In this Earthlink Internet compiled blogpost, I’ll discuss a piece of tech news that I recently came across during one of my investigative online sojourns. I believe that the technology concerned with this announcement will soon take center stage in commercial markets all across the globe.
As a lifelong tech news junkie, I suffer from a habit of mindless surfing. I call it ‘mindless’ because I tend to unthinkingly snap open my tablet computer simply by way of reflex. This tendency, however, which I owe largely to my trusty Frontier Internet Service, is crucial to my job. A tech writer and analyst cannot, after all, afford to rest on his laurels. What with the lightning speeds with which new industry trends emerge, and old ones become obsolete!
The latest round of tech information that’s exciting, has to do with the Internet of Things (IoT).
I’ll vent on this topic in some detail in this blogpost.
News Flash: the Internet of Things is Upon Us
On a recent issue of ZDNet, I learned that the IoT era will soon fully consume us. And the authors of the report really didn’t seem to want to mince their words.
But first, it is important to form a basic understanding of what IoT actually means.
The ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) conception envisions a world where all electronic gadgets are synced with each other. This intimately connected network of devices would provide the advantage of dynamic data-streaming and transfer.
Take the example of a future home setup fully integrated with IoT tech.
An alarm clock connected to the cooking appliances in the kitchen. These devices become activated as soon as a resident transmits an ‘awake’ signal. This could be communicated by simply pressing the off button on the timepiece. An IoT-connected mirror, after registering facial recognition, could further cause the car outside to start. Afterward, a host of house cleaning devices could commence with tidying up the place. And before the home owner’s next arrival, another batch could keep a hot meal prepared.
Such a scenario is expected to become commonplace in an IoT-integrated world. The aim of IoT, as you may now realize, is to make life easier for all. And this includes the corporate sector, which expects to make a lot of money through its saleable tech.
Some Anticipated IoT Applications
In the case presented above, this smooth level of connectivity is made possible by device in-built sensors. These probes remain constantly connected to similar antenna apparatuses on their mechanized counterparts. These can be installed anywhere.
With this heightened degree of probing, it becomes possible to extend digital monitoring to virtually every life-arena.
Through company-sanctioned automobiles, bosses can track their employees’ timeliness and fuel expenditure dynamics. Similarly, parents can use IoT-integrated devices to fully monitor their children’s activities at any time. Even pets can be hooked with IoT collars to enable continuous ‘position routing’. The possibilities are endless.
In the medical realm, IoT-enabled diagnostic implements would be able to readily communicate with other health gadgetry. This would make signs/symptoms identifications much more accurate. Patient bloodwork profiles, which are integral to successful disease prevention & treatment, can also be readily accessed in this way.
On the Susceptibility of IoT Devices to Hacking Attacks
Since IoT devices intrinsically rely on the internet for their functionality, they are susceptible to hacking assaults.
Industrious hackers (cybercriminals) have great expertise in wreaking great havoc on device hardware & software frameworks. IoT gadgetry promises them an even greater opportunity to inflict more damage, by directly controlling device interfaces.
A hacked thermometer, to give a crude example, could be made to steal information regarding patients’ bodily temperatures. Similarly, compromised POS terminals could be used to transmit users’ credit card information, along with housing & telephonic credentials.
Many tech industry experts, while feverishly anticipating the IoT age, are also warning prophetically against its expected security shortcomings. In doing so, they are recommending a number of precautionary measures which they advise ISP vendors to adopt. Their hasty implementation, they advise, can make internet users more prepared to face-off against a more connected world.
Many ISP vendors, like Cox through its Xfinity Packages provision, have already introduced stringent security details into their data plans. Others are currently working in partnership with Block chain technology specialists. As such, this latter category hopes to come up with more secure interactive channels for future IoT transmissions.