The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things

You’ve heard of the Internet of Things (IoT)! In 2015, there were reportedly 20 billion devices online. By 2020, that number will balloon to 50 billion. I’m certainly doing my part to help us get there.

The first “thing” that I added to the IoT was a gardencam. I garden because it brings a feeling of peace and serenity. It also provides a connectedness with the earth, something that’s easy to lose in a technological world. I make wine from grapes – not from kits – for the same reason. Yesterday, while staking up my 10 heirloom tomato plants, I snacked on fresh arugula, peppers with just a hint of heat, and the season’s first raspberry. It’s a total miracle that food just pops out of the ground.

When traveling, which I do most weeks, I can access some (sadly not all) of my garden’s peace and serenity remotely via the gardencam. I have a videocam positioned in the window of my third-floor home office pointed towards my garden. With remote access, I can view my garden from anywhere on the planet (assuming I have Internet access) and actually direct the camera to pan left and right, up and down.

Let’s say I’m traveling during the winter and my furnace fails. Of course, I don’t want the water pipes in the house to freeze and burst. So I have a weather station connected to the IoT, monitoring temperature (indoors and outdoors), humidity, rainfall, barometric pressure and the like. If the indoor temperature goes below 55 degrees (AKA because the furnace fails), my weather station sends a text alert to my phone. That gives me 23 degrees of margin to get a technician onsite.

But I’m traveling so access to the furnace (inside the house) must be a problem? Au contraire.

My automatic garage door system is now connected to the IoT. From my iPhone, I can open and close my garage door from anywhere in the world. When the repair person gets to the house, “Just text me and I’ll open the garage for you.” By the way, as a handy side feature, if I leave my garage door open for more than 10 minutes, because I’ve driven off and forgotten to close it, the garage door sends me a text alert to remind me to do so.

Back to my hypothetical furnace repair. Won’t opening the entry door (inside the garage or anywhere else in the house) set off the house alarm and call the police. Well, yes it would if my alarm system was not part of the IoT. But since it too is now online, I can activate and deactivate my alarm via my smartphone. For extra security, I’ve configured my alarm app so that my fingerprint is required for such actions, so a lost smartphone does not create an additional vulnerability. Even better, I always have my fingerprint with me and therefore don’t need to remember a password.

There are 30 billion other things that will soon join my devices online. I can’t wait to try the next one.

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