These are the 5 Biggest IoT Trends in 2022

The Internet of Things (IoT), is a term used to describe the complex ecosystems of connected online devices that we share our world with. This odd name is due to the fact the original iteration was a network of computers connected. The internet expanded to include phones, scanners and office equipment such as printers and scanners. The internet of “things” allows us to connect almost any device that we have in our homes, offices or factories, as well as just what we wear on our bodies, online.

The IoT trend is driving society’s digitization and datafication in new and exciting ways. These networks of connected objects make it possible to create self-driving cars and autonomous manufacturing robots as well as remote medical devices that allow doctors to diagnose patients and perform surgery. Ericsson estimates that there will be approximately 29 billion connected devices to the internet by 2022. Let’s now take a look at the key drivers and innovations that will be driving this field in 2022.


IoT for healthcare

It’s not surprising that healthcare is one of the most important areas of IoT development. It’s a wide use case, covering everything from surveillance of social distancing to monitoring lifestyles, and the adoption of remote healthcare and telemedicine. Many medical equipment such as insulin pumps, blood pressure monitors, heart rate monitors, wheelchairs and defibrillators are now connected. This allows them to gather data that can be used to aid doctors in better understanding patient conditions and lifestyles.

Healthcare IoT devices enable medical professionals to gather data about patients without the risk of bringing in large numbers of potentially contagious people. They are not only useful for pandemic response, but they allow doctors to examine, diagnose, and treat more patients.


Security

The number of connected devices to the internet is increasing rapidly, which means that there are more ways for hackers and exploiters to take advantage of our technology. Cyber-attacks are growing in number and severity every year. Kaspersky security researchers estimate that there were 1.5 Billion attacks on IoT devices in the first half 2021. This trend will only accelerate in 2022. Because IoT devices are not as secure than devices like smartphones or computers, they can be used as access points for our personal networks. The IoT’s “things”, which can be very small and light, are a threat vector. Unauthorized users may gain physical possession of the devices. There are signs that manufacturers are beginning to improve their handling of devices shipped with default passwords. Consumers are also becoming more aware of the dangers. Common attacks include overloading systems with connection requests and causing them to fail to deliver data. Or “hijacking”, compute power from devices. This can be used to create botnets to attack other systems or to mine cryptocurrencies. IoT is not just a security risk. It also provides data about network traffic and usage that can be used to fuel algorithms that can be used to prevent and detect cyber attacks.


Edge IoT

Edge computing is a part of the IoT. It is simply building devices that have on-board analytics so that computing can be done as close to the source as possible. This is only true in cloud computing where data is collected using essentially “dumb”, such as microphones or basic cameras, and sent to cloud computing to be analysed. Edge devices employ smart sensors, such as cameras with computer vision capabilities and microphones with natural-language processing functions. This has the obvious advantage of allowing computation to occur much faster and also reducing data transmissions to the cloud, which reduces network congestion. Another advantage is that if devices are collecting personal data, users can rest assured knowing they will be able to access the insights without having to give it away. This is due to the fact that computer power is becoming more accessible in smaller, more powerful devices. As more companies look to hybrid cloud ecosystems for IoT services, edge computing will be an important component of the solution in 2022. Edge computing is required to provide fast and secure insights.


IoT for Business and Industry

The IoT, also known as the “industrial Internet”, has enormous implications for how we produce goods, provide services, sell products to customers, and follow up with support. The availability of IoT infrastructure and robotics “as-a service” will allow more small businesses to benefit from the IoT opportunities in 2022. Smart factories and logistics plants have become increasingly automated. Companies can integrate IoT automation into their business models to gain a better understanding of their operations. Wearable devices like augmented reality and VR headsets can be used in a variety of applications, such as training and maintenance of equipment and simulating them using “digital twin” methods. IoT technology is used in manufacturing to monitor and predict failures. This allows for more efficient replacement and repair of faulty equipment. IoT tools also include the new field of additive manufacturing, such as 3D printing. This will allow for more innovative ways to create and build products and allows for greater customization and personalization while minimizing waste.


IoT to Resilient Organizations

After the unimaginable disruptions of the past two decades, resilience is high on the agenda. IoT technology offers great opportunities to create more resilient and disaster-resistant organisations. This covers more than security, which is covered above. It also includes provisions like ensuring that a business has the skills to cope with widespread change, such as the shift from home and remote work we saw in 2020-2021, and ensuring it doesn’t lose out to market activity.

IoT can help increase supply chain resilience by monitoring inventory movement between businesses, their suppliers, and customers. This allows for anticipating delays and providing contingency in the event of global problems. You can use monitoring tools to track staff movements and monitor workforce efficiency to help you understand the workplace and predict where there may be problems. IoT solutions that help companies react and predict disruptions from multiple sources will continue to be a major source of innovation in 2022 and beyond.

These and other future trends can be found in my books Business Trends in Practice: 25+ Trends that are Redefining Organizations, and Tech Trends in Practice : 25 Technologies Driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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