Top 5 Internet of Things (IoT) Trends in 2020

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Article by Quinn Frankel

The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming deeply embedded in our day-to-day lives no matter where we may be. IoT refers to the digital transformation of society that is the convergence of objects and internet access, which results in interconnectivity unlike ever before and gives companies massive amounts of data to work with. There are IoT devices ranging from ceiling fans to water bottles and even T-shirts can be IoT connected devices now! Every year it seems that more IoT devices are coming out, and they are even “smarter” than ever before. Here are some of the top trends you’ll see in IoT devices coming out in 2020. 

Edge Computing 

Edge Computing is transforming the way data is being handled, processed, and delivered for millions of devices around the world. Edge computing brings computation and data storage closer to the devices where it’s gathering, rather than relying on a central location that can be far away. The positives of edge computing are that it suffers noticeably less latency issues, which can affect an application’s performance. By having the processing of data done locally, companies are able to save money by reducing the amount of data that needs to be processed in a centralized or cloud-based location. Edge computing has a large effect on IoT devices because it allows those devices to be more capable of running more sophisticated applications. When dealing with a massive amount of data, which IoT devices produce plenty of, edge computing gives IoT devices the ability to analyze and filter the data before sending it, which can lead to huge savings in-network storage and computing resources. 

Security 

As connected devices become a bigger part of our everyday lives, more concerns grow about the security of all of our information online. Anything that is connected to the internet can be vulnerable to cyber attacks, so now companies releasing new IoT devices have an added priority to securely store the data for their consumers. In order to uphold their new security responsibilities, companies that are releasing IoT products are now making hardware that is resistant to tampering, ensuring secure software upgrades, providing firmware updates/patches, and performing dynamic testing. 

Global Connectivity 

Global IoT connectivity offers local and worldwide network access and smart technology that’ll keep your device connected with other IoT devices around the world. Global SIM is the technology that enables IoT connectivity with devices around the world. When devices are enabled with Global SIM, they can be switched from other carriers, and allow your devices to be managed and maintain uninterrupted connectivity wherever they are. Global Connectivity for IoT allows for a cost-effective way for all your devices to be managed globally. 

Data and Analytics

IoT devices produce a ton of data and analytics, this data is used to refine and expand IoT programming and the user experience of its device, all which help the growth of IoT devices. IoT data is constantly being analyzed and organizations/businesses can learn a lot from it. The combination of IoT and data analytics has been beneficial for the industry and has allowed for businesses to learn about optimizing operations, engaging more customers and empowering employees. IoT allows businesses to work as efficiently and effectively as possible. 

Smart Homes and Cities

As more devices become available, more household appliances and city infrastructure are going to become IoT connected. Once the use of IoT devices become more prevalent, businesses and cities will look to make sure that all of their devices and equipment are all IoT connected. Some examples of how IoT is already connected in homes and cities are: cars that can communicate with other systems outside of the car, refrigerators that can look up recipes and read them to you while you cook, and water filters that can tell you in real-time what chemicals have been filtered out of your water. 

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