Last week, we learnt about the interconnectedness of devices, humans and the cloud and how that has impacted the world today. We will go on to talk about the applications of IoT; this will give us a glimpse of how IoT will transform our lives soon.
- Smart Homes
Smart home products promise to save time, energy and money. Wouldn’t you love to be able to switch on your air conditioner before getting home, so the house can be cool before you arrive? Or switch off your lights even after leaving the house? Or grant your friends access to your house when you are not home? IoT has made it possible for companies to build products that make life convenient and simpler. It is predicted that smart homes will become as common as mobile phones.
- Connected Cars
A connected car is a vehicle which can optimize its own operation, maintenance as well as comfort of passengers using onboard sensors and internet connectivity. The automotive digital technology has focused on optimizing vehicles internal functions. But now, this attention is growing towards enhancing the in-car experience.
Major brands like Tesla, BMW, Apple, Google are working on bringing the next revolution in automobiles.
- IoT in Agriculture
Smart farming is often overlooked when it comes to the business cases for IoT solutions. However, there are many innovative products on the market geared toward forward-thinking farmers. Some of them use a distributed network of smart sensors to monitor various natural conditions, such as humidity, air temperature, and soil quality. Others are used to automate irrigation systems. With the continuous increase in world’s population, demand for food supply is extremely raised. Governments are helping farmers to use advanced techniques and research to increase food production.
Farmers are using meaningful insights from the data to yield better return on investment.
- Smart Retail
The potential of IoT in the retail sector is enormous. IoT provides an opportunity to retailers to connect with the customers to enhance the in-store experience. Smartphones will be the way for retailers to remain connected with their consumers even out of store. Interacting through Smartphones and using Beacon technology (Beacons employ Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) wireless technology to pinpoint the location of customers in stores and other places and to deliver messages to their mobile devices) can help retailers serve their consumers better. They can also track consumers path through a store and improve store layout and place premium products in high traffic areas.
- Healthcare & fitness
Apple, Samsung, Jawbone, have flooded the market with products classified as health and fitness devices. Such devices monitor heart rate, caloric intake, sleep, track activity, and many other metrics to help us stay healthy. In some cases, such wearables can communicate with third-party apps and share information about the user’s chronic conditions with a healthcare provider. In addition to the personal use of health wearables, there are some advanced smart appliances, including scales, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, and even hair brushes.
There is a Smart medication dispenser that is widely used for home treatment and elderly care. The appliance allows you to load the prescribed pills and monitor the intake. The mobile app paired with the device sends timely alerts to the family members or caregivers to inform them when the medicine is taken or skipped. It also provides useful data on the medication intake and sends notifications when your medication is running low.
With these powerful and promising applications of IoT, the future is becoming more fascinating; a world where billions of things will be talking to each other with the least intervention from humans.