What does a person need to specialise in IoT?

Let’s face it, some people are just more equipped than others to do a specific job.  Charismatic people make for better speakers and leaders, open minded people are better problem solvers, and dedicated people are great with tough or long jobs.  With every job, something different is required and when specialising in IoT, there’s also certain requirements that help to make a person a better employee.

One must be able to think big while keeping things small.

When it comes to the Internet of Things, smaller is not only better but a necessity.  Many of these devices need to be able to do a lot without much added equipment.  We can’t very well have baby monitors the size of a baby or a light fixture taking up half the room.  Added sensors and components to make devices “smart” are going to be a necessity, and knowing how to not only put them in the right spots but do it with minimal additional weight is a must.

At the same time, you have to remember things like limited battery life, processing power, and storage capabilities.  Every added use of the device means it’s going to get just a little bit bigger, so you might have to decide between different optional additions.  Keep things simple and small when able and you’ll do well when working on IoT devices.

You have to be able to work with data on a large scale.

Moving away from the building aspect of the job and towards the data.  You’re going to be working with a LOT of data, even during testing and trials, so if you hate big data then you might want to consider other job opportunities.  Now, the great thing about the IoT is that it’s designed to use this data to communicate, but that doesn’t mean the data won’t have to be checked consistently.  You’ll have to sift through it to find errors and also to help streamline this data for consumers.  They won’t need to have all the data from sensors, just the big picture.  Your job is making sure that big picture is being recorded and transmitted right.

More on the personality side of things, you need to always be picturing the future.

With IoT being a future-tech that’s still very much evolving to this day, you need to always keep in mind technology that’s being developed and on the rise.  It’s no good to simply copy what all of your competitors are doing because even at your best, you’ll only be their equal.  Improve upon their designs or, better yet, take a risk and create something completely new.  Even your worst blunder is a learning experience that can help you with future projects.

On this same note, it’s also a good idea to keep yourself open to collaborations with other like-minded individuals.  Getting a project rolling with a few different teams working on different areas might make you nervous, but the fact is that you’ll likely not be the best in every aspect of your design.  Sometimes you’ll need help and sometimes others will need help from you.  Be open to this and it’ll only be a benefit.

The Internet of Things is an ever-changing market.  If you’re the type of person that can keep things small, while looking at the big picture and the big data, and always thinking of the future, then it might just be your type of market.

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