"Make no mistake sensors will drive the next generation user experiences. 2020 is when IoT will see a boom." -Prof. Rupali Mishra (BSc.I.T. Coordinator)
Internet of Things, or IoT as it is popularly known, has gone on to become one of the hottest catchwords in the tech industry for 2017. For anything to become a catchword, three things should be in place — applications, jobs and global recognition. IoT over the last few months has clearly met these criteria. There are uncountable number of IoT applications floating around in the world. Consequently, jobs are growing and companies — big and small — are implementing IoT for the long term.
Growth Of IoT The oldest and the most humble beginning of IoT probably lies in Bluetooth technology, that leverages the power of short-range radio waves to transmit data to and from a device. Today, IoT is the technology that lets you connect everything from your home security system, lighting, music, television — all from the central processing unit through your Smartphone. IoT as a technology is only bound to grow in the months to come with more and more devices make way into the ecosystem.
The Tech Behind IoT While from the outside, IoT might seem like a simple, straightforward concept, there are many technical layers to it. In layman terms, IoT is a web of physical objects that are connected to the internet and controlled remotely. In technical terms, this translates to collecting large amounts of unstructured data, analyzing them, and then predicting future behaviors. This, in turn, involves multiple network protocols, frameworks, and languages. The job of a typical techie who is involved in an IoT project will involve implementing codes, data extraction, modeling of extracted data, managing files over the network, server management and many more elements before finally creating an application.
Where Are The IoT Jobs? IoT has spreaded into pretty much every job role remotely connected with IT, but you need to acquire specific skills on top of your regular tech competency in order to ride the IoT career wave. Some of the highest paying and most sought-after job titles these days are; IoT Solutions Architect, IoT Cloud Architect, IoT Systems Engineer, IoT Security Developer, among others. For the more experimental and R&D driven folks, there are jobs like IoT Research Analyst, IoT Development Lead and the likes. Also, do look out for IoT innovation labs and Center of Excellence wings of IT companies for different industry domains. Government bodies and associations are dedicating themselves to IoT as well. One of the popular ones is NASSCOM’s IoT Center of Excellence based in Bangalore, that also acts as an incubation center for entrepreneurial start-ups. Future Of IoT When we mention IoT, we are staring at something that will add multiple billions to the global technology industry in less than three years. It is also estimated that the three big cats of the industry — manufacturing, logistics, and utilities — will contribute to 50% of all IoT innovation during this time. This, besides the more consumer-driven applications and offerings that are being created by the ecosystem every single day. Indeed, we are in for good times with IoT!