Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Internet of Things: Beginning of New Era for Libraries

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Internet of Things: Beginning of New Era for Libraries

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Internet and smart phones have taken a vital role in everyone's life. One could have difficulty in recalling days when life was without phones. Starting from buzzing alarm in the morning to good night at the end of the day, they are helping in small and big chores. Smart phones have not only taken alarm clocks away from us but radio, camera, video camera, game stations and even desktops and laptops. Just imagine if one is on the road, and there is some oil/liquid spread or some accident or jam is there and he/she kilometers away, how wonderful it would be if the vehicle automatically senses it and signify on the car's display that there is some obstacle/danger ahead, and gives instructions to change the route and not only this, but also provides the direction for the new route. Here, non-living objects (obstacles) are communicating with other non-living objects (vehicle) and sharing information with each other for human usage. The day is not far when this would be part of human life. Embedded sensors, infrared, bluetooth, actuator nodes, WiFi, etc., are all technologies which enable and help for the possibilities to be actual. Here, a new term arises which is called Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT will allow an object (like car, refrigerator, watch, door, microwave oven, wardrobe, wearable devices, etc.,) to communicate with each other. how could libraries be not affected.

The IoT is not only capable to influence any of the tasks which would had been impossible automatically earlier, but may also have the potential to do it more efficiently, securely, be it any mundane task. So how could libraries be not affected. At present, libraries are struggling with many technology driven challenges, but IoT could certainly help overcome not only these but may give an important place in everyone's life.


As per Wikipedia (1) "Internet of Things is network of physical objects or things embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, enabling objects to collect and exchange data. Objects can be sensed and controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration between the physical world and computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy, and economic benefit" (1).

The IoT is an environment in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the Internet (2).

It had been predicted that IoT is not a concept but it proves that internet will not only be for the people but with few added infrastructure and backed by miniaturization of the e-components, a new global network will come which will act as a platform for devices to communicate electronically around the world. The infrastructure and technology involved is sensors, processors, cloud computing, and wireless connectivity. These days, companies are embedding these technologies in consumer electronic items and hence giving intelligence and sensing capabilities to their products, with which they can sense, learn from, and interact with their environment.

Facebook, a social networking site has recently featured where nearby location of the people can be looked and tracked on for increasing social networking activities. This feature in one way or the other proves that slowly people are heading towards the IoT and adopting its applications. Atzori (3) et al., in their paper has given wide applications of IoT in our human in various domains. They categorized futuristic IoT applications in following domains: Transportation and logistic domains; healthcare; smart environment (home, offices) domain; and personal and social domain. They also categorized them as short-medium term applications for each of them and their futuristic versions. …

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