Not just computers and smartphones connected to the network, so many objects are made intelligent and able to connect online: so the Internet of things and how it works.
The new direction of the telecommunications sector allows the network to connect people but also devices: this is how it worksInternet of things.
Not too many years ago to establish an internet connection it was necessary to pass by a computer, when the connections were lightning at 56k and the dialer chat signaled that the network connection was coming. Then, the smartphone: a versatile and pocket device thanks to which the access to the network also spread from mobile phones. Nowadays, the online connection has been extended also to everyday objects: it is called Internet of things, which translated into Italian means internet of things, or rather of objects, since it is able to put into communication everyday products without the intercession of the human hand, completely independently.
So the Internet of Things
Often referred to by the acronym IoT, the Internet of things means the ability of commonly used objects that evolve into intelligent devices to communicate with each other, and to interact with human beings. These objects, however, are not identifiable neither as a computer nor as a smartphone: these are traditional objects that become smart thanks to the ability to acquire information and access to the internet.
The Internet is therefore a means of communication not only between human beings, but also for the things we use frequently, making them able to transmit information on their type of use, or on current conditions.
How the Internet of Things works
To fully understand the essence and convenience of the Internet of Things, it is necessary to understand its functioning and, above all, to realize that the Internet of things is much closer than we can think.
Take a traditional object and install detectors that are capable of acquire valuable information on the surrounding environment or on its use, for example, only a part of the concept of internet of things. In this capacity of the objects to collect data, therefore, the possibility of transmitting them via internet to a software or application capable of processing them must be added and to return important notions to the user.
The goal of easy monitoring of any desired activity, taking advantage of the intelligent object dedicated to the purpose, but also of simplifying remote control and encouraging automation, even at home.
Examples of IoT
Generally, when you think about the Internet of Things, you are fantasizing about futuristic developments that are still far away but potentially feasible: the case of the famous Smart Road, a highway equipped with sensors tested in the United States, which provides the intelligent car with information about traffic conditions, or driving safety tips.
For those who still find it hard to see Io as part of their lives, here are some simple examples of the internet of things: lthe internet of things is now everywhere, in the smart bracelet that helps us keep fit, in the digital home assistant, in the environmental and territorial sensors that detect parameters on the state of the environment, but also in modern video surveillance systems, smartwatches or smart thermostats.
In short, anything can be connected online, ed identifiable by IP address, can be considered an IoT product.
It is easy for a sportsman today to have a smartband on his wrist during his training sessions smart bracelet capable of detecting physical condition and physical activity performance through the sensors it is equipped with.
The heart rate, the distance traveled measured through the GPS tracker, the duration of the effort, are all information detected by the bracelet which, through the production of data, communicates the results of the session to a dedicated program. In this case, we can refer to the applications for smartphones combined with these smartbands, which allow to have a clear account not only of the activity just ended, but also a monitoring constant over time that indicates the different workouts you undergo.
But even the smart digital assistants in vogue are an effective example of the Internet of things, such as the much talked about Amazon Alexa, orGoogle Home, very widespread overseas. These devices are designed for a purely home use, and are designed to automate various operations only through voice commands: the brain of the server connected to the internet, and therefore potentially to all objects connected in the network at home, and able to interface with the user with intelligent voice responses.
In addition, modern intelligent thermostats, such as the famous Nest, now owned by Google, are part of the Internet of things, which in addition to regulating the temperature in the home does much more. Who would have ever said that an object like a thermostat could one day be considered in the elite of intelligent devices? And yet, Google's Nest is capable of setting the ideal home temperature by learning the preferences of the inhabitants of the house, learning the times in which someone is or not, and preparing a welcoming climate based on weather forecasts or current weather conditions thanks to relief of its sensors.
The Vodafone proposals
Many proposals from the Internet of Things universe, such as those of the Vodafone carrier, which offers various intelligent solutions for the most disparate needs, such as:
- V-Pet, which together with Vodafone Kippy allows you to always keep the movements of the puppy under control;
- V-Auto, to have the diagnostic under the eye, but also help in case of need, or the car tracker;
- V-Bag, thanks to which it is possible to know where bags and luggage are located;
- V-Room, the video surveillance system for remote control of the supervised area.
The close link with big data
In order to send the information obtained thanks to the action of the sensors, all the connected devices produce a flow of data that is sent to the programs or applications: everything is measured and controlled, we too through our habits, thanks to the large amount of data generated by the individual objects of the internet of things. So, if it is true that the ultimate aim of the Internet of things is to improve the environment, to save money and to make life easier, just as true that innovation, comfort and benefits are matched by a price to pay.