The Internet Of Things (IoT) Has Arrived – What You Should Know

We have entered a new era of scientific breakthroughs and technological applications that will change life as we know it. Accelerated technological development is transforming our civilization. The pace of innovation is growing so rapidly that it is becoming exponential as each year passes.

Futurist Dr. Michio Kaku characterizes this blazing technological shift as moving from the “age of discovery” to the “age of mastery.”

This next decade beckons many new technological discoveries and applications. This includes genetic engineering and regeneration of body parts, new cures for diseases, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, nano-technologies, robotics, ultra-high speed trains and self-driving cars, renewable energies, sustainable agriculture, big data, 3-D Printing, digital security, quantum computing, mobility, and paper-thin flexible personal computers.

If you read the MIT Technology Review on a weekly basis, you will be provided with continual insights into the trends of disruptive transformation. It is also important to know some key stats and terms… and implications of the Internet of Things (IoT):

Some Key IoT Definitions/Stats:

  • IoT refers to the general idea of things that are readable, recognizable, “locatable”, addressable, and/or controllable via the Internet
  • Physical objects communicating with each other
  • People, data, things (machine to machine, machine to people)
  • According to Gartner, there will be nearly 26 billion networked devices on the Internet of Things by 2020
  • Cisco estimates that IoT will be valued at $4.6 trillion for the public sector in the next ten years
  • 604 million users of wearable biometrics by 2019 according to Goode Intelligence

IoT Key Components of IoT: Big Data (and data mining), Sensors (RFID, chips, transistors, analytics (predictive)

IoT Product and Service Applications: Improving government services. Better efficiency and performance via BPO. Smart solutions under budget constraints, scalability; BPO can more rapidly adapt and manage customer service for the exponential growth and magnitude of IoT, risk mitigation. Management/integration. Compliance. Data integrity. Consumer-facing digital government and responding to public need.

IoT Areas of Focus: Facilities & infrastructure management, industrial applications, energy (smart grid), medical & healthcare, transportation, building/construction (smart buildings), environment (waste management), water resources, retail and supply chain, communications, and education (learning analytics).

IoT Technology Trends: Automation, robotics, enabling nanotechnologies, self-assembling materials, artificial intelligence (human/computer interface), 3D Printing Photovoltaics and printed electronics, wearables (flexible electronics),  real-time analytics and predictive analytics, super-computing (faster and more connectivity), increased storage and data memory power, wireless networks, secure cloud computing, virtualization.

IoT Policy IssuesEthics, interoperability protocols, cybersecurity, privacy/ surveillance, complex autonomous systems, best commercial practices.

IoT Benefits: Logistics and situational awareness by monitoring data, i.e. traffic jams, parking management and distributed traffic control. Energy use (utilities). Productivity; manufacturing, logistics, telework. Healthcare; connected devices (wearables) – patient monitoring vital body signs with remote monitoring capabilities. Emergency management; i.e. weather incidents, crow control. Security; cameras, sensors, forensics.

IoT Areas of Impact:

Health & Medicine

  • Health- Implantable devices, bionic eyes, DNA nanomedicines
  • Genomic techniques – Gene therapy (Gene therapy to enhance strength, endurance and lifespan gene therapy to enhance human intelligence)
  • Remote sensing tech
  • Medicine for longevity, enhancement
  • Real-time biomarker tracking and monitoring
  • Artificially grown organs human regeneration (regrow lost limbs in months)
  • Life expectancy doubles
  • Human cells interfaced with nanotech MNT repair of physical trauma, almost no deaths once injured and then get MNT treatment (EMT or hospital) MNT repair of cellular damage MNT able to replace various organs MNT able to enhance body functions, cybernetics
  • Exoskeletons for mobility


  • Sustainability of infrastructure
  • Converged transportation ecosystems and monitoring
  • Autonomous and connected cars
  • Predictive analytics(parking, traffic patterns)


  • Solar power
  • Waste to biofuels
  • Protecting the grid
  • Batteries (long lasting)

Law Enforcement and Public Safety: 

  • Surveillance (chemical and biosensors, cameras, drones)
  • Forensics
  • Interoperable communications
  • Security screening by bio-signature: Every aspect of your physiology can be used as a bio-signature. Measure unique heart/pulse rates, electrocardiogram sensor, blood oximetry, skin temperature


  • Mobile payments
  • Mobile banking
  • Identity management
  • Biometric Security: Access control facial recognition, voice recognition, iris, and retina scanners, fingerprint sensors on tablets and smartphones – pass keys


  • Aquafarming
  • Water purification
  • New food manufacturing and production tech
  • Food security

Editor’s Note: This Article originally appeared on Wavefront and is featured here with permission from the Author.


Chuck Brooks
Chuck Brooks
Chuck Brooks is a globally recognized thought leader and evangelist for Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies. LinkedIn named Chuck as one of “The Top 5 Tech People to Follow on LinkedIn”. He was named by Thompson Reuters as a “Top 50 Global Influencer in Risk, Compliance,” and by IFSEC as the “#2 Global Cybersecurity Influencer” in 2018. He is also a Cybersecurity Expert for “The Network” at the Washington Post, Visiting Editor at Homeland Security Today, and a Contributor to FORBES. In government, Chuck has received two senior Presidential appointments. Under President George W. Bush Chuck was appointed to The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the first Legislative Director of The Science & Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. He also was appointed as Special Assistant to the Director of Voice of America under President Reagan. He served as a top Advisor to the late Senator Arlen Specter on Capitol Hill covering security and technology issues on Capitol Hill. In local government, he also worked as an Auxiliary Police officer for Arlington, Virginia. In industry, Chuck has served in senior executive roles for General Dynamics as the Principal Market Growth Strategist for Cyber Systems, at Xerox as Vice President & Client Executive for Homeland Security, for Rapiscan and Vice President of R & D, for SRA as Vice President of Government Relations, and for Sutherland as Vice President of Marketing and Government Relations. In academia, Chuck is Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University’s Applied Intelligence Program and graduate Cybersecurity Programs where he teaches courses on risk management, homeland security, and cybersecurity. He was an Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University where he taught a graduate course on homeland security for two years. He has an MA in International relations from the University of Chicago, a BA in Political Science from DePauw University, and a Certificate in International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law.

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