5 Major Predictions Regarding IoT In 2019

There was a time when we could say that IoT is the new big thing. That time is well into the past because IoT isn't new anymore. It has infested every level of technology available in the modern world and has undoubtedly advanced them to unimaginable heights. Every device available now is either connected to a network or associated with other similar devices. IoT has faced unprecedented growth in the past five years and is expected to continue its growth in the near future. Keeping that in mind we have predicted five technological advancements that might begin to exist in 2019 thanks to the aid of IoT and hence rule the digital market.

Why can we expect these predictions to materialize in the coming year?

Let us briefly summarize what IoT is practically nowadays. It is a large network of home appliances, vehicles, electronic devices, physical gadgets, sensors and transducers as well as connected software which allows the gadgets and devices to exchange data and information through the Internet. That is how the term "Internet of Things" came into being in the late 1990s. It practically allows the things to be controlled by machines connected via the same network. The effect is massively helpful in increasing the effectiveness of these devices or things and reducing human error hence increasing their efficiency. These things or gadgets connected via the Internet to several other things facilitate efficient usage and ease our daily lives to a large extent.

Having said that, we have to consider the fact that the IoT isn't what it used to be a decade ago. The growth it has been subject to is immense. The devices which were earlier able to perform only a few functions can now take care of more complicated and time-consuming activities. The gadgets are becoming more advanced by the passing day and hence is able to perform more activities than it ever could. Considering this recent growth in mind it wouldn't be wrong to estimate that IoT will bring about more technological advancements in the coming year and continue its steep rise altogether.

The 5 predictions

Let us take a brief look at the top 5 predictions in 2019 that IoT will serve up.

1. Opportunities in Employment

Let us first have a look at the dark side of IoT namely data security. When you have so many devices getting connected to each other via the Internet in such a short interval of time, there are bound to be issues regarding security. IoT devices have become synonymous with data breaches. These issues of breaches need to be addressed as soon as possible. We have to understand these prevalent issues first in order to prevent hackers and viruses from attacking our personal data and accessing them. Hence employment opportunities will be brought up in the field of cybersecurity in the near future in order to diagnose these security loopholes and prevent them from harming us.

2. Self-driven cars

We have already seen these technologies infiltrate our tech markets and by the end of next year, we predict that these cars will spread out far and wide. These cars will be connected to the Internet and their corresponding smart device and the device owners will be able to control the car from a remote location. Moreover, they can be automatically driven by virtue of the built-in Internet services that enhance the functionality of the car. Google, for instance, has already started testing the autonomous driving section of cars and will implement the tech in large scale.

3. More penetration in the manufacturing and healthcare industries

If we closely observer production industries we will notice that it is largely driven by sensors, RFID badges, radars etc, namely IoT devices. These connected devices will most probably double up in numbers by the start of next year. This will, in turn, transform every process related to the manufacturing industry such as product development and supply chain. This manufacturing industry revolution will help improve the efficiency of the processes by reducing the downtime of the equipment and improving stock management to a certain extent. Many more industries will get heavily affected by this such especially the healthcare industries.  If we go by the facts by 2019, more than 85 percent of organizations in the healthcare industry will adopt IoT tech. Together the healthcare industry and IoT can evolve to a large extent.

4. Smart neighbourhoods

The concept of smart homes and buildings have come into practice far and large. Yet we haven’t been able to materialize the concept of smart cities. Maybe if things go as per planning we might be able to achieve the smart neighbourhood concept and materialize it completely. In Toronto, the Sidewalks Labs has already been built. The smart neighbourhood is fully replete with smart sensors which are able to record each and every activity throughout the day with the clear intention of creating an environment which will be safer, cleaner and more complacent. The building is currently undergoing the pilot test and as soon as the structure is perfected the tech will spread in more cities.

5. Growth

And finally, we come to the most obvious point, comprehensive growth of IoT devices. Already we have an estimate of 3.6 million gadgets connected to the Internet. The amount of data getting trafficked daily is enormous. The 5G network will offload this burden in the coming years. Moreover, Edge computing will also get a boost from this.

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