Saturday, May 20, 2017

THE INTERNET OF THINGS: The upcoming biggest tech trend in history explained in free, online courses


Encouraging students to study subjects they enjoy is always good advice.  Nevertheless, there are subjects that are so important in life that, despite whether we enjoy them or not, we simply should try and study them.  One such subject is the “Internet of Things” (IoT) – its potential is extraordinary, it will be a basic key ingredient of life and work in the 21st century, and is touted to become the biggest tech trend ever.  Previous tech trends were generated by the introduction of personal computers and later, the internet.  IoT – is generating  a similar trend but at an incredibly far greater scale. It’s the new megatrend unfolding right now and is likely to reshape the world as we know it.


The Internet we use today is actually an “Internet of Computers (IoC)” which links up and allows communication between people, between computers, and between people and computers. The coming “Internet of Things” has an additional group of players linked to the system – i.e., “things”. This includes practically anything with an on/off switch.  In this new scenario, there will also be communication between “things” themselves, between “things” and computers,” and between “things” and people. By 2020, it is  estimated that the number of devices connected range from 26 to 100 billion.  It has been stated that the new rule of the future is going to be, “Anything that can be connected, will be connected.”


Connecting equipment, tools, and machines to the IoT network will make them smart.They will be able to respond to or be directed remotely by another “thing,” a computer, or a person.  Some examples of communication under the IoT scenario include:
·         Your alarm clock wakes you up at 6 a.m. and then notifies your coffee maker to start brewing your coffee ;
·         Your car figures out the best route to your meeting venue and takes it;
·         Knowing that traffic is heavy, your car realizes that you will arrive late and texts the other party notifying them of your late arrival;
·         Your office equipment knows it is running low on supplies and reorders more.


Discussions on IoT have been taking place all over the world as people try to understand how it will impact their lives.  People are also trying to identify and understand the many opportunities and challenges that will come up as more and more devices start to join the IoT network.

For now, the best thing we can do is educate ourselves about what IoT is and its potential impacts on how we work and live.

“How the Internet of Things and Smart Services Will Change Society” and other FREE ONLINE IoT COURSES

“How the Internet of Things and Smart Services Will Change Society” is a free, online, introductory course that is aimed at anyone interested in learning about the “Internet of Things”.  It does not require the user to have any technical knowledge as everything is explained easily and informally.


Part One: Societal Perspective
1.       Key Trends and Terms – IoT and Industry 4.0
2.       Smart Services
3.       Effects on Society
4.       Challenges and Opportunities for Society
Part Two: Business Perspective
5.       Key Trends and Terms – Digital Transformation & Business
6.       Smart Software for Smart Services
7.       Enabling Technologies
8.       Challenges and Opportunities for Business

·         To explore and/or enroll for this IoT course, please click here.
·         To explore this and other IoT courses, please click here.


Posted by: Dr. Nat Tuivavalagi

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