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I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the Internet of Things (IoT) is, even now, lurking ready to take over


your parcular bit of the world.


The classic IoT device is an Internet enabled fridge which has a touchscreen on the front through which you can access the Internet. The suggeson is that it will, in the future, monitor its content and automacally reorder items that are running out. All well and good, but would you let your fridge loose on the Internet with your credit card?


And anyway whilst that might be of help to some, I think it reduces the IoT to some sort of automac supermarket service. Yet it has the potenal to be much more than that and in some cases it already is.


Samsung, for instance, has produced an IoT hub which is capable of connecng to and controlling a large number of devices through a smartphone app. The keen gardeners amongst you may have seen wireless sensors for soil moisture, temperature, etc. already, but there are also applicaons for this technology in ordinary life.


It is perfectly possible to retro fit remote control to many things plugged in to a standard 13amp socket by plugging a smart adapter in, with the device plugged into that. It enables the device to be turned on and off by the smartphone app according to whatever rules you have set up. Possibly to switch lights on when no‐ one is at home in such a way that it looks like someone is home.


Add sensors for movement, temperature, door opening and smart locks and you


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can control an awful lot of your home and even automate it according to rounes. For example, you could create a ‘night’ roune which makes sure all lights and all appliances are off and the doors are locked, with one tap on your smartphone.


In fact, if you can access your network from outside your house, via the Internet, you could do all this from anywhere you have Internet access. No more, ‘Did I leave the cooker on?’ in the rush to leave this morning!


So there you are, the IoT is a connected utopia. Of course I haven’t addressed the thorny issue of security in all of this and I have only begun to scratch the surface of what is possible. The IoT is definitely coming though and I’m sure I will revisit it here again!


Paul Wood


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