The Internet of Things, more commonly referred to as IoT is a network of physical objects, that are embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies for the purpose of connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems over the internet. Thus far, the internet’s primary function is communication. The internet has allowed users to be more accessible to and connected with one another. The IoT extends this purpose of connection—to the non-human, making the world more hyperconnected than ever before. With this landscape constantly evolving it is important to stay ahead of the curve.
So, what can we expect to see in 2022?
Concerns about Cyber Security
While this massive increase in IoT devices will undoubtedly drive innovation within countless industries, it will also come with new threats and security concerns. It’s not uncommon in broader IoT scenarios to have older IoT devices that are running older firmware or embedded OS that is not patched – and in a complex network of connected devices, if one device is compromised, every other device it communicates with faces potential vulnerability. IoT devices that are compromised can participate in denial-of-service attacks that are focused on other enterprise applications and infrastructure.
This is driving focus on how we assess, secure, manage and respond to security in the IoT landscape. Many new tools and systems have emerged to counter this problem but integrating them into the broader security architecture may be challenging. Cybercriminals typically exploit these vulnerabilities so this is important to keep watch on in 2022.
From smartwatches to virtual reality headsets, countless businesses are already taking advantage of this wearable tech trend. For instance, fitness and lifestyle companies have adopted these devices by utilizing integrated health monitoring options. The healthcare industry will also benefit from these advancements by tracking and monitoring patient medical data in real-time.
A large percentage of traditional wearable technology has been in the consumer space – but more and more opportunities exist to integrate this into the enterprise landscape – consumer VR, health devices integrating into workplace analytics. BYOC meets IoT.
As companies continue to expand 5G availability, these efforts will empower businesses to develop services that would have otherwise been uneconomical and logistically difficult. In 2022, the faster data transfers, increased coverage, and energy efficiency of 5G networks will become the primary catalyst of IoT growth and advancement, driving future developments within the field.
Medical technology retailers can expect hands-free IoT product offerings that use edge computing and advanced sensor techniques like radar to monitor chronic health issues. Away from medical devices, the hands-free operation is set to enhance a whole range of smart home technologies as vendors look to actuate a more holistic approach.
Remote IoT with Satellite Connectivity
Some IoT scenarios – like crop management, herd monitoring and the like occur in remote locations. And while it’s always been possible to employ remote connectivity solutions to connect edge IoT devices – it has been expensive and complex to integrate, thus creating a higher barrier to entry, A combination of more accessible global networks like SpaceX’s Starlink network, and out of the box integration with public cloud is dropping the price of entry for these scenarios. New possibilities to leverage IoT to transform processes and understanding will result.
Renewed Focus on Smart Spaces
The global pandemic took some focus away from the advances in smart workplaces, but health and wellbeing considerations and a focus on managing hybrid workplaces are ensuring that interest in IoT in the workplace has returned. Integrating cloud services like Microsoft 365 and office sensors – Wifi, occupancy sensors, and building systems is unlocking new ways to do this intelligently.
The Internet of Things is a journey that many businesses are taking to keep up with the demands of the digital age. Business leaders who know how to make the most of IoT will thrive in this modern market. The many advantages, innovations, and improvements are key to ensuring the future success of businesses and organisations.
If you are uncertain about your Journey to IoT, or how to make the most of this expanding sector in your business, MOQdigital is always here to help. If this is something you are interested in and believe your business would benefit from, please feel free to contact us today.