What is IoT?
Internet of Things (IoT) is the concept of connecting any device (with an on/off switch) to the Internet and to other connected devices. This includes everything from handphones, coffee machines, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of, can be transformed into an IoT device if it can be connected to the internet and controlled that way.
How does it work?
Smart homes filled with connected products are loaded with possibilities to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more comfortable.
Example, Amazon’s Echo and Google Home make it easier to play music, set timers, or get information; Home security systems making it easier to monitor house surrounding; Smart thermostats can help us cool down our homes before we arrive back; Smart lightbulbs can make it look like we’re home even when we’re out; Sensors can help us to understand how noisy or polluted our environment might be.
The first and most obvious benefit to smart homes is convenience, as more connected devices can handle more operations (lighting, temperature, etc.) and frees up the resident to perform other tasks. Beyond this, smart home IoT devices can help reduce costs and conserve energy. In our example above, you’d have a comfortable and cool apartment ready when you get home, but you could also leave your air conditioner off when you’re not home, which would lower your electric bill and reduce energy consumption. Smart lights would function in a similar way.