For example, for many years, light bulbs were simple devices that simply turned on and off. Now that they are part of the internet of things, many of them capable of connecting to Wi-Fi, which allows you to control them remotely using computer or smartphone apps.
In recent years, many smart IoT devices have found a place in both the home and the office. Here are just a few of the many examples of the connectivity built into everyday objects.
- IP cameras upload video footage to the cloud
- Smart sensors can track motion, temperature, and when doors open and close (for example in a server room)
- Connected thermostats let users adjust the temperature remotely
- Wearable devices like smartwatches record vital medical stats
- Connected locks allow or deny entry remotely, even from half a world away
- Smart refrigerators use cameras to show you what's in your fridge
- Cars that track location using GPS, connect to the internet, and allow for remote control
- Projectors and printers that allow users to connect via Wi-Fi
While IoT devices can be useful and convenient, data security has become huge problem in our increasingly connected world. And each additional device that connects to the Internet, whether a PC, smartphone, or internet of things device, adds another potential weak point for hackers to exploit.
Because many IoT devices record and store potentially sensitive data on their owners, privacy is a huge concern with these devices as well. Adding to IoT concerns, your average kitchen appliance manufacturer is probably not very knowledgeable about the finer points of network security. And for many IoT devices, there's no way to patch firmware to fix vulnerabilities. That means that once a hacker figures out to compromise them, certain connected devices might remain insecure forever.
First world problem: Having to get off of your butt to check on an IoT device if the Wi-Fi goes down. The struggle is real...
ComTech has been a trusted partner with dozens of organizations such as yours in Central Texas.
Trained expert team at your side:
ActiveCare™ server monitoring and management teams have developed an extensive knowledge base over the years as we manage many infrastructures around the state.
- 24x7 services:
- The ActiveCare™ team monitors and manages your systems around the clock, 365 days a year.
- Fixed price:
- No surprises at the end of the month; Our fixed pricing means you know exactly how much it’s going to cost you no matter how many issues have been resolved.
- Why waste money investing in software you never use or that is hard to manage? Whether you add a client, retire a server, or close down an office you are only charged for what you’ve used during the agent installation.