When we think of devices as disparate as refrigerators, window
shades, cars, and watches; we sense not only the underlying gulf of
disparity in their cost and functions but also the sheer difference in
the fundamental nature of these objects. Not so long ago, it would have
seemed obvious that all these things were as different as chalk and
However, for all their apparent differences, one thing stands out in
common – their undeniable importance in day to day life. In this age of
ubiquitoåus computing, IoT has helped these devices communicate with
each other using the Internet as a backbone to create a holistic support
environment for our every need.
Though there are many definitions of what constitutes the Internet of
Things or IoT, it can be envisaged as a suite of devices and
technologies that collects and generates information and uses the
internet as a backbone to connect to other such devices and locations
for sharing and processing such data. This enables a range of informed
actions also termed as “smart” actions, ranging from booking hotels to
running complicated assembly lines.
How does it work?
The Internet of Things tends to impart value to our lives by collecting and utilizing information from diverse sources. However, this information is used not only for performing the action currently requested but also to modify the way in similar actions will be undertaken in the future. This leads to information being processed in a cyclical way, also known as the Information Value Cycle, which allows information to be leveraged in a non-linear way and ensure a learning curve helping the system to “grow” and get better at what it does.
How is IoT changing lives?
IoT has encompassed every sphere of human life and society from
healthcare to manufacturing; from smart cities to agriculture. Here are
some of the ways in which IoT is changing lives:
Homes and Offices
We have already experienced the level of convenience offered by smart
fridges, which show not only the type and quantity of items present but
can also help replenish stocks if need be. IoT has developed a plethora
of other systems which range from pet tracking to bespoke
energy-efficient solutions for homes and offices.
IoT systems have also contributed to internal climate control even for large workspaces such as massive humidifiers replete with water features which pump moist air into offices in the dry Canadian air.
With predictions estimating that over two-thirds of the world’s
population will be urban dwellers by 2050, IoT has facilitated the
growth of smart cities in a variety of ways. From smart traffic signals
which operate based on real-time traffic movement to apps which let
people know when parking lots are available. IoT has facilitated the
creation of an efficient mechanism to tackle day-to-day urban problems.
Even the manufacturing industry has benefited from IoT, with major
companies like Harley-Davidson, using advanced sensor-based technology
to identify bottlenecks and allow operators to centrally control the
entire assembly line. IoT has led to increased efficiency and has
increased production capabilities manifold.
The major risk involved with vehicles is the risk of accidents,
especially when dealing with the heavy-duty vehicles segment. Long
hours, treacherous roads and even the weather can lead to human errors
leading to tragic accidents.
In order to combat this problem companies like Tesla have devised
highly accurate sensor-guided robotic vehicles, especially trucks.
Acting on a wide variety of sensory data and processed information stand
to pave the way for an accident-free transportation system.
The ubiquitous Fitbit apart, several companies have devised highly
sophisticated IoT systems, like Philips Pill Box which pops open with
the right medication at the right time and a variety of sensor-intensive
healthcare systems which not only monitor patients in the hospital but
also help initiate emergency procedures depending on the situation.
IoT can help revolutionize energy consumption by creating a smart grid connecting not only power stations and transmission facilities, but also micromanage devices like meters, thermostats and other appliances to consume power optimally based on need and to store power at off-peak times if need be to lower costs. IoT also helps maintain transmission networks by predicting failures and identifying blockers allowing for seamless power transmission.
The Way Ahead
Although IoT is a powerful tool helping revolutionize our lives, it
is of utmost importance the people who develop such applications have
the right blend of domain knowledge and technical expertise. Choosing
developers with proven expertise in IoT can help you craft bespoke
solutions to suit your business needs.
If you are looking forward to developing a robust and customized IoT
solution that gives you greater control over the devices essential to
your daily life, then Mobcoder is
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