Curious-sounding acronym – IoT, meaning the Internet of Things has lately been on the tongue of many sources as its popularity has been growing rapidly in the last years. It is not without reason, after all this technology has been gradually incorporated into almost every aspect of our life as well as almost all industries. 

What is IoT? 

The Internet of Things is just an umbrella term referring to systems of objects and devices connected to the internet able to collect, share and transfer data without human intervention and supervision. Its use has numerous benefits like improvement of business efficiency and productivity, cost reduction, upgrading the customer experience and many more about which you can read here:  5 key IoT benefits for business 

Unfortunately, there are also many concerns and some disadvantages of IoT that need to be addressed. 

Security and Privacy 

One of the most important topics in this regard is the data securement during its collection and storing. As IoT solutions gather enormous amounts of information it is reasonable to worry about its safety. Cybersecurity concerns are always brought to attention and the improvement plans are broadly discussed but many times IoT devices are omitted in these discussions. Although some legislations are forming, in comparison to the rise of popularity of such devices the changes are being implemented to slowly.  

As the Internet of Things solutions are becoming more vide spread and the information that it has access to is reaching the personal aspects like for example our medical data, it has to be resistant to any type of cyber-attacks and tampering. 

Fortunately, many of these risks can be lowered or overcame by the implementation of adequate security measures like the use of passwords, firewalls and restricting the use to certain devices. 

The complexity of IoT solutions 

Theoretically, when we know what IoT actually is, it might seem simple to implement these solutions but it is not as easy as it sounds. With the concerns regarding the security and privacy comes the additional technical difficulty of incorporation of new systems. The use of multiple components, bottleneck avoidance, connectivity to multiple sensors and the communication, many times long distance, between different devices adds an entirely different level of difficulty. 

Dependence 

Many of the devices can’t function properly without the connection to power and the internet which forces us to take extra care for these aspects and plan ahead in case of any malfunctions. Any shortage can mess with the overall performance of the system so we have to take that into consideration and prepare a strategy in case of such occurrences. 

No general standards 

Because of IoT’s diverse nature, it is really hard to set up many general standards and regulations. It creates many problems for users mainly in relation to appliance and device compatibility and on a broader spectrum there are a few standardized solutions for manufacturers and other similar professions. Various configurations and hardware structures force us to asses if certain device would work in the exact system that we use. 

Time and expenses of development 

All the things described above prove to be difficult also in relation to IoT software development. For many, the benefits of Internet of Things outweigh the disadvantages of its use and they decide to incorporate this technology into their scope of work. Although it is many times a huge investment and its development consumes a lot of time, the estimations show that the “ IoT revolution” is just getting started and it has already proved to be fruitful with its exponential and rapid rise in popularity and growth rate. 

The other thing, which in our opinion is the most important, is finding the best, and most skilled development team that will focus on battling the disadvantages. 

But if you are here, you don’t need to worry about that, just let us know if you have plans regarding IoT solutions for your company and our specialists will help you from there. 

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