The Internet of Things is becoming reality – and everyday items are getting an intelligent upgrade in the process. This means that industry is also about to face Revolution 4.0. What will our world look like in ten years?
Much has been said in recent years about the Internet of things (IoT). We couldn’t always imagine in concrete terms what this digital revolution was going to look like. But it is slowly becoming clear how networked things will shape our daily lives in the future, as more and more developers are demonstrating the form our networked reality will take in the “Internet of Things” thanks to their innovations. One thing, meanwhile, is certain: the Internet of Things will impact every part of our lives. In both big and small ways. Everyday items will become smart objects – intelligent objects that possess capabilities beyond their original purpose, due to embedded information technology.
The real and virtual world blend together
In the process, the gap between the real and virtual world will ultimately be closed. How might that look? The smart home of the future, for example, will be completely fine-tuned to our individual needs. All devices will interact with each other and ensure the perfect ambience even before we get home. Smart home applications will know what temperature we like best, our preferred music and how we like our home to be illuminated. IoT developers are now working worldwide to develop platforms for smart home applications. So in the future we will have an overview of all of our home applications on our mobile phone display.
Our car of the future
And all of this will even be possible from our cars as we make our way home from work. Our car of the future will be a full-fledged communication and entertainment center from which we will be able to perfectly control the described operations. We won’t have to do all of the driving in the future – our car will handle that itself. Automated driving might still be the exception on the roads today. But you only need to look at the roads of California, where autonomous vehicles are already underway, to realize that in ten years, automated driving will be just as much a part of our daily lives as the use of mobile Internet is today.
Smart networking concepts for industry
IoT will significantly impact our everyday lives in other areas as well. Industry is likewise about to undergo a revolution with smart networking concepts – especially in the increasingly important area of logistics. Or more precisely: container logistics. Containers are used to transport goods via water, road and air. It is difficult for logistics companies to consistently maintain control over the position and condition of cargo. In the case of high-value goods, it therefore makes sense to equip each container with an IoT device that regularly reports the location and condition of the associated container through the Internet. This way, nothing gets lost during transport.
As a result, in the future we will be in control during transport and in more or less all other areas of our networked lives.