The internet of things has already created much hype since its inception and has occupied the world these days. The IoT has successfully disrupted our daily lives in a way that even a non-technologically inclined have started to invest in the convenience, comfort, and valuable insights it provides.
Connected home hubs, remote door locks, various app-controlled appliances, all these examples are enough to prove the usefulness of IoT in our everyday life.
So the truth is, IoT has undeniable importance and makes our lives better in many ways and likely to continue the same. Along with the problems, we know we have, it is also solving the problems, we didn’t even realize, were problems.
There are several IoT applications and are varied enough to fit with the diverse needs of the people today the main aim of writing this article. In order to achieve this aim, we have mentioned some examples, how IoT is being used in our daily lives.
So let’s check out how this solution has magically appeared.
What is IoT?
The phrase IoT refers to the things that we use in the everyday lives that connect us to the internet, allow us to either receive or control the data about that thing connected to our smartphones or desktops.
IoT is a successful attempt or a vision to be precise to make the machines smart enough to reduce human labor or eliminate it. The idea behind the smart devices or preferably “connected devices” is that they can easily capture or utilize the data which you share or use in everyday life. The devices will use this data to interact with the users daily and complete routine tasks.
And put simply we could say these devices bridge the gap between the physical and digital world to enhance the quality of life.
Also, IoT catching up smart homes is the most awaited feature, with the existing brands already competing with intelligent appliances.
IoT bought a new wave of connectivity after smartphones. As per the Gartner reports, there would be 20.6 billion connected devices by the year 2020.
Here are 10 Real-World Applications of IoT.
1. Smart Homes
With IoT spreading the buzz word, “smart-home” has now become the most searched feature on google. But what exactly are smart homes?
Wouldn’t it be surprising when you can turn on the AC before reaching home, or switch on the lights before entering and turn off the lights after getting out, unlock the doors for temporary visitors or friends when you are not at home? Well, of course, with all these things, IoT has made our lives a cakewalk. And not only this, but the companies creating the products, and making our lives way more convenient and more straightforward. Right from turning on the lights to unlocking the doors, it made us control everything.
The IoT enabled smart homes have become a revolutionary ladder of success, and it is predicted that these would become as common as our cell phones today. And this innovative technique has promised to save time, energy, and, most importantly money.
The IoT enabled wearables, unites those technological devices that can be worn on bodies, and are operated through the applications on our cell phones. The development of the sphere is firmly linked with varied IoT enabled applications, especially in the healthcare sector. IoT devices broadly cover fitness, health, and entertainment. The wearables in the Healthcare sector helps to keep a check on the primary health indicators and help improve the treatment. Some instances of IoT Wearables are fitness bracelets, GPS tracking belts, and many other IoT apps.
However, the IoT applications are mostly designed by Apple, Samsung as well as Motorola.
3. Smart Cars
Already popular in countries like Europe and America, intelligent cars are small in stature but big in the economy. Smart vehicles or connected cars can optimize their operation, maintenance and the comfort of the passengers, having internet connectivity.
Speaking of the automated or self-driving cars, business insider intelligence is expecting them to be the next wave of revolution in transportation. However, this change has already begun. Many large automakers or car startups are working on connected car solutions. Many market players, like Tesla, BMW, Apple, Google, are working to bring such revolutionary smart cars.
4. Industrial Internet
The industrial internet is the new buzz word, which is also known as IIOT (Industrial Internet of things), is empowering industrial engineering with sensors, software as well as big data analysis in order to build intelligent machines. The main idea behind introducing the IIoT is to make the machines more accurate and consistent than humans.
The Industrial Internet of things can enhance the connectivity, efficiency, scalability, time and effort saving, and many other operational efficiencies. The IIoT data can be used by business leaders to get an accurate view of the performance of their enterprise, which could later help them in improving decision making, cover the inefficiencies and solve problems as soon as possible.
As a result, the industrial web applications for IIoT have fledged chances to continue occupying the sphere and improving the industrial market.
5. Smart Cities
IoT applications are enabling smart city initiatives all over the world. It provides the ability to monitor remotely, control devices, and creates new insights and actionable information from real-time data. Moreover, it’s been years now; people continue to flock to the cities for several reasons like to seek employment opportunities, lifestyle, and more. Because the migration continues, cities need to become more efficient to keep up with the growing population. Thus, smart cities come to the rescue.
