Can you recall a time when Bluetooth or Wi-Fi didn’t exist? There have been some fairly dark days. It’s hard to believe people being content without the option of connecting to the internet everywhere they went or even sharing music with friends.
They say the internet turned the word into a “world village,” but its wireless communication that brings things into perspective. The amount of items that can be done remotely from our PCs or smartphones is nothing short of magic. There are occurrences that only a few decades ago might have been looked at as miracles.
Life before the Internet
Despite many of us having witnessed life before the Internet, imagining our personal and working lives without it has become nearly impossible. Being linked to the internet means we can do things much faster and more effectively than in the past: handwritten letters sent by post have been overtaken by emails and texts, long lines at the high street bank are now in-app queues for chat support; trips to the library have been replaced by instant book downloads onto a Kindle or iPad. With access to millions of apps, online stores, and an unbeatable abundance of online information, it’s almost harder to imagine the things we can’t do as compared to the things we can do.
The Internet (Pre-WiFi)
The internet has revolutionized the way we live, since the early days of dial-up. Contrary to our pre-Internet days, being linked allowed us to reach the world by pressing a button.
One of the most noticeable post-Internet age shifts was how people wanted to interact with each other. People with access to an internet connection were able to talk or communicate instantly with their families, friends, and pen pals around the globe.
International connections have become much simpler, online dating has been made possible and individuals have been able to create their customized websites to suit their interests.
The internet also started to act as a vast archive, which held mind-boggling volumes of publicly available data.
People didn’t have to go to the library anymore and browse through newspapers to find information. Future generations would also opt online to gain a view on whom or what trend was even decades before they looked for it.
A Change in the Way We Use the Internet
There was no slowing down after the world got a taste of the Internet.
Demand for easy access and a better service grew as more and more people came online. Our passion for the internet has exceeded television, as the people would rather leave their television than their internet access.
The next logical move in enhancing the internet experience was to make it more available in households, offices, and the public – this is when WiFi came into play, as you might have expected. WiFi made it easier to access the internet almost immediately, as laptops and other handheld devices could be taken to the nearest WiFi ‘hotspot’ or booster.
With unparalleled access to the Internet, there has been a significant rise in the number of people online: in 2000, when WiFi was less popular, 16 percent of Indians went online every day compared to 88 percent in 2016. The ubiquitous introduction of WiFi has undeniably played a major role in democratizing the internet, ensuring that more of us have been able to get online (even if we don’t have a personal link at home)
Making A Better Society
Social media also plays a critical role in preventing crime and enhancing emergency services: police use social media to connect and educate the public on a range of problems and often use it to request information. With more than 70 percent of Indians on social networks as well, social media has started to act as an additional emergency tool – if an emergency occurs, we can take the likes of Facebook and Twitter (allegedly with hundreds of friends/followers/connections) to ask for support or warn others.
Healthcare institutions also saw many big advancements using WiFi, mainly through the use of location systems and way finding software to get the correct place for patients and equipment. According to the WiFi Alliance, as well as mission-critical information applications such as access to electronic medical records (EMRs) and real-time access to X-rays and MRI scans, there is already a range of applications that use and rely on Wi-Fi in the healthcare industry, including infusion pumps, oxygen tracking systems, and smart beds. They also noted that medical telepresence provided via Wi-Fi helps to scale the provision to remote and underserved areas of high-quality healthcare.
Hospitals and clinics may also use their WiFi with solutions such as Purple to collect visitor information such as phone numbers and email addresses, enabling visitors to be asked for service input and to submit information about waiting times. Healthcare institutions may also track the role of employees and the usage of resources around a hospital building to increase productivity through real-time location services.
Hospitals and clinics may also use their WiFI with solutions such as Purple to collect visitor’s information such as phone numbers and to submit information about waiting times.
