Internet of things is everything connected to everything via the Internet. Its your smartphone communicating with your laptop, TV, thermometer, work computer, projector, monitor, watch, shoes, home thermometer, home appliances, car and much more. The Internet of things is also applicable to so many different things such as your personal lifestyle and health, agriculture, finance, and office productivity. There are many different estimates about the growth of the Internet of Things. In one study conducted by MIT Review, it’s estimated that by 2020, approximately 26 billion objects will be linked together in the Internet. That is a significant increase from 12 billion things connected to the Internet in 2010, and approximately 18 billion things that are connected to the Internet today in 2015.
One big issue concerning the Internet of Things is communication amongst the different things connected to the Internet. How is it that an iPhone is going to be able to communicate with a Samsung TV and an LG fridge and a Toyota car? Another issue regarding the Internet of Things is security. With so much news appearing about hackers being able to steal private information from companies via the Internet, many individuals and companies have the challenge of being able to protect the data of their company and customer information. In addition, a lot of data is also collected through the Internet, so the companies who protect the privacy of their own customers will be rewarded.
Most importantly, in your office almost every employee has their own smartphone, and large corporations typically provide computers to their employees as well. How will you protect your company’s data when your employees start to access your company’s data on their own smartphone? Many of these questions are still to be determined, but many employees who bring their own device (BYOD/bring your own device) to work will change the way technology is used in the office, and security for the use of technology in the office for employees who bring their own technological devices to work will be paramount.
Employees will also be bringing many more of their own personal devices with them into your office spaces, meeting rooms, conference rooms, and boardrooms. How is it in 2015 that we are not able to instantly share what’s on our personal laptop instantly to the biggest screen in the meeting room wirelessly? There are a few technologies trying to fulfill this need, but one excellent up and coming solution that wirelessly connects devices in boardrooms to large monitors, TV screens and projectors is Ubiq. Ubiq is a start-up out of Waterloo, Ontario in Canada, and is on a mission to make wireless presentations easy. To learn more about how Ubiq can help your company present wirelessly, click below.