(888) 955-7767    Get SUPPORT

TMPros Blog

Smartphones Are at the Center of the Internet of Things

Smartphones Are at the Center of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things can be used to create a lot of opportunity for your organization, but there are considerable risks that your business can’t forget about, no matter how tempting it is to take advantage of them. Even though security remains a prime concern for businesses, it’s clear that the Internet of Things isn’t going anywhere. Therefore, you might as well embrace it, or at least prepare for it.

Taking the Internet of Things to New Heights
Smartphones are a perfect example of a device that quickly grows obsolete after only a couple of years. While this means that there is a lot of opportunity to take advantage of great refurbished devices at a discount, there are a lot of other creative ways to take advantage of smartphones as Internet of Things devices. For example, NASA has been using old smartphones for satellite initiatives since 2009, when the PhoneSat Project began. The costs of launching a satellite can be astounding, and that’s not even considering the process and materials used to create them. Instead of building traditional satellites for orbit, NASA has been working on nano satellites that can be built from components found in smartphones.

This initiative has been met with no surprising amount of success. Version 2.4 of PhoneSat, “CubeSat,” came back to Earth on January 31, 2017 after spending over three years in Earth’s orbit. Compared to full-fledged satellites, the small price tag of $8,000 is a miniscule price to pay for the efficiency.

Bringing the IoT Down to Earth
The Internet of Things has uses that are only limited by the imagination of creative and innovative individuals. Samsung Electronics has built a team dedicated to transforming older Galaxy smartphones and turning them into other kinds of IoT devices. This is called Galaxy Upscaling, and it’s being used to create some really interesting things--including a smart fish tank that can feed a fish with a text message, or a smart pet bowl that can send pictures of hungry pets to their owners every time they eat.

Security Concerns
Security is still a major concern for any IoT device, especially those that access sensitive data. IoT devices in particular are known to have less-than-stellar security features, and you can forget about them being reliably updated by developers. Of course, time will tell if these issues become more than a minor annoyance, so it’s best to stay in the know about any developments regarding the Internet of Things.

What are your thoughts on this matter? Let us know in the comments.

Why Managed Services Make More Sense
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Saturday, December 15 2018

Captcha Image

Sign up for our Newsletter!

  • Company Name *
  • First Name *
  • Last Name *

      Mobile? Grab this Article!

      QR-Code dieser Seite

      Tag Cloud

      Security Best Practices Privacy Tip of the Week Technology Small Business Business Computing Ransomware IT Support Saving Money Hardware Passwords Cortana Paperless Office Vulnerability Innovation Backup Managed IT Service Digital Smartphones Business IT Services WannaCry Lead Generation Windows 10 Spyware HIPAA Email Virtualization Internet of Things HP Laptop Websites Hard Drive Safety Virtual Assistant Cybersecurity Server Document Management Marketing Blockchain Processors Communications Malware Tech Term Hybrid Cloud Plug-In Business Continuity Data Management Big Data Technology Tips Streaming Media Access Control IP Address Voice over Internet Protocol Eliminating Downtime Computers Website Office 365 Dongle Ink Error Users Remote Computing Cost Management Company Culture Managed Service Provider Business Intelligence User Tips Miscellaneous Antivirus Router Medical IT Automation Customer Service Wireless Charging Collaboration Troubleshooting Database Proactive IT Certification Tech Terms Upgrade Data Backup Downloads Authentication Mobile Office Network Outsourced IT Hiring/Firing IT budget Domains Bandwidth PowerPoint Mobile Device Android Social Media Telecommute Environment Managing Stress Physical Security Wireless Staff Internet Explorer SaaS Artificial Intelligence Spam Inventory Unified Communications Update Cybercrime Remote Monitoring and Management Holiday Network Attached Storage Backup and Disaster Recovery Trends Authorization Fun Edge Mobile Device Management Information BYOD Employer-Employee Relationship Business Management Public Speaking Mobile Devices Government Sports Touchscreen Internet Smartphone VoIP e-waste Gmail Remote Monitoring Applications Presentation Wi-Fi Cloud Computing Threat GDPR Machine Learning Two-factor Authentication Data Protection RAM Outlook Tactics Compliance Mobility Windows 10 Microsoft Password Computer SSD A.I. Quick Tips Google Save Money Lithium-ion battery Amazon Wireless Internet Managed IT services Data Augmented Reality BDR Microsoft Office 365 Data loss Communication disposal G Suite Hard Drives Wireless Technology 5G Printing Storage VPN Tech Support Mobile Security Productivity Cables Managed Service Alert Regulation Software Efficiency IBM Facebook Movies Disaster Recovery Search Apps Workplace Tips Help Desk IT Management The Internet of Things Productivity Data recovery Connectivity Managed IT Services Hacker Value Bring Your Own Device Profitability Hosted Solutions Hackers Microsoft Office Networking Paper Dark Web Gadgets Network Security Budget Operating System Microsoft Teams Analytics Competition Browser Virus Maintenance Reporting Server Management Customer Relationship Management Twitter Patch Management Printers Cloud