We’ve seen a lot of transformative technologies emerge over the past few years. There’s cloud, mobile, social, automation, Shadow IT, and, in particular, the Internet of Things (IoT).
In this post, we’ll take a look at what the IoT means for the future.
The Internet of Things
First, let’s get a clear understanding of what the IoT is.
According to TechTarget, the IoT is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.
Basically, the IoT connects assets and uses sensors to understand information.
This technology is headed in the direction of major enterprises, and one of the places we have already seen it pioneered is in the medical arena.
Healthcare and the IoT
Any modern healthcare environment requires a significant amount of technology to treat its patients.
Everything about a patient’s vitals must be continuously fed into a computer and tracked—from their blood pressure to their blood sugar levels and more. Measurements like this are critical factors in the proper care of a patient, and it used to take much longer.
In the past, obtaining these continuous measurements involved nurses, nursing assistants, and doctors that worked ’round-the-clock.
Today’s technology allows healthcare professionals peace of mind in knowing that all the pertinent data is being collected automatically through the IoT. This auto-feed of information allows health experts to focus on other things, such as calming down a nervous patient or improving the whole experience.
Patients also now have the ability to self-medicate within certain parameters based on pain levels and things like that. This is yet another example of the IoT changing the way in which we make decisions and accomplish an outcome.
The future of the IoT
We’re all familiar with Siri, Amazon, Alexa, and other point technologies, but in the workplace today, we still hear fingers tapping on keyboards.
It is estimated that by 2020, there will be billions of internet-connected devices in our everyday lives.
“Virtually every animate and inanimate object on Earth could be generating and transmitting data, including our homes, our cars, our natural and man-made environments, and yes, even our bodies,” said technology author Anthony D. Williams.
As we look into the future, we’ll see more automated, tied-together technologies and humans communicating in different ways with that technology. Just think of someone buying a soda, and how different that experience will be from how it is now. Vending machines might become as archaic as phone booths.