ARE YOU CONNECTED.…IoT or Internet of Things!

      Contributed by Pri Sandhu, Associate Director, IT, Engineering and Technical Healthcare


      Being “Connected” to most of us means in terms of pc, tablets and smartphones. IoT describes a world where just about anything can be connected and can then communicate in a smart & intelligent manner. So basically, with IoT, the real physical world is fast turning into one whole big information system.

      According to Gartner, “The Internet of Things (IoT) will include 26 billion units installed by 2020, By that time, IoT product and service suppliers will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion, mostly in services” That prediction obviously is of great interest to lots of companies in terms of opportunities ahead with IoT.

      In what way could this impact you or your work, let’s say you are on your way driving to a client briefing, your car could access your work calendar (outlook) and already know the best possible route to take or before you even alight from an airport taxi your smart phone sends a text of your arrival to the Hotel who automatically checks you in! Or my favorite what if my smart alarm watch wakes me up at 7:00 am and sends a message to my coffee maker to start brewing coffee for me? (Bliss!)

      How secure is it, the “always-connected” nature of these devices definitely makes them quite prone or vulnerable to hacks and breaches. The rapid digitisation and automation of huge number of devices deployed across different areas are set to create new security challenges to many industries and individuals.

      You only have to hack into one device and could start infiltrating the entire system to gain access to personal or business data. Companies are still scratching their heads and think tanks are constantly looking at ways to making the Networks more robust with better layers of security and also figure out a secure way to store, track, analyze, and make sense of the vast amounts of data that it will produce.

      To end Yes, the Internet of Things “IoT” has become an increasingly growing topic of conversation as it’s a concept that is rapidly taking place but has also the potential to impact not only how we live but also how we work and I personally think this is something we would all have to embrace as the reality is IoT allows for virtually endless opportunities and connections to happen, many of which we can’t even think of or fully grasp the impact of today!

      Contributed by Pri Sandhu, Associate Director, IT, Engineering and Technical Healthcare