Internet of Things devices (IoT) has the capability of connecting with the internet in any way taking technology beyond standard devices like computers and smartphones. The following is a roundup of some of the most popular practical applications of Internet of Things devices across industries.
Smart Home refers to the network of devices that can automate all your household functions such as lights, thermostats, security systems, doorbells, and air conditioners. You can connect all of these devices to a single network and control them remotely using an online application. When you are not managing these devices, they are responding based on your preferences and anticipate your needs.
Smart Wearables refers to devices that can be worn on your clothing or as accessories but serves intelligent functions as well. For example, smartwatches perform the same tasks as your smartphones and smart bracelets track your health vitals and fitness measurements and send the data to your phone or computer.
Smart City refers to a wide range of IoT sensors and technology connected across a city collecting data on factors such as traffic management, water distribution, electricity supply, environmental monitoring, and every other aspect that goes into running a city. Internet of Things solves problems like traffic congestion and air pollution to improve the lives of the citizens.
Smart grids collect and use data regarding patterns of electricity supply and consumption. These technologies work together to enhance the efficiency and reliability of electrical supply and respond to changing electric demand.
Industrial Internet, also referred to as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), is the expansion of IoT functionality to industrial sectors and applications such as the development of medical devices, robotics, manufacturing, and other operational processes and technology. Industrial devices can monitor, collect, analyze, and deliver data to drive business outcomes.
Connected cars are vehicles linked to the internet so they can share usage data with other devices both inside or outside the vehicle. Internet of Things can also allow cars to communicate with each other seamlessly.
Connected healthcare has a massive potential to enhance the quality of healthcare by collecting a patient’s data from a wide range of sources and aggregating all of that data that is accessible from anywhere. Connected healthcare can make more informed and intelligent decisions about a patient’s treatment solutions and current surgery situations.
Internet of Things has massive applications and potential for the retail industry. Smart Retail is intended to give the consumer a greater, faster, and safer experience while shopping. It also helps retailers improve operations, minimize theft and redundancies, manage inventory, and gain insight on how to improve sales and maximize efficiency.
The Internet of Things has drastically minimized redundancies along the supply chain. It provides a streamlined approach to track goods on the road, exchanges inventory information with suppliers, and increase accountability.
The IoT is already on its way to revolutionizing the agriculture industry through smart farming solutions. Sensors deployed across farms and farming equipment can help farmers track data such as the temperature of goods, fertilizer usage, water presence in the soil, and the number of seeds uses. They also consider environmental factors when coming up with smart solutions to maximize crops and improve environmental issues.
Internet of Things devices allows industries to have enhanced access to real-time data about their products and processes that result in improved operations. The evolution of IoT devices gives advantages to not only businesses but also improves the environment and citizens' lives. As we continue to evolve the technologies to make up IoT, we will continue to make improvements and solutions. The examples in this article are only the beginning, learn about how you can prepare for the future of IoT read our related blog.