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Internet of Things

It’s hard to imagine a time when we weren’t connected to the outside world. For more than 20 years the Internet has been there for us. Improvements in technology year after year has meant better ways to stay connected and get valuable information out to the masses.

In 1999, the Internet of Things was created. IoT goes beyond the typical devices you’d expect like smartphones, tablets, and computers. Vehicles, appliances, and microchips created for animals all fall into the IoT category. All told, hundreds of billions of devices can connect to each other and become an ‘intelligent system of systems.’ This network can improve lives in countless ways.

The medical industry benefits from IoT by improving outcomes for patients seeing treatment. Manufacturing has been changed by creating better products at a less expensive rate. Shopping has been much easier and more enjoyable for some consumers. Energy production and consumption have also been optimized by the Internet of Things.

IoT can impact entire cities in a matter of seconds. Many metropolitan areas now have smart traffic cameras set up on busy roads and highways. These cameras monitor for accidents, congestion and weather conditions. The information collected by the one camera is shared to a gateway that then combines with other cameras and creates a citywide intelligent traffic system. Those road reports then get shared with other citywide networks like bus lines, airports and subway systems.

You can expect the Internet of Things to become even more sophisticated in the years to come. More and more people are staying connected via smart devices and will come to expect companies to be able to keep up with the trend.

Typically speaking most of the IoT devices don’t use a whole lot of bandwidth. But as more devices go online, more bandwidth will be needed. Networks will have to be prepared for this growing trend. For example, experts predict that anywhere from 25 to 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. Just four years ago, a family of four had an average of 10 connected devices. That number is expected to increase to 50 by 2022. That’s just consumer usage and doesn’t take into account the business usage.

So for IoT to work, reliable networks are a must. That’s where Clearwave Communications comes into the equation. Our connections are stronger than most because of our fiber optic lines. Therefore keeping you and your business connected to a network that won’t give up on you!

To learn more about the services Clearwave Communications can offer your business, call 877-552-9284.