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The internet of things (IoT) started out as a simple concept: allow individual objects to communicate directly with each other without the need for human interaction. On its surface that might seem to be cutting humans out of the picture, but that is far from the truth. Not only can this amazing application of technology help to make our lives easier, it also promises to open up a whole new world of business opportunities as it takes hold across the globe.
There are several key areas in which this innovative technology is expected to have a major impact, including the media, the environment, infrastructure, manufacturing and energy management. In each of these areas, there are many business examples where technology will be more integral than ever and again the need for qualified IT professionals will also be more prominent.
In terms of the media, the internet of things will allow for a much greater ability to track consumer needs and target advertising towards a specific audience. By gleaning information directly from a person's refrigerator, for example, you can learn what brands of food they use and send advertisements for those products directly to their phones.
Environmental applications can include everything from air and water monitoring to tracking the movements of wildlife to predicting weather patterns more accurately and issuing warnings quicker. Infrastructure management can help cities keep on top of bridge and road maintenance and public transportation use to help maintain safety. These are just a few business examples, showing how the deployment of smart wireless devices can have a tremendous impact.
The use of the internet of things in manufacturing will be more humble, but it is likely to have an impact on how equipment is used and manufacturing processes are controlled. Large industrial plants can now be connected via the new technology and have the ability to run more smoothly and efficiently. Likewise, the smart systems can be used to improve the function of the power grid, with applications ranging from monitoring personal use to overseeing the use of an entire city in order to maximize efficiency.
With all of these far reaching applications, the business examples afforded by this technology are almost mind-boggling and that is true now more than in the information technology field. As a result, IT professionals will have many more opportunities to put their skills to use to help all sorts of businesses take advantage of this exciting new technology.
Rather than dwindling the participation of humans, the Internet of things will only increase the possibilities and this means opening doors for everyone. In order to get this object-to-object communication process working properly, skilled workers will be needed more than ever. It's not the end of human interaction; it's the beginning of a whole new kind of interaction that could lead to many potentially profitable business opportunities.