3 Developing Expectations For The IoT

IoT Expectations

The Internet of Things, or IoT, has received a lot of attention from tech analysts and curious consumers lately, in large part because its concept is so promising and exciting.

The IoT is based on the idea that all kinds of household objects could have embedded Wi-Fi capabilities, allowing them to go online and communicate with each other. Let’s take a look at a few things people have speculated about that might occur soon, all thanks to the IoT.

1. Prevention and Management of Chronic Diseases Could Improve

Healthcare is characteristically an industry crippled by high costs. It’s also a sector that could greatly benefit from the IoT. Such technology could prevent people from becoming chronically ill, plus improve care management for patients already diagnosed with ongoing illnesses.

Most of the nation’s healthcare budget goes toward treating chronic diseases, so it makes sense that programs which encourage smoking cessation, weight loss or other healthy lifestyle choices are a big business opportunity. Even so, most chronic diseases are treated reactively, rather than proactively, and the IoT could change that.

Wearable devices, like those offered by Apple, Fitbit and Withings, currently make it easy and fun for people to set and reach their wellness goals. A company called Omada health also offers similar devices to pre-diabetic patients, urging them to lose weight in hopes of avoiding chronic blood sugar issues.

Another way the IoT could improve the healthcare industry is through the use of “smart” devices that are worn on the body and are able to detect abnormalities. Theoretically, these gadgets could alert the wearer that something may be amiss with his or her health, allowing the person to seek medical intervention before it’s too late.

Furthermore, data collected by the devices could be automatically sent to the cloud via API, so healthcare providers might examine it without the device’s user having to do anything. That means the IoT could also play a role in helping healthcare workers make more informed and relevant decisions about the treatment plans of their patients.

The IoT could help physicians make diagnoses more efficiently, too. This will become possible when emerging technology leads to a decrease in the manufacturing costs of expensive equipment, such as MRI machines.

2. Inadequate Cyber Security Measures Could Adversely Impact Health-Related Benefits

Despite the exciting possibilities discussed above about chronic illness management, some experts still have concerns about patient data getting compromised. Analysts warn it may be very hard to implement proper security measures on very tiny devices. Furthermore, IoT gadgets are going through such a rapid revolution that they could be used on a massive scale within just a few months.

ksenia-votinovaKsenia Votinova, Technology Entrepreneur & Chief Marketing Officer at Le VPN, says that Virtual Private Networks (or VPNs) could be used to keep personal data secure as it gets transferred from users’ home devices to the cloud:

Installing a VPN on a home router would allow people to secure the internet connection of all their devices that connect to this router – like computers, mobile devices, smart TVs, game consoles, etc

It works like this: a VPN encrypts the internet connection of all the devices, making any online activity secure and private. This is done through the most sophisticated encryption algorithm (AES-256), which is impossible to hack. Therefore nobody can hack all the devices that are connected to the router secured by a VPN

So, even though security concerns about the IoT have arisen, we can acknowledge that tech has also been developing to counteract potential security threats imposed by IoT.

3. Some Jobs Will Become Obsolete, While New Careers Get Created

New technologies can create jobs, or take them away. When smartphones became popular, there was a sudden need for people who could design and test apps for mobile platforms, for example.

On the other hand, as technology improves, it can make some jobs irrelevant. That happened to many grocery clerks and baggers when self-checkout stations became popular. Although most grocery stores still have human staff members at the checkouts, self-checkout lanes often dominate those workers, especially during certain hours of the day.

We can expect the IoT will reduce the need for low-skilled workers engaged in repetitive jobs. However, the IoT doesn’t solely spell bad news for people in the job market. Target is one well-known retailer that recently offered a position for someone to be in charge of using the IoT to develop consumer solutions.

Another new job title you can expect to see soon is Chief IoT Officer. That person will likely set out the framework for a company’s IoT strategy, and then implement the associated technology that aligns with current business goals. Additionally, the worker will gather data from IoT devices and make decisions based on those analytics.

These are just three likely outcomes driven by the IoT. In the weeks and months to come, there will surely be many more fascinating possibilities to ponder.

By Kayla Matthews

Darach Beirne

Improve the Customer Experience by Connecting IT Silos

Connecting IT Silos Customer experience (CX) is a top priority for businesses across industries. The interactions and experiences customers have with a business throughout their entire journey – from first contact to becoming a happy ...
Fernando Castanheira

How the Shift to Hybrid Work Will Impact Digital Transformations

The Shift to Hybrid Work Before COVID-19, most enterprises had a digital transformation in flight, but the pandemic threw those programs into hyperdrive. Scrambling to accommodate workforces that were suddenly working online and mostly from ...
Derrek Schutman

Providing Robust Digital Capabilities by Building a Digital Enablement Layer

Building a Digital Enablement Layer Most Digital Service Providers (DSPs) aim to provide digital capabilities to customers but struggle to transform with legacy O/BSS systems. According to McKinsey research, 70% of digital transformation projects don’t ...
Jim Fagan

The Geopolitics of Subsea Connectivity

Subsea Connectivity Digital transformation and the migration of data and applications to the cloud is a global phenomenon. While we may like to think that the cloud knows no borders, the reality is that geopolitics ...
Alex Tkatch

Dare to Innovate: 3 Best Practices for Designing and Executing a New Product Launch

Best Practices for Designing and Executing a Product Launch Nothing in entrepreneurial life is more exciting, frustrating, time-consuming and uncertain than launching a new product. Creating something new and different can be exhilarating, assuming everything ...

CLOUD MONITORING

The CloudTweaks technology lists will include updated resources to leading services from around the globe. Examples include leading IT Monitoring Services, Bootcamps, VPNs, CDNs, Reseller Programs and much more...

  • Opsview

    Opsview

    Opsview is a global privately held IT Systems Management software company whose core product, Opsview Enterprise was released in 2009. The company has offices in the UK and USA, boasting some 35,000 corporate clients. Their prominent clients include Cisco, MIT, Allianz, NewVoiceMedia, Active Network, and University of Surrey.

  • Nagios

    Nagios

    Nagios is one of the leading vendors of IT monitoring and management tools offering cloud monitoring capabilities for AWS, EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) and S3 (Simple Storage Service). Their products include infrastructure, server, and network monitoring solutions like Nagios XI, Nagios Log Server, and Nagios Network Analyzer.

  • Datadog

    DataDog

    DataDog is a startup based out of New York which secured $31 Million in series C funding. They are quickly making a name for themselves and have a truly impressive client list with the likes of Adobe, Salesforce, HP, Facebook and many others.

  • Sematext Logo

    Sematext

    Sematext bridges the gap between performance monitoring, real user monitoring, transaction tracing, and logs. Sematext all-in-one monitoring platform gives businesses full-stack visibility by exposing logs, metrics, and traces through a single Cloud or On-Premise solution. Sematext helps smart DevOps teams move faster.