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A History of IoT and What It Means for Ireland

In a three-part series for Irish Tech News, Togán Labs founder Beth Flanagan looks at the fundamentals of the Internet of Things.

IoT: Hype or Revolution?

Many of our team at Togán Labs have been embedding programmable compute technology into new devices for decades: making them smarter, connecting them together and enabling increased levels of intelligent automation. Take the telephone or TV, both of which are unrecognisable from the way we used these devices just a ten or fifteen years ago.

In this sense, we are in the middle of a slow technology evolution, rather than a revolution.

The next phase of IoT is almost more philosophical than technical. It is about how we can completely re-imagine what the devices in all areas of our lives actually are, what they do, and what they mean to us?

Car on the highway. IoT does mean self-driving cars, but also a whole heap more.
Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash

IoT does mean self-driving automobiles. But before we get there, it means a whole heap of other, perhaps less headline-grabbing, but probably more profound changes.

Another area where we are already seeing rapid change through IoT and automation is in agri-tech. Dublin-based Research and Markets predicts the global market for IoT in agriculture to reach $28.65 Billion by 2023, and this is an area where many Irish firms are already leading the way.

Read more on IRISH TECH NEWS: https://irishtechnews.ie/iiot-ireland-internet-of-things-a-history-of-iot/

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