To the point that, in the next financial year 2020, there will be more than 26,000 million IoT devices connected to the Internet, according to the latest estimates. Figures that speak of thousands of ongoing projects, hundreds of companies involved and a market in the making rather than promising.
Even other sources double the mentioned figures and there is surely a general consensus that IoT will become one of the technological phenomena of the next decade, with applications in multiple disciplines; from risk reduction to operational improvement or development of new advanced products and services, which also provide confidence to customers.
Its presence will also be visible in multiple sectors, from service or customer service companies to multiple industries, public services, administration, in all types of shops or financial entities, where the data thrown by sensors and connected terminals can be used commercial, for surveillance tasks, better knowledge of customers, air quality control, good use of energy resources or traffic control, among many other possibilities.
Give intelligence to the most everyday things; From the home automation of our house to the robots that we will use at work or the sensors of any car, public lighting or cleaning services, it will take us one day to control everything via this technology backed by the Internet and wireless technology.
It is true that current communication networks must evolve towards the next 5G mobile protocol, due to obvious needs for coverage and benefits superior to those of current mobile technologies. In addition, telecommunications operators must bet on it, just as they once did with 4G and the most powerful smartphones to transmit video in real-time, when SMS was hardly used.
That scenario is closer than ever and most specialists consider that the Tokyo Olympics next summer are the true starting gun for the new mobile generation, which will give life to the most modern developments in the Internet of Things and that later It will generate hundreds of custom applications for each circumstance and development environment.
We will see in a few months a multitude of new initiatives in this field, which provide a connection to very different objects, so that their remote management is possible, at all times and from anywhere.
It will be then that this technology, emerged in MIT laboratories at the beginning of the century, will provoke a great wave of development of projects and products that, with a simple radio tag, can be remotely controlled to make our lives much easier and more productive.