Such has been its runaway success and the seemingly endless possibilities of its application, future developments within the Internet of Things(IoT) sphere of interrelated connectivity were unlikely to be disrupted by an unprecedented pandemic which has arguably future proofed its purpose to control devices not previously thought of as ripe for ‘internetization’.
As tentative steps are taken towards a post-Covid world it remains unclear as to how IoT development will continue to be shaped by and during the pandemic and in its aftermath, although an emphasis on wearable technology will continue to develop as users from two very different perspectives, those who have become physically idle during lockdown and their antithesis, will begin/resume their respective fitness journeys, scale back habits to pre-pandemic levels, or continue with their regimen. More time spent in homes will have highlighted the possibilities of the IoT’s use within a domestic setting.
There is almost endless scope for increasing the amount of households who embrace smart technology, if to all intents and purposes that the useful ways it can be utilized domestically have been exhausted or will shortly plateau.
It is within governments and the private sector where the use of the IoT is expected to increase, to ultimately offer greater value for taxpayers and keep pace with competitors. A beleaguered healthcare sector will also seek to learn how the IoT can improve individual and demographic-specific journeys in the wake of the novel coronavirus, during which user need has laid waste to projected budgets and contingency funding.
As more of individual life is opened up to the possibilities of the IoT, its application as a broader remit for use within society must run in tandem with a belt and braces approach to security. Data is power, and money, especially in the wrong hands, and its vulnerability to be compromised remains a stumbling block to winning the hearts and minds of those reluctant to embrace new technologies; if this cannot be overcome at individual level there will be less confidence still that the use of the IoT in extremely sensitive government and healthcare settings will not result in data breaches. As the presence of IoT is felt in more aspects of public and private life its application must not run ahead of an ability to protect users and their privacy. The next five years will see greater use of connected technologies, but endpoint security must not be sacrificed at the expense of breaking new ground.