According to Gartner, there will be no less than 6.4 billion of connected objects in the IoT by end of 2016 (30% more than in 2015), and 20.8 billion by 2020.
The IoT will influence almost everything. Energy supply will become «smart», as well as production and transport systems, buildings, medical devices, homes, cars and wearables like watches or clothes and much more. Examples in the field of «home automation»: you can now have an app to have a cup of coffee remotely brewed as you like it or you can control your lighting, blinds and air with your smartphone-screen.
This year’s Innovation World Cup in Barcelona awarded two Swiss IoT-Innovations: Kizy, enabling in a simple way a global localization and tracking of objects, and My Lock, a solution transforming smartphones into a virtual key ring for doors, mailboxes and furniture.
Smartphones can play an important role in the IoT: Firstly, as a remote control or for additional services such as spare parts ordering or payments. On the other hand, they can even serve as server/storage platforms wherever network availability and bandwidths and high data sensitivity speak against storing the data in the cloud.
Our conclusion: The IoT will undoubtedly bring us many new amenities and will open new areas of business for many companies. But - as internetsociety.org also writes - it is strewn with many potential pitfalls such as security (cyberattacks) and privacy protection issues.