Not long ago cloud computing and "bring your own device" to work began to change the way businesses and individuals used technology. This is now expanding to include the concept of the "Internet of Things" (IoT).
SAP's Pfungwa Serima says the Internet of Things will have a major impact on consumers. Image: BizNis AfricaIoT is described as a network of devices, or "things", that have embedded technology to enable them to interact with each other. It includes objects or devices like security systems, thermostats, electronic appliances, lights in homes, medical devices, alarm clocks, cars and vending machines.
IoT can, for example, connect a machine that captures your blood pressure and sends it directly to your doctor's smartphone.
Vehicles and appliances will soon have the ability to monitor themselves and let their owners know when they require a service, says Pfungwa Serima, SAP Africa CEO, in a press release.
In a report by
Chinese consumers are most convinced: 84% believe that is a likely outcome. In SA, this figure is 60%.
Security and privacy protection needed
The IoT market is expected to hit
IoT objects have the ability to change the state of the environment around them, or even their own state,
For example, it could raise the temperature of a room automatically once a sensor has determined it is too cold for you. Or it could adjust the flow of fluids to a patient in a hospital bed, based on information from the patient's medical records.
Business drives adoption
Though IoT is still in its early stages, Hutton told the Financial Mail that business can drive its adoption.
"For example, some car insurance companies already offer free installation of a device to monitor driving behaviour and reward good driving," he said.
A"s with all new technology, the risk or inadequate security is a concern. Devices or equipment that can connect to the Internet can be hacked or controlled from a different location and changed accordingly," Thulin said
Security ignored in rush to get products to market
He warns that new measures are needed to protect the data that the devices create.
"IoT promises many benefits for end users, but also presents grave security and data privacy challenges", says Hutton.
He says crossing these hurdles will require the "clever" application of security technologies.
According to the report, consumers are aware of the risk. Most respondents to
"We've already witnessed instances of hackers exploiting security holes in smart TVs and baby monitors, and more," Thulin says,
O'Reilly says companies that design and build IoT devices should apply security practices and protocols that will update and patch the security [systems] the devices use.
"There is no doubt that the IoT could have an enormous impact and radically alter our lives for the better.
"However, to ensure it doesn't become more of a hindrance than a help, security must be built in from the start, giving consideration to each component, how it will be used, and what sort of data it will contain.
"If nothing else, the last few years have shown us the hard way that security must be built in, not thrown in as an afterthought," O'Reilly says.
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