Is the Internet of Things ready for a IP address uptick?

October 15th, 2014 by

The Internet of Things is growing at a rapid rate. Gone are the days that only a computer and maybe a network printer is connected to a network. Mobile phones, MP3 players, and even smart coffee makers and thermostats are finding their way inside homes and organizations.

All of these like that original computer require an IP address to connect to the Internet and become accessible. So could the Internet of Things be creating as many problems as the products coming from the movement are trying to solve? Is a trade off at hand?

Companies and Internet providers are finding themselves coming up short handed as the Internet of Things or IOT for short is causing mass consumption of something already in short supply in the IPv4 range. A recent report claims that with computers, mobile phones, and tablets taken away – other things like refrigerators and wearable tech will climb to 26,000,000,000 by the year 2020. Yes that is billion if you are counting zeros.

That number represents a 30% increase compared to the last 5 years. This trend of things is coming from business mostly, with allocations to security cameras and smart devices for inventory control.

The home industry takes the rest with their own security systems and smart appliances that can be controlled from work or while on the road.

IOT was meant to drive innovation and efficiency. And it is in a quicker form, creating new problems along the way as the idea and products being developed are meant to solve their own problems. A sort of trade off is occurring for enterprise networks and home owners as everyone joins the Internet of Things.