IoT – Connecting your way of life
Bridging the gap between ideas that invoke the core competencies of being counter-productive as well as a game-changer has often been met with skepticism. The Internet of things (IOT) has a similar perception, on one hand it does fulfill a criteria of users being virtually Omni-present by being able to virtually control basic house hold amenities, vehicles, smart building and smart city concepts and much more connected smart devices with just a tap of a finger or a push of a button, and on the other hand users expose themselves virtually to cyber-criminals who work relentlessly in their espionage of a users identity and their belongings. Be it a cynical or optimistic point of view, the concept of the Internet of Things (IOT) is here to stay and may well define the future of the way we do things.
The meteoric rise of the concept that is IOT is a combination of several factors, one being the rise of broadband and wifi connectivity, the de-escalating cost of internet prices, more devices are built to enable wifi connectivity, a surge in smart phone sales and the human tendency to buy ourselves more time and energy by divulging our work to a more accurate source of data collection, analytics and to garner instant results which are either physical (like remotely closing a door), sensory and more. Analytical firm Gartner believes that around 26 million connected devices would be made available by the year 2020. One of the major challenges is to accommodate the ratio of Internet protocol address (IP) per connected device. Most experts believe that switching from IPv4 to IPv6 would help resolve this problem.
“[In the future], the Internet will disappear… you won’t even sense it, it will be part of your presence all the time” – Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google, USA
The Idea of remotely controlling robots, planes (drones), cars and more has always fascinated us. Imagine walking into store that has intelligent shopping system capabilities, through a cell phone tracking system; Customers can get instant offers on their favorite products, location of items that they need through a list conveyed by a connected refrigerator. Animals can also be tracked and monitored by embedded devices fitted into them. Energy can be conserved by automatically or remotely switching of power when not needed and more such inter-connected series of “things” that is set to ease our way of life.
Careers with IOT will require proficiency on Circuit design, Microcontroller programming, AutoCAD, machine learning, security infrastructure, Big data, electrical engineering, Node j.s., security engineering, GPS development and more programming language.
People aspiring to land a job in the field of IOT can choose from some of the following fields:
- Agricultural Technologist
- 3-D Printing Engineer
- Grid Modernization Engineers
- Wearable Tech Designer
- Medical Robot Designer
- Data Security Expert
- Cloud Computing Specialist
- E-discovery Investigator
- Counter Hackers
- And more