The Pros and Cons of IoT

September 8th, 2016

The Internet of things is taking the world by storm and is predicted to explode to approximately 34 billion connected devices by the year 2020. But what exactly does this mean for us? How will the Internet of Things affect our daily lives, for better or for worse?

 

What is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things (or, IOT as we like to call it), is the connection between everyday objects with sensors that can enable these objects to automate, communicate, and exchange data through the internet. In short, they become “smart!” From smart cities, to home automation, to health – IoT has the full potential to profoundly impact every aspect of our daily lives because it can turn anyTHING into a ‘smart’ object. Like every new technology, IoT has its advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of IoT:

Internet of Things (IoT) Pros and Cons

 

Pros of IoT:

Time-Saving

Imagine not having to set your thermostat because your a/c will automatically know what you like…or knowing when to order milk because your refrigerator sent your smartphone a grocery list. The amount of information that can be produced by the Internet of Things is virtually limitless, so knowing exactly what is needed can not only help you save time on your trip to the grocery-store, but can also save doctors time when trying to diagnose a patient with something critical, because the information in their health monitor is there and analyzing the person’s history.

Pros of IoT

Sensibo uses IoT to make your a/c ‘smarter’

Consumer Insights

IoT can analyze consumer insights in ways to specifically tailor advertising, messages, sales and more based on the individual needs or preferences. For example – a smart refrigerator will not only tell you when you need new mile, but it might also analyze on the whole), how much milk is consumed by your neighborhood, which brand, and where it was bought from. This opens up new markets for revenue opportunities that did not previously exist.

IoT Advantages

Automation of Data

IoT enables the automation of processes and machines remotely. This means that we can optimize everything from production processes, machine maintenance, health diagnosis, factory emissions, and much more from afar. The idea with IoT is that these processes will be able to in effect, ‘manage themselves’ by communicating and analyzing the necessary data, with little or no human interference. For example, your car may ping your A/C that you’re close to home and ready for your house to cool before you enter.

 

IoT Cons:

Security & Privacy

With so much important information being automatically transferred across the internet, how will we make sure this data is kept safe? This is one of the most important conditions for the future of IoT. How can we ensure that hackers will not change our prescriptions or connect to our smart cars? With IoT, we risk losing an important aspect of our privacy.

IoT Cons

Charging

In a world where everything is connected, one of the most important factors in IoT is the ability for your gadgets and small devices to analyze data and use it productively. In order to do this, your IoT network needs to be constantly working – and that requires a constant power source. This means that the charging experience is becoming a definite burden on users, as the current charging methods are just too complicated and will not meet those requirements.

Wireless Charging of IoT Devices

Despite the disadvantages, IoT brings many more advantages that we never thought possible – and this is just the beginning.

Wireless charging is an essential element to power the Internet of Things, are we’re happy to be a part of it! Humavox’s NEST charging station is an RF technology wireless charging solution flexible enough that it can take many shapes and forms and fit into endless types of IoT devices and products – regardless of shape or size. So let’s begin the rev