Why 2017 Can Be The Year Of IoT Disruption


New-era technologies look set for a big haul in 2017, particularly with respect to the Internet of Things (IoT), as technology experiences high-trajectory growth in both reach and scope. In fact, 2017 could be the year of digital transformation. Just try imagining an AC that switches off to make sure the power-hungry washing machine has its quota of electricity to run or the air conditioner brings your room’s temperature down to your optimum after sensing a harshly sunny day. Or imagine the dishwasher and mixer-grinder communicating with each other before deciding how much power they could share to account for the overcast day on which your solar power plant depends. This is direction that the connected appliances and the IoT could take this year.

Going by the tremendous leaps that technology is making every day, this could well be the shape of things to come with smart devices such as TV, fridge, washing machine, home security systems, etc. flooding the market and public imagination, with the paraphernalia rounding off the Smart Home for you in 2017: a digitalized way of life that is difficult to even imagine. And that would lay the foundation of Smart Cities and smarter living.

Evolution of cheap and increasingly efficient sensors

There is an explosion in increasingly sophisticated sensors, and together with the exponential expansion in 3G and 4G Internet services (there are even talks of 5G now in the air), a smart revolution in human lives is lurking just round the corner. In fact, the technology could yield unimaginable benefits outside our homes, leading to an enhanced quality of life.

For example, the technology could help in reduced pollution, better environment and thus better quality of life. Sensors could detect air pollution increasing in certain areas and consequently lead traffic authorities to reroute traffic to other areas that are less congested. This information could lead to other significant responses as well. More medical personnel could be allocated to hospitals in areas with higher pollution to tend to greater inflow of patients with respiratory problems. This would ensure that problems are tackled on a real-time basis. The technology that matured in 2016 could witness rapid acceptance and expansion in 2017.

“Internet of Things can play a pivotal role in enhancing the quality of life indices appreciably. The technology can also be used to predict and analyze possible consequences of human activities and take preventive measures to ameliorate the situation and avoid disasters,” said Shashank Dixit, CEO, Deskera, a global leader in cloud technology, which has developed its own Big Data tool.

If we add other emerging technologies such as Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to the mix, our entire outlook of life could be digitalized and revolutionized. Technology majors such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple and Amazon are already lining up to offer customers the ultimate user experience by leveraging IoT in conjunction with other emerging technologies. Innovations including natural language processing, deep learning, and neural networks could further increase the potency of existing IoT technologies, taking mankind to the frontiers of innovation and technology that was inconceivable before. 

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