The internet of things (IoT) refers to the millions of physical devices around the world that are all linked up to the internet. These devices range from your average computer, to your televisions, cell-phones, Alexa, and now even include household items such as toasters, refrigerators and coffee makers. Basically, if it’s connected to the internet, it’s a part of the IoT. This article will focus on 3 predictions that are likely to materialize in 2019 for the internet of things.
1. IoT Cyber Crime Will Become Even More Prevalent
How secure is your toaster? The answer may scare you. By 2020, most crimes will be digital. However, as we’re still in 2019, cyber crimes are still on the rise and security is becoming more important than ever. According to Fresno IT Support company BCT Consulting, as more devices with less security connect to the internet, cyber security will become an ever-growing threat to the average person.
2. The IoT Will Dramatically Expand in Terms of Finance and Data
On January 3rd, 2019 the International Data Corporation released its annual forecast that the IoT would become a $745 billion market in 2019. As of now, the numbers align. What this means for the average person is that more and more devices will start to connect to wifi. These surges in investments have already started to materialize with “smart” luggage carriers that follow you around the airport, “smart” trash cans that can open when you’re near, and even “smart” refrigerators that order food on your behalf.
In 2019, smart technology will become cheaper to integrate into daily items causing the IoT to further expand. Additionally, new innovations will lead to new items making their way into the IoT. Soon, the majority of your appliances will be a part of the IoT.
3. 5G Networks Will Enhance the Most Advanced IOT Devices
How much data does your toaster really need to pass on? Not that much. Self-driving cars and AI, on the other hand, are a completely different story. In 2019, the integration of 5G networks will accelerate technological developments. AI will be able to operate even faster and self-driving cars will expand their technological scope.
If you’re wondering why this matters then look to China. China’s been faster than the U.S at integrating 5G networks and their advancements have been leaving the U.S in the dust. International pressure to develop our network systems will further drive and accelerate 5G deployment as well as the devices that operate on them.