The Increase in the Internet of Things (IoT)

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We’re all aware that the Internet of things (IoT) is increasing rapidly around us, therefore we thought we would let you know a little bit more about it! Not only is it bringing a lot of opportunities and potential for companies, but it also brings increased security risks with it.

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Forbes says that the Internet of Things is a giant network of connected “things”, including people.

Gadgets are becoming more and more intelligent, due to increased computing capabilities. As well as this, the development of vehicles and transport systems are increasing rapidly, in order to help us drive safer, be more efficient and reduce the risks when travelling. We are even seeing self-driving cars on our roads!

But what are the benefits of IoT?

There are many benefits of IoT, for example: making our lives easier, and safer. Our gadgets and connected items are constantly collecting information, to help us with better decision making and provide us with intelligent advice, for example: the smart car, and smart home.

New cars have hundreds of sensors that gather information when we use it. The data can be used for a range of purposes such as: minimising costs and reducing risks - this is called telematics. Fleet Management systems are using data from the on board computer (usually through the OBD/CAN bus) with information from GPS trackers and other administrative systems. The data is useful in understanding the options in reducing traffic risks and predicting events that might affect the driver and fleet manager. Managing vehicles has now become a lot easier, being able to save time, money and the environment with the correct system in use.

Although the IoT is consuming a lot of time in our daily lives, the value of information security is on the increase. IoT includes a lot of data which should be protected by the suppliers. Of course companies and consumers are able to do their research when choosing a supplier, in terms of how the supplier focusses on information security and how the data is protected.