The cities use the Internet of Things devices, like connected sensors, lights, and meters, to collect and analyze the data in order to enhance the city’s infrastructure, public utilities, as well as services. So for the cities, the basic IoT enabled applications to include smart parking, smart lighting, and roads. Though the process is still in development, as we are witnessing the perspectives of safety increase, the promise of more intelligent traffic makes its real-life emergence inevitable.
6. IoT in Agriculture
It has been estimated that the global population would touch around 9.6 billion by the year 2050. So, of course, in order to feed this immense and ever-growing population, demand for food supply, the agricultural sector needs to embrace IoT. Thus, keeping this in mind, the Government is motivating the farmers to use the IoT enabled techniques and research to increase and enhance food production, so we can say smart farming is one of the fastest-growing fields in IoT.
Moreover, regarding the effectiveness and performance, the best IoT applications for the areas include drones, various tools to keep track of the soil composition and predict the change in the climate. So in this context, the IoT is beneficial in the sphere by making the job tremendously effortless more than ever before.
7. Smart Retail
The internet of things has become one of the hottest technologies globally today. And they are completely transforming our lives, from basic daily household chores to security and wealth. So, we are moving towards the technology solution that can enhance our lives in every way possible. Moreover, one of the main reasons why retailers today prefer IoT is that it can significantly improve security, help in building long term relationships and find new resources for purchases.
When we talk about the Retail sphere, there are numerous use cases of IoT and smart devices to enhance the in-store user experience. Nowadays, consumers are more informed.
Various IoT applications here means the capabilities of smartphones use (the beacon technology-empowered) is the key to communication between the buyers and the retailers. For instance, the preferred goods appear in front of buyers at the right place and at the right time.
The IoT enabled retail stores have evolved into smart stores. Additionally, smart retail has opened the door of opportunities for IoT apps, regarding advertisements, enhanced supply chains and analysis of demand models.
8. Energy Engagement
The examples of energy-efficient IoT are abundant. These things may be simple sensors, or the temperature sensors in the rooms, or the sophisticated sensors like the electrical power measuring devices or more. However, it is to be noted that the IoT is not only an evolution from present devices that can be remotely controlled but also it is a significant disruption for energy efficiency applications.
The power grids of the future will not only be smart but also would be highly reliable and the advancement in the technological revolution in the energy sector is outstanding and worth being mentioned in the list of IoT apps. Aptly, the design of power grids changes the consumption rules by automatically collecting data and providing the analysis of electricity circulation. As a result, both customers and suppliers would have a better understanding of how to use the resources wisely.
Also, the latest advancements in technology have tremendous potential to benefit the users by an increase in efficiency and reducing waste to null.
By leveraging the IoT technology for the smart home, you are not helping yourself, but also you are doing part to cut down on pollution.
9. IoT In Healthcare
The healthcare industry is a state of great despair. Moreover, the IoT healthcare sector deserves a special place when it comes to the use of IoT applications. As with the use of this IoT-based healthcare, there are unparalleled benefits that can enhance the quality and efficiency of treatments.
IoT has directly impacted healthcare. Having an ability to provide medical assistance over the internet, use of drones and improved generic medicines are among the key achievements of IoT application in the healthcare sector. And apart from this, the IoT enabled applications, continue to create a more personalized approach to healthcare analysis and consistent strategies to combat diseases, so we could say the development of the IoT enabled healthcare sphere is unstoppable.
10. IoT in poultry and farming
In the past few years, chicken production in all over the world has increased gradually, because of the standardized farming management and good manufacturing practices. However, livestock monitoring is about animal husbandry and cost-saving. The Use of IoT applications helps to gather data about the health and well-being of the cattle. The ranchers would know early about the sick animal and they can pull out and can prevent a large number of infected cattle.
That’s it. The list of above mentioned top 10 applications of IoT presents the actual picture of how technology has already demonstrated outstanding results in our lives. The IoT continues to evolve and make its way across all the industrial sectors, enabling a seamlessly connected world.
Apoorv Gehlot is the founder of Matellio Inc, a software engineering studio based in California, USA. Being an avid learner, he takes a keen interest in exploring various aspects of the digital realm, and ideate some of the finest solutions with his team of innovators. Apoorv believes in sharing his time-tested experience and deep-rooted knowledge with the readers across the world to enlighten the audience through concise and meaningful write-ups.