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The Next Five Years: What to Expect from the Internet of Things

The future of interconnectivity looks bright! The Internet of Things (IoT) is booming, expected to grow to 34 billion devices by the year 2020 (1). GPS units are among the first examples of these devices with built-in computers that can sense things independent from human input, and that technology is rapidly evolving to include wearable fitness trackers and apps that unlock your door. Many wonder, “What’s next?”

Consumers will have access to 24 billion IoT devices by the year 2020. And $6 trillion in investments will pour into the IoT in the next five years (2), with the real possibility to incorporate tech in a variety of industries soon.

Home Automation

IoT is already making its presence with smart home devices. BI Intelligence predicts that the number of smart home devices will increase from 83 million in 2015 to 193 million devices (3) —including appliances, safety/security systems, and energy equipment—in 2020.

Expect to see homes get smarter, with green home solutions becoming more common and cost-effective. Examples include smart thermostats, appliances and even sprinkler systems.

Smart Cars

Tech evolution drives transportation innovations. Connected cars already exist, and the trend will continue growing. Over 380 million connected cars will be on the road by 2021 (4).

IoT will likely play a big role in the evolution of businesses, including the transportation sector. Smart car production will grow, and Wi-Fi in smart cars will enhance consumer experiences and even help drivers reserve parking spots. The IoT also offers a positive impact on commercial transportation by making it easier to monitor fuel tanks, connect endpoints and improve safety while streamlining manageability and simplifying operations.


We already have wearable technology. In the coming years IoT will transform the way patients and doctors communicate via technology that can read vital signs and monitor conditions. Forbes estimates that the Internet of Things healthcare advancements will reach $117 billion by 2020 (5).

Remote patient monitoring can change the way we handle long-term illnesses. An IoT device belonging to a cardiac patient with an irregular heartbeat might alert their doctor of changes immediately.

Connected devices can monitor patients anywhere. The IoT for health can also create emergency notifications to send to doctors and complete patient charts based on data collected.

Virtual assisted living may transform senior housing by keeping citizens at home longer. Imagine a refrigerator that automatically reorders food, pill bottles that remind you to take and refill medications, and smart tracking devices that transmit information to your doctor.


Beacon technology is poised for growth in the next five years, reaching an estimated 400 million by 2020 (6). Beacons are sensors that pair with mobile apps to push advertisements to customers and monitor shoppers’ behaviors. For example:

Smart price tags changing prices based on demand and sales

Smartphones and wearable technology improving customer experience by scanning items and uploading product information, coupons and reviews

Smart shelves detecting low inventory

Tech Competency Boosts Interconnectivity

As tech integration increases, the IoT is poised to create new ways to connect physical and digital worlds. While the IoT’s growth potential expands, it becomes increasingly important to foster tech competency to keep up with new developments.

Brought to you by DeVry University. In 1931, Herman DeVry founded a university that embraced technology. Today, we are putting technology at the core of our businesstech and healthcare programs, to help prepare our students to solve tomorrow’s problems.







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