The Internet of Things (IoT) is a generic term covering all IP-enabled devices that ‘talk’ to you and each other. The smarter our homes are becoming, the more of these devices we’re using.
Future benefits of the IoT
Whilst, at the moment, smart appliances are in their infancy, the good news is that in the future, in order to meet our energy commitment targets, we can use the connectedness of the IoT to deal with UK-wide surges in electricity. This means we will no longer have to rely on non-renewable energy as a back-up to help pick up the slack.
It has, for instance, been discovered that freezers can be safely switched off for 15 minutes or so without any drop in temperature and therefore no danger to the food stored in it. If all our freezers were connected via IoT then, when there is a surge in electricity demand, the Grid could simply divert power from the nation’s freezers for a few minutes in order to balance the supply.
The IoT will be introducing a lot of cool things in the future which we will all be able to benefit from if we’re clever about it.