You’ve likely heard about how the Internet of Things (IoT) is coming and how it’s going to change your life and revolutionize the way you do business. But what exactly is the Internet of Things? How can it revolutionize your business? And what can you do right now to get in on the action?
Read on to find out.
The Internet of Things is the interconnected web of devices around the world that communicate with each other and users in real time. At its heart, the IoT is focused on data—data collection, data processing, and real-world data use. One example of the IoT in action is a network of smart thermostats communicating with each other and your smartphone to provide temperature information, make adjustments automatically, and allow you to control your building’s climate remotely.
The IoT is all about smart, connected devices that constantly send and receive information. There’s also a lot of overlap with artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. The volume of data IoT devices generate is just what’s needed to power devices like the previously mentioned smart thermostat—the device can learn your habits and automatically make adjustments so you never have to lift a finger.
The IoT is huge. By 2020, there will be more than twenty-four billion connected devices in the world, ranging from simple sensors to full-blown computers. Nearly any device or appliance you can imagine now has a smart version that connects to the internet, making it a part of the IoT. Printers, refrigerators, thermostats, lightbulbs, cameras, even pens—the list goes on.
Businesses of all sorts can take advantage of these devices to increase efficiency and productivity and tighten up their bottom lines.
Use the following tips to enhance your business with the IoT:
There are IoT solutions for nearly any need you can think of, and more are being introduced every day.
Getting started with the IoT is easier than it sounds. Many of these solutions are plug-and-play at this point. Alexa, for example, requires minimal setup beyond connecting to an Amazon account, while most smart appliances are controlled with easy-to-use smartphone apps.
One thing you will need, though, is a robust Wi-Fi connection. It’s called the Internet of Things for a reason—these devices rely on a constant internet connection to operate. If you need rock-solid business internet, Frontier has you covered with powerful high-speed internet and secure managed Wi-Fi services to power your devices.