In a world that is constantly evolving, many people get lost in a sea of fancy names, acronyms, and brands of new technologies: everybody has heard about Big Data, Internet of Things or Blockchain, but very few people actually know what they are; for the rest of people, they are just some technologies that sound cool but that they do not see in real life. In this article, we are going to talk about one of those technologies, the Internet of Things (also called IoT), and its relation with Dark Data.
What about your neighbour’s new home heat system?
We are used to the Internet of today where only computers communicate with other computers. However, we are starting to see a change on this. All of us have a little device in our pockets that is constantly connected to the Internet, sending and receiving data; and what about your neighbour’s new home heat system, that she can control from her smartphone even when she’s not home? And your new always-connected TV? That is the Internet of Things: the connection of everyday objects to Internet to communicate with either people or other objects.
Personally, I believe that IoT will be the future of the Internet: processors are getting smaller and more energy-efficient every day, allowing us to embed a computer and sensors in any object that we may imagine: products in a warehouse to locate them easily, plants in a garden to know about their health, parking spaces in a city to create a real-time map or even rubbish bins that alert when you do not recycle or when they are full.