The Pros and Cons of Owning IoT Devices in the Philippines
What are the pros and cons of owning your own IOT devices in the Philippines?
- Automation of redundant tasks
- Interconnectedness of devices
- Personalized convenience
- Incompatibility between brands
- Network reliance
- Privacy and security
The Philippines is slowly joining the group of countries that make use of IoT devices on a daily basis. As time goes on and IoT devices in the Philippines become more commercialized, it becomes more and more accessible to multitudes of people! With the Internet of Things enveloping more than just your average household items and appliances, it’s applications become virtually limitless, extending to industrial equipment and commercial software for a more interconnected system.
But of course, IoT devices are not without their pros and cons. Everything has their ups and downs. With that being said, even the latest in IoT devices have their own advantages and disadvantages to take note off. So if you plan on buying an IoT device, or you already have one set up at your home, keep in mind that you shouldn’t just look at what they can bring you, but also the possible cons of having one!
To enlighten you further, here’s a general list of the pros and cons of owning an IoT device in the Philippines!
Automation of Redundant tasks
The primary reason why people choose to buy IoT devices is the fact that it makes a person’s life easier by simply automating the daily tasks that would usually take a significant chunk out of your day. Examples of this automation would be the automatic sensing of your refrigerator that you’re low on milk or other food, so it would automatically contact the nearest supermarket to order some, all the while informing you that it’s doing so.
Interconnectedness of Devices
The Internet of Things is basically a concept that talks about the interconnectedness of different household items. With that in mind, each device is capable of connecting to another one, creating an invisible connection that can be used to make certain activities much easier. For example, your air-conditioning unit, television, and indoor lights are all connected with an app in your phone that tracks your whereabouts whenever you go to work. When you reach a certain distance to your house, your AC will automatically turn on, your TV will switch to your favorite channel, and your lights automatically will be turned on—all depending on your pre-programmed preferences!
It leaves no room for disappointment and allows you to focus on personal relaxation!
If it wasn’t obvious enough in the first two points, IoT devices are manufactured to bring about a certain level of convenience to those who use them. All IoT devices have settings that are customizable, perfect for adding hints of personalization. They can range from your preferred temperature at this time, to how hot you want your shower to be.
The interesting part about IoT devices is that the more frequent you use them, the more they react in favor of what you want. Some IoT devices ask for your permission particularly in the storing and usage of the data you provide to them. This data is used to feed you with features and options that might suit your taste. In a way, these IoT devices find ways to adapt to how the user wants them to!
Incompatibility Between Different Brands
As of the moment, there isn’t any international standard when it comes to the programming or network use of IoT devices. Multiple companies, big and small, are still competing for whichever will be the one above them all. This disadvantage may fall off in the near future when the manufacturers agree on a common standard. Until then, all IoT users with devices from different brands would have to tolerate compatibility issues.
One problem that is particularly targeted to the Philippines is the fact that IoT Devices rely heavily on the Internet to be connected with one another. Some use Bluetooth connections, however, that too is relatively weak when compared with WiFi.
The internet speed in the Philippines is abysmal when compared with the average network speed all around the world. Since a large part of IoT devices is their inter-connectivity with one another, this feature is almost insignificant if the connection is slow or worse, lost.
Faster internet speed in the Philippines is expensive. But it’s a small price to pay in order to fully utilize IoT devices to their best abilities!
Privacy and Security
IoT devices are known for making use of the data that is inputted to them and using them in order to make your experience better, sometimes even giving you a few advertisements. Although it comes with the terms of service, sometimes you’ll just have to trust the company with your personal data. This is because you don’t really know how encrypted your data is, much less if they’re encrypted at all.
In this day and age, your personal information is more important than ever. It’s your lifeline in a world that is slowly turning completely digital. If you’re concerned with your personal information getting leaked, then maybe IoT devices—as they are—aren’t for you.
In the Philippines, IoT devices are known as items that will give a person incredible convenience. Making your appliances do everything for you! But behind these amazing functionalities, lies a relatively new industry, an industry that doesn’t have its own universal standards yet. So whenever you plan on getting IoT devices on your own, you should first be knowledgeable about what they can give you, both the benefits and the risks involved.