A new development in the field of electronics is that in the near future all devices will be connected to the internet and to each other, thanks to the Internet of Things.
Previously electronic devices were stand-alone. A TV broadcasted a show, a smoke detector beeped in if there was a fire and a toothbrush… was used to brush teeth with. Now all these stand-alone devices become smarter. They are connected to the internet and can communicate with each other and with you. You can control your TV with your phone, smoke detectors call the fire department when there is a fire and your toothbrush shows you through a smartphone app that you don’t brush your teeth often enough. This is called the ‘Internet of Things’, because things (electronic devices) put data on the internet. Previously internet content was generated by the public by putting websites online and by using social media. Now devices put data on the internet, without human interference.
An example of the Internet of Things is the vibration sensor, developed by Embed Engineering. The sensor is put in people’s homes and detects when their homes vibrate an move. For example if there is an earthquake. Before the Internet of Things existed, a vibration sensor could measure vibrations, but only when you got home, you could see whether your house vibrated or moved. You could see this on the display of the meter.
With the Internet of Things, the possibilities are infinite. The sensor does not have a display anymore, but transfers all the measurement data to a website, through an internet connection. On the website, people can check if their home moves or vibrates. The sensor can also send a notification to a cell phone when a house moves or vibrates, or informs the neighbors so they can see if everything is alright and the sensor can make a map of the affected area, because the sensor is also connected to all the other sensors in the environment.
Thanks to the Internet of Things, in the future we can track and count everything about our environment. This gives people control and information about their living and working environment. In 2020, an estimate of 26 billion devices are connected to each other through internet and through each other. Devices are no longer stand-alone, but are all connected to the internet.
Embed anticipates on this development, by making the electronics that we develop suitable to have an internet connection. We actively participate in brainstorming with clients to make their developments suitable for the Internet of Things.