A Guide to the Next Phase of the Internet
“The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.” – Eric Schmidt, Google
To say that the Internet is ever changing would be the understatement of the century. To say that the human species could function without it would be a lie.
Despite mankind’s dependency on the Internet, generally speaking, most people don’t understand the true nature of it. Furthermore, it changes and develops so quickly that it can be hard to keep up. Many people strongly believe that the next major phase of the Internet is already here.
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things, or IoT, is a term that is relatively new. It generally refers to how different devices can now “communicate” with each other.
In the home, this can refer to how your smartphone can communicate with your security system or your thermostat, for example. Because the ability to access various devices remotely became commonplace so quickly, you might not have noticed that by implementing them in your own home, you took part in this new and expanding phase of the Internet, as well.
Make no mistake, however. Recent projections indicate that by the year 2025 the number of IoT devices connected in homes will surpass 75 billion devices.
Implications for the Workplace
IoT technology carries with it some serious implications for the way that businesses will approach technology in the future. Aside from the obvious benefits of implementing IoT, such as increased efficiency and productivity, there are other benefits that can be realized through the use of this technology.
More and more businesses are looking to allow employees to work remotely. There are multiple reasons for this, but essentially the ability to work from anywhere is a valuable tool in modern business. In order for this to happen, though, a system must be implemented that allows for various devices to be able to communicate with one another and access remote servers.
As more businesses become wise to the benefits of IoT, the industry itself is enjoying significant growth. In fact, corporate spending on IoT is predicted to reach $745 billion this year. And as the knowledge and understanding about this new wave of Internet technology spreads, that number can only stand to increase in the coming decade.
Upkeep of IoT Technology
Like all sectors of technology, maintenance is a significant part of IoT. Because it involves communications between various servers (generally referred to as application program interface, or API), it is necessary for there to be experts in the field who understand how to monitor IoT systems. If the communication interface of an IoT system breaks down, then the entire functionality is lost.
API Testing is becoming commonplace for this very reason. This testing is done before the system is implemented in order to help prevent any issues arising at inopportune times. There are various testing services to choose from, including automated, performance, and security testing.