The so-called “Internet of Things”, also referred to as IoT and the impending 5G network, are without a doubt sleeping giants in the tech world. Without even realising it, all of us are combining aspects of IoT to our homes and businesses in the form of smart technology like voice assistants, smart lights, speakers, and even car locks. With IoT growing at a rapid rate, what will 2020 look like for the adoption of the Internet of Things? Here are 3 ways it’s set to change the way we live.
Further integration of Artificial Intelligence
While IoT devices are often referred to as “smart”, there is still a significant need for human input for these systems to work well. For example, it’s really up to the person to decide if they’re uncomfortable and thus adjust the room temperature. With more development in artificial intelligence, these decisions could easily be handed off to the IoT or ‘edge’ network, as it learns our behaviours and makes adjustments on our behalf.
Increased development in the area of blockchain
Blockchain is a big deal in the world of tech innovation, and for good reason. In terms of security, blockchain is perhaps the very best and most secure solution for protecting networks. In the context of IoT, blockchain is set to be used far more during 2020. For example, it’s understandable that people would be concerned about using device-powered smart locks, but if these IoT devices were connected to a fool-proof blockchain network for verification, those concerns disappear.
Improvements in standardisation
Perhaps the biggest problem facing the entire concept of IoT is that multiple devices are produced by multiple manufacturers, each with varying support in terms of control and integration. For example, one music streaming service may not be supported by another voice assistant simply due to corporate rivalry. This type of issue needs to be addressed via a system of standardisation so that all IoT devices – regardless of the brands backing them – can communicate with one another.
Where does 5G come in into all of this?
If you’ve already started building your very own Internet of Things smart home, you’re well ahead of the pack. With 2020 set to be an exciting year for the tech, it’s only a matter of time until IoT and 5G are household names.
5G was launched in late 2018 and is already making an appearance in most major cities around the world. Let’s take a look at the three main benefits of switching over to 5G connectivity.
With 5G, we will all benefit from WiFi speeds while on the go, with downloads taking a matter of seconds. In fact, 5G is up to 10 times faster than 4G. To compare, average speeds for 4G are 23-35 Mbps, while for 5G, they are an incredible 150-250Mbps. 5G also has improved outdoor coverage, which will enable you to monitor remote locations using IoT technologies.
The lag in response time while using search engines or issuing voice commands on preceding networks is now fully addressed by 5G. Web browsing and video chat services commonly deployed by businesses have also been improved, with reduced latency. Lower latency has technological advantages beyond speed, as it also helps with the advancement not only smart IoT devices but the emergence of robotics, virtual reality and drone technology.
5G will allow more devices than ever before to be connected at once. Travelling for work or attending a big conference? 5G will mean that you can get on with whatever you need to no matter the size of the crowd. 5G is also expected to empower innovations such as smart cities in the future, where real-time data can be analysed to make our lives better and safer.
Ultimately, 5G is the future and is promising to usher in a whole new wave of technological innovations such as self-driving vehicles, whose dependency will wholly rely on its ultra-fast, lag-less speeds.