Internet of Things – abbreviated as IoT – is a game changer that is currently (as I write this article – June 2019) affecting the life of many.
Today’s article is to give a brief skim through on some of the application that has now gone past the manufacturing sector – watch video.
Why is IoT Growing?
While IoT was more aggressive in the manufacturing sector (or at least being one of the pillars), it has led to the development of solutions that makes the world smarter and more connected. The sensors provide information about the world around us. These micro-controllers process, protect, analyze, and act on information. There are connectivity products that provide links to the network and energy management solutions that ensure smart systems operate reliably and efficiently.
That was only one of the starting point.
Now, as the global population continues to grow and age as people live longer. There is a genuine need for innovative ideas to manage the planet’s resources and to deliver services to everyone. As the population shifts towards cities, the challenges to managing traffic, pollution, and energy increase.
At the same time, people have greater access to information, products, and services that are increasingly global and they expect these to be tailored to their individual needs. Internet of things can help meet these needs and contribute to our vision of an augmented life for everyone.
With the few factors above, the growth is fueled from the supply (of data) and the demand (for better services etc). Thus, it also means that the trend will continue exploed.
Interesting? I’m sure it is.
With that, here are some simple examples to illustrate the applications of IoT.
1. Town Planning
In cities, these systems can be embedded everywhere – in buildings, attached to street lamps, or even buried under roads. Together these devices enable the smart grid allowing more efficient use of energy. In factories, they combined with smart power components to create extremely reliable and efficient automation solutions.
IoT is also making cars smarter as they are improving safety on the road by helping cars detect obstacles and assist braking or adapt their speed to the flow of traffic. IoT also helps protect the environment by reducing fuel consumption and Co2 emissions. The infotainment navigation and in-car controls increase the enjoyment and comfort of the overall driving and traveling experience.
In the home, IoT allows management of lights, heating, or any home appliance that embeds a smart system and when connected to the cloud enable us to remotely monitor and control our home. IoT solutions deliver music, movies, and information to all the connected devices in the format they need when they need it. IoT offers the latest innovations in home entertainment for an immersive viewing experience and stunning realism for live action sports and gaming. Smart systems collect information to tailor applications and services to specific individual needs while offering a more natural interface for richer user experience.
Real-time monitoring of activity and personal data can give advice on diet and exercise, provide early warning signals for critical illness, or improve drug delivery. This same technology can also keep us healthy by helping to deliver medical services to everyone at an affordable cost.
The proliferation of smart systems will connect many many more new devices to the Internet of Things. This will increase the amount of data to be transported, stored, and processed creating the need for a more powerful infrastructure. IoT has solutions to meet the needs of this growing cloud with innovative, low-power, high-performance technologies. With improved technology know-how and manufacturing capabilities, IoT is helping to meet the challenges and opportunities of the evolving world.
And that’s the evolution that we can expect to see in the not-too-far distance.