Connected Smart Cities
In addition to the individual industries, there are also links between entire cities. The advantages of providing a WiFi solution for an entire geographic area are an enticing idea for city managers and residents alike. Smart Cities that leverage emerging technology to produce massive quantities of data (like Purple). City leaders may use this knowledge intelligently to enhance different businesses and services within the city such as shopping, public transit, hospitals, airports, ads, and more. Smart cities will also provide seamless access to the online world for people no matter where they go.
Internet Connection (Wi-Fi)
Nearly 90 percent of the world has already come across the word Wi-Fi or uses it regularly when keeping their smartphones in hand. Only a few years ago, to get connected to the internet you had to have a machine and a wires system. Either you used LAN or WAN, but now, even at your favorite coffee shop, you can surf the internet. Thanks to a wireless internet connection, you can do your research, communicate with friends on Facebook, and get news from all over the globe.
A 10-year-old still knows what Bluetooth is. This is how you share music at close range with your friends and family without actually having to get in direct touch or link your devices together. Bluetooth technology is one of the earliest ways of efficient wireless communication between devices and it is what opened doors to Wi-Fi and many other types. Bluetooth allows you to switch papers, audio, video, and even your favorite memes within a fraction of a minute, as long as you are in the same room.
Do you know that from every part of the world you can watch over your house? Home security began by investing in very costly security staff, then technology came along, and you had to invest in heavy security systems that involved drilling and installation of your house and compound with all kinds of cables. Ok, all you need is a couple of wireless cameras and you’re good to go. These types of equipment are no longer restricted solely to spies and government agencies; you can have it built in your basement and keep your home and family secure.
You can walk into your home after a long day at work, and turn the music straight from your phone up. That is great for wireless speakers. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi ensure your speakers are always connected to your smartphone wherever you go. Say goodbye to the aux cords and slip over a wires stack as you try to skip to the next tune.
You can also say goodbye to getting tangled up every time you try to get them out of your pockets in your earphones or headphones. You can now listen to your favorite music conveniently regardless of the location or situation in which you’re.
We can never outgrow the need for paper or print materials as easily as the digital world progresses. The best we can do is to make your access a little easier. With just a click on your PC or smartphone, you can instantly have the nearest printing press coughing out your documents. No more fighting at the office for the one printer, or having to connect your computer to the printer physically. You can send your confidential documents to a wireless-enabled printer and password-protect them from the comfort of your seat so that you can access them only using the same printer password.
You will never have enough space to store the data on your computers. Not when YouTube continually updates billions of videos and launches movies every single day. Fortunately, you can have all your most important documents in the clouds, and access them anytime you need them. Google, Microsoft, and Apple are at the forefront of ensuring they have enough storage space for their customers to store anything they need. With an Android phone in your pocket, you can have all of your music, images, papers, and contacts stored in Dropbox or Google Drive so you can still access them from some other computer in the unfortunate case you lose your phone.
Why watch the new Game of Thrones episode on your tablet when you can send it straight to your laptop without having to move a muscle. With Smart TVs entering the market, you can now attach your smartphone to your TV and watch all of your content from there. You are practically getting your home in the palm of your hands with Airplay on your iPhone.
Nowadays there is a remote to everything. It all began with television, but you can now monitor your gate, garage doors, cars, and even homes. Your smartphone is, essentially, as a remote. There’s no need to go and make things happen physically anymore. The only link with your phone to a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi-enabled device, or point it to its respective remote and then do whatever you want it to do. It is not getting any simpler than that.
Wireless charging is very recent but at an unprecedented pace it has caught up. Technically, since the adapter has to be linked to a power source, it’s not fully wireless so now your phone doesn’t have to be linked to the adapter. In about 10 times the usual charge time, you’ll have your battery jumping from 0 to 100 by electromagnetic induction.
There’s no question about the world has changed with the Internet. We are harnessing the potential of telecommunications in various sectors and leveraging WiFi’s personal and professional benefits. The possibilities for Internet technology are infinite and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.