The other day I sat down the cosy of my room, reminiscing my childhood years. Smitten by the memories of the cartoons I used to watch on television, I found myself scurrying to the computer screen busily Google ‘ing’ away episodes of the ‘JETSONS’. It was indeed such a delight to watch how things would ease out in the future. Everything would happen at the click of a button or at the touch of the screen.

While the show stemmed up with some very clever conceptualization of the future, it pretty much occurred to me that the imagination of Hanna- Barbra, was soon becoming a reality. When I put two and two together I realized that we have now come to live this reality with the presence of the IoT. When I thought of it I pondered on the advantages of the IoT, and in the numerous industries the same has been applied.

  • Where businesses are concerned the IoBT (Internet of Business Things) help consumers in the decision making process. The augmented intelligence of the Internet of Things, helps one to think more clearly and fostering a certain transparency between the buyer and the seller.
  • With enhances sensors used to collect data, analyse and transmit data, IoT helps companies in enhancing process optimization, and efficiency.
  • IoT can be used (and is used) in practically every walk of life. However it becomes one of the most used aspects especially in the health industry.

IoT, and its use are slowly but surely emerging in various parts of the world, and Asia leads in the use of the same. Latin America seconds in the use of IoT and while North America is least likely to actualize the concept.

Industries using IoT:

  1. Automotive– often we find little beacons embedded on the roads, especially on the newer roads. The beacons have sensors embedded in them. These are very useful in determining the traffic pattern. In the future these will also help in hands free driving. These beacons are great as they do help in avoiding accidents too.
  2. Power and Utility – A couple of years ago power consumption average was determined on a yearly basis. Now things have changed as owing to the presence of smart meters, a consumer can receive feedback on the consumption every 15 minutes. Also these smart meters help adjust system parameters too.
  3. Mining and energy – The Internet of Things is very fittingly applied in this industry. Mines have embedded sensors, determining the levels of carbon monoxide inside. If the levels of carbon monoxide soot up, a warning bell is sounded, evacuating the workers, working inside the mine.
  4. Hospitality – Have you forgot to hang out the ‘Clean my room!’ card before leaving your hotel room? Well there is nothing to worry about. Hotel room doorbells now have infrared sensors embedded inside to silently scan rooms detecting body heat, enabling the housekeeping staff to know when is the perfect time to clean the room.
  5. Retail– Sensors on the supply self literally helps one keep account of stock, and regulate the supply chain. From dock to shelf predictive analysis applications are used to optimize the supply chain.
  6. Entertainment – If you enjoy playing Wii then you’ve pretty much got a hang of how sensors are used in gaming parlours. Games like Wii help track movement and transfer the same onto the screen.
  7. Healthcare – most hospital have sensors fixed on the patients bed and rooms. The sensors determine the state of the patient without the doctor repeatedly having to go to the patient’s room to check for updates.

While this is just a miniscule list giving insight on where IoT is currently used, it’s soon also catching up with the financial, technological, industrial and other sectors.

End note

As I key off on the blog, I would like to mention, that we are only looking at the advantages of IoT (at large) from the global perspective. There are numerous challenges it has too. Lets discover about the same in the next blog.

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