There was a firestorm of discussion about the capability that we now have to communicate with one another over long distances with minimal effort. It’s not surprising that with the Internet being used to get connected with the world, it might soon be used to communicate with other things as well.

The Internet of Things or IoT is an increasingly growing network of devices that can communicate with each other via the Internet without human-to-human or human-to-device input. IoT powers the installation of smart home systems in Bluffdale, Utah, smart cities in Europe, and some areas in China and the rest of the world.

So, why exactly is this so important and where is it headed?

IoT is everywhere

If a device has the capability to connect to the Internet while being able to transmit, receive, change, and input data, it’s safe to say that it’s an IoT device. Home assistants that turn on your lighting for you and automated trackers telling you when your next flight is by scanning a simple code are all part of this system. These help you navigate the world easier.

One of the reasons IoT is so prevalent is that it takes a little effort to implement in our urban centers. With so many people using smartphones (some of the pinnacles of IoT technology when it comes to our current levels of tech integration), having some IoT system in place makes things easier for everyone.

IoT is economical

Previously, some sort of human oversight was always associated with tasks that used the Internet to send the signals, interpret data, or simply keep watch while the process was on-going. The technology wasn’t sophisticated yet to allow machines to make decisions on their own, and even if the foundation of the ideas was already around, the unavailability of materials during that time limited their implementation.

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However, with the Internet now spanning much of the globe, it has become a lot easier to create devices that have the ability to “talk” to each other via the World Wide Web. This doesn’t even need to be something across long distances; smart home assistants are the best examples of using IoT to optimize your some processes at home.

IoT makes things smarter

Finally, the best thing about IoT is that it empowers your devices (and, therefore, you) by making them “smarter”. It allows the devices to accept and follow simple commands to create an environment where the digital and physical space can work as one and the same. This movement toward a tech-integrated society is the ultimate goal of IoT.

IoT makes it possible to create fully automated assembly lines, smart homes that can be controlled from a single device, and street systems that can be used to lower energy costs. It’s not a far off dream to build an entire society that can use their devices via the Internet to gain control over what is happening around them. If you are planning to build a “smart” home soon or install a smart system in your workplace, look for a reputable company that offers this product and service.