Learn about the Internet of things (IoT), and how this platform can help manage energy use.
Learn about the Internet of things (IoT) which is defined as a network of physical objects or things that are embedded with technology to enable connection and exchange of data. Students will explore how the IoT can be used in our lives and how smart technology can save energy.
Make an IoT map
Students can participate in these activities in school or at home.
With wireless home networks, we can monitor and adjust everything from heating in our homes to our security systems with a few taps and a swipe within an app. Experts say it gives us greater control, offers increased home security, and can even help us cut back on our energy costs. For energy savings consider smart thermostats and lighting. For home safety consider devices which set off an alarm in the event of a fire. For home security consider smart deadbolt door locks and alarm systems.
Use of IoT and smart devices has a role in the education system in many areas like monitoring of student progress, interactive smart boards, managing energy and safety. Cost and security, however, are two barriers for IoT adoption in schools. For more information, check out this article.
The IoT is fast becoming integrated into the way people live and connect. There are many advantages but there are also issues that need addressing like security, regulation, compatibility, bandwidth and customer expectations. The tech industry, government and consumers will all play a role in solving these issues to make the IoT a benefit for society in many areas including energy conservation, safety, health and entertainment.
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