Top Uses of IoT
The Internet of Things is not a hype anymore. It’s a technology that has slowly gained momentum and is now silently shaping our future. IoT is the result of mankind’s curiosity and intention to lead a convenient and connected lifestyle, reducing labour and eliminating the chances of human errors. That’s why we decided to make devices smart and take care of things that will bring in efficiency. We’ve figured out that data is the new currency and tons of crucial concerns can be addressed and resolved through data and this is what drives the concept of the Internet of Things.
By making the devices connected to each other and the internet, we’ve let them collect and communicate data and take precise and informed decisions through Machine Learning and neural networks (complex mechanisms). The results of them have been amazing. Right now, as you read, there are billions of connected devices across the globe, collecting billions of petabytes of data every single day. These massive chunks of data are home to crucial pieces of information that can take care of home security, entertainment needs, and go on to the extents of saving water and control fuel emissions. We have all had our experiences with IoT through smartphones, direct-to-home television services, smart televisions, and more and we know to an extent how the technology works. In case you haven’t paid attention, here are some of the top uses of IoT that you could’ve missed. Check them out.
One of the best and the most practical applications of IoT, smart homes really take convenience and home security to the next level. Though there different levels at which IoT is applied for smart homes, the best is the one that blends smart utility systems and entertainment together. For instance, your electricity meter with an IoT device giving you insights on your everyday water usage, your set-top box that allows you to record shows from remote, automatic illumination systems, advanced locking systems, connected surveillance systems all fit into this concept of smart homes. As IoT evolves, we can be sure that most of the devices will become smarter, enabling enhanced home security.
Not just internet access to people in a city but to the devices in it as well – that’s what smart cities are supposed to be made of. And we can proudly say that we’re going towards realizing this dream. Efforts are being made to incorporate connected technology into infrastructural requirements and some vital concerns like traffic management, waste management, water distribution, electricity management and more. All these work towards eliminating some day to day concerns faced by people and bring in added convenience.
We’ve seen a lot about self-driven cars. Google tried it out, Tesla tested it and even Uber came up with a version of self-driven cars that it later shelved. Since it’s human lives on the roads that we’re dealing with, we need to ensure the technology has all that it takes to ensure better safety for the passenger and those on the roads. The cars make use of several sensors and embedded systems connected to the cloud and internet, which keep generating data and send them to cloud for informed decision making through Machine Learning. Though it will take a few more years for the technology to completely evolve and for countries to amend laws and policies, what we’re witnessing right now is one of the best applications of IoT.
IoT Retail Shops
If you haven’t already seen the video of Amazon Go – the concept store from the eCommerce giant, you should see it right now. Perhaps this is the best use of the technology in bridging the gap between an online store and a retail store. The retail store allows you to go cashless by deducting money from your Amazon wallet. It also adds items to your cart in real-time when you pick products from the shelves. If you change your mind and pick up another product, the previous item gets deleted and replaces your cart with the new one. The best part of the concept store is that there’s no cashier to bill your products. You don’t have to stand in line but just step out after you pick up your products from shelves. If this technology is effective enough to fetch more patronage, this is sure to become a norm in the coming years.
Farming is one sector that will benefit the most from the Internet of Things. With so many developments happening on tools farmers can use on their farms and in agriculture, the future is sure promising. Tools are being developed for drip irrigation, understanding crop patterns, water distribution, drones for farm surveillance and more. These will allow farmers to come up with better produce and also take care of the concerns better.
As you know, IoT is evolving and is being experimented and used in tons of different ways than you can ever imagine. There are smart breweries, smart coffee machines, smart parking facilities supply-chain mechanisms and more that are currently in the market. If you know of any other use of IoT that’s defining our future, share them on your comments.