The Internet of Things (IoT)

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Digital disruption or ‘digitisation’ is increasingly impacting the work of electricians. Demands and expectations are changing, while traditional electrical operating systems are moving from low voltage to ELV and other technologies. Electricians are well placed to take advantage of this change, but most lack the skills required to do so. These emerging technologies are designed with a network focused mind-set. This involves an understanding of networks – both local and cloud; network connectivity; and control through the integration of electronics, software, sensors and actuators.

This innovative training course is being developed with funding from the Victorian Government and its content was developed with the expert input of our project partners – Schneider Electric, Middy’s, Molex, Cisco, Lightmoves
and experienced specialist contractors working in this area.

Course in the Application of Internet of Things for Electricians Coming In 2022Since running successful pilots in 2021, the course has now been accredited by The Victorian Registration and Qualification Authority (VRQA)
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The Internet of Things, or ‘IoT’, refers to the billions of devices around the world that are connected to the internet, all connecting and sharing data. Pretty much any physical object can be transformed into an IoT device if it can be connected to the internet to be controlled or communicate information. A light bulb that can be switched on using a smartphone app is an IoT device, as is a motion sensor or a smart thermostat in your office, or a connected streetlight.

We’re all familiar with the internet which started to work its way into our lives in the mid-1990s. However, at some point in the late 2000s, there came a point in time when more ‘things’ or ‘objects’ were connected to the internet than people.

In 2018, there were 7 billion IoT devices. In 2019 the number of active IoT devices reached over 26 billion. According to some estimates every second there are some 127 new IoT devices connect to the web, with estimates of 50 billion connected devices by the end of this year.

Webinar – IoT for Electricians

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Business or enterprise use of the IoT can be divided into two segments: industry-specific offerings like sensors in a generating plant or real-time location devices for healthcare; and IoT devices that can be used in all industries, like smart air conditioning or security systems.

Consumers purchase more devices, but businesses spend more: one study found that while global consumer spending on IoT devices was around $725bn last year, businesses spending on IoT hit $964bn. By 2020, business and consumer spending world-wide on IoT hardware was forecast to hit nearly $3tn.

For consumers, the smart home is probably where they are likely to come into contact with internet-enabled things, and it’s one area where the big tech companies (in particular Amazon, Google, and Apple) are competing hard.

The most obvious of these are smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo, but there are also smart plugs, lightbulbs, cameras, thermostats, and the much-mocked smart fridge. But as well as showing off your enthusiasm for shiny new gadgets, there’s a more serious side to smart home applications. They may be able to help keep older people independent and in their own homes longer by making it easier for family and carers to communicate with them and monitor how they are getting on. A better understanding of how our homes operate, and the ability to tweak those settings, could help save energy – by cutting heating costs, for example.

Put simply, business and consumer customers increasingly expect to be able to monitor and control equipment and systems in real time from anywhere using their smart phone, tablet or laptop.

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