What Is The IoT?
We call the Internet of Things (IoT) the set of technologies (such as AI and 5G) that allow all kinds of objects to be connected to the Internet (light bulbs, medical instruments, wearables, etc.).
How Does The Internet Of Things Affect Our Life?
Some of the sectors most impacted by the IoT are medicine, education, automotive and logistics. Likewise, this technological revolution is being decisive in promoting home automation and the phenomenon of smart cities.
Some of the most interesting use cases presented by the IoT and the edge are:
- Intelligent roads and traffic lights capable of detecting risks in circulation.
- Digitization of the processes executed in the secondary substations of the electrical network to be able to manage them remotely.
- Management of municipal water supplies to quickly control drains and collectors in case of torrential rains.
- Infrastructure management through video and drones in order to detect problems in real time.
What Does The Future Of Iot Look Like?
The participants in the presentation pointed out that the applications of the Internet of Things will multiply as the 5G network is deployed. In other words, the higher the speed at which we can transmit data, the more ways we will have to take advantage of the possibilities that this technology offers us.
One of the most exciting (and critical) uses of the IoT will be in transportation. In particular, it will allow us to create platforms such as the future DGT 3.0 platform, which will allow more agile decision-making.
Iot And Industry (IIoT)
Industrial environments are especially receptive to the Internet of Things. After all, this technology allows all kinds of industries to automate processes and reduce costs. Ultimately, the IoT will manage to solve specific processes of each industry, to the point of being a great ally in decision-making.
In the case of Spain, practically the entire industry is made up of SMEs. They are immersed in a digitization process, so they present a certain delay in the implementation of this technology if we compare them with US companies.
IoT Challenges In The Industry
All the speakers agreed that the biggest challenge facing the sector is cybersecurity. Did you know that more than half of the companies do not know what elements are connected to their networks? The solution to tackle this problem is to follow the following strategy:
- Map the objects that we have connected to the Internet.
- Segment networks to prevent cyberattacks from spreading.
- Host each process on a server, in order to detect possible errors.
- Normalize and treat the data stored at the edge according to its origin and following a series of rules transferred to the cloud.
Other problems that must be solved are the lack of standardization in the implementation processes and the scarcity of experienced professional profiles.
In conclusion, the IoT promises to be one of the technological advances with the most practical applications, with the industrial sector being one of its biggest beneficiaries. Of course, its successful implementation requires protection against possible cybersecurity problems.