promotes interoperability and standardization in IoT devices.
  • Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC): – IIC is a global group focused on accelerating the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in industries like manufacturing and energy.
  • Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI): – AIOTI is a European alliance focused on promoting the responsible development and deployment of IoT technologies.

Non-profit Organizations

  • World Economic Forum (WEF): – WEF’s Centre for the Future of Network and Information Society explores the impact of emerging technologies like IoT on society and the economy.
  • Internet Society (ISOC): – ISOC focuses on promoting open and secure internet governance, and they have resources on the impact of IoT on internet infrastructure and protocols.

Final words

Thanks to our colleague, Naomi, for these insights. She’s got all of us interested in high-teching our homes and workplaces. Personally, I am waiting for:


Trekkies know what I mean.