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In recent years, the Internet of Things has become a highlighted trend in the IT market. As it moves forward, especially since the pandemic, it continues to offer numerous benefits to those who know how to take advantage of it.

The current trend of the Internet of Things

Internet of Things refers to a network of physical objects which have sensors and connect to exchange information with other devices and network systems. This allows for greater efficiency of different processes, and gives contextualised information in real time through connected intelligent devices. These advances optimise the way in which companies and people interact, work and live.

The use of the Internet of Things at home

One of the most attractive uses of this technology is at home, where the connected devices can improve the quality of life, establish more sustainable routines and create more comfortable domestic settings. From sensors to monitor physical activity to intelligent thermostats, there is a wide variety of solutions that allow for the Internet of Things to be a part of the daily life of people in their homes. It is even possible to install devices to practically any object you can imagine, such as lights, blindfolds or clothing, and this way to send information and to convert these objects to intelligent ones.

Benefits of applying Internet of Things at home

The combination of home technologies with the Internet of Things allows to control previously configured elements, which makes it possible to create intelligent or “smart” homes. Here are some examples of using Internet of Things at home:

  1. Security Systems: these can be implemented with a digital fingerprint, connected cameras, automatised alarms, streaming video, amongst other things, to provide greater protection for the home.
  2. Information interchange: the connected devices constantly exchange information to create a personalized lifestyle, optimising the daily routines.
  3. Remote assistance: the connection of devices between doctor and patient improves the quality of life of the elderly who need assistance or live on their own.
  4. Lighting the Internet of Things allows to configure for the lights to be switched on and off, as well as to create personalised lighting settings.
  5. Heating scheduling: the intelligent thermostats offer a more efficient and sustainable energy usage, since these learn the behaviour and can program the suitable temperature for each moment.
  6. Pet control: it is possible to locate and to monitor pets using devices which connect their chip with a mobile phone, including global positioning and activity monitoring.

Risks associated with the use of the Internet of Things at home

Even though the Internet of Things offers many advantages, it also poses some threats regarding privacy, as it needs to collect different information in order to operate effectively. Furthermore, there are risks associated with malware, device theft and ransom.

At Grupo Telecable, we believe that the Internet of Things offers important opportunities for homes, but it is important to be aware of the challenges involved. To understand and to tackle these aspects adequately allows to enjoy the benefits it offers to our daily lives.