This week, Bangkok is playing host to the sixth annual meeting of the law enforcement joint management group on people smuggling.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the term used to describe the growing number of devices being connected to the internet. Some of the more common IoT devices include home appliances such as Google Home, wearable devices, security cameras and smart meters.It’s been predicted that the number of connected devices was close to 8.4 billion in 2017 and that there will be over 20 billion devices connected by 2020.1 Even though the IoT has been developing since the rise of the internet in the early 1990s, there’s no universally accepted definition. Kevin Ashton, who coined the phrase in 1999, says the IoT is much more than just connected appliances and describes it as a ‘ubiquitous sensor network’ in which automation leads to innovation.2 While there are some justifiable cybersecurity concerns about the IoT, there are also many notable advantages to living in a connected world. The IoT is saving lives through advanced healthcare technology, manufacturers are saving time and money through automation and tracking, and a plethora of home devices are adding value to people’s lives by providing a range of different services.