The Internet of Things (IoT) has already begun to change the world. Anything in the future that can be connected will be connected with the aim to improve lives and positively impact businesses around the globe. An example: Data from smart cars can help improve traffic, which can help with the development and improvement of smart cities, which can make energy use more efficient, and so on. Global predictions vary from 12 billion to 30 billion IoT devices expected to be connected to the internet by 2020. The possibilities will be endless when machines, industries, and people can connect and inspire improvements.
Mining sectors use sensors to detect dangerous methane levels as well as rock movement in mines to improve security.
Shelf sensors could automatically trigger stock orders as shelves empty. Smart beacons can be used in order to track customer movements so that merchants can optimize the store layout.
Intelligent traffic lights help to ease traffic congestion. Real-time data is used by these smart traffic control systems to make effective traffic routing decisions.
There are already hotels that use infrared sensors to detect body heat in order to inform staff if the room is empty for them to enter and clean rooms.
Sensors that are placed in soil enables farmers to track acidity levels, temperature, and other features to assist with the improvement of crop production. Biochip transponders help with the tracking of animals. Access to real-time information, such as weather conditions, interconnectivity with operators, dealers, buyers and agriculture consultants can help farmers enhance productivity and increase efficiency.
Fuel pipelines are fitted with sensors to monitors the pipeline for any leaks.
Manufacturers use smart sensors to enable real-time plant monitoring and optimization. An example would be if a machine in a factory overheats it will send an alert to the supervisor.
Connected cars are becoming mainstream, designed to offer infotainment and various digital services in the vehicle for drivers. Connected car technology can assist with jobs like finding parking space, avoiding traffic and even park the vehicle for you. Some businesses are already using telematics to track the location of their vehicles, monitor route efficiency, and driver behavior.
Sensors that are placed on parcels or shipping containers help track goods and in the process reduces costs associated with damaged or lost items. Logistics services alerts inform customers when the service provider will arrive based on real-time data from vehicle trackers.
Small and medium enterprises can selectively use technology to transform their business processes, drive efficiencies and serve their customers better. Affordable mobile apps and point of sale devices enable electricians, plumbers and other mobile traders to record customer data, draft quotes and invoice and obtain payments on the go.
Smart connected homes can help its occupants improve energy efficiency and control security through remote-controlled thermostats, door locks, lights and security cameras.
We all know people who wear smartwatches or fitness trackers. The next level includes sensors in running shoes that will track your distance. In the future wearables will focus on specific tasks with the smartwatch as a central hub.
Healthcare will be the leading application of wearables over the next few years, using smartphones and wearables to monitor an individual’s health remotely. There is already a custom-built mobile application that monitors medicine stock levels and assists in reducing medicine stock-outs across remote clinics.
More wearables are available that keep track of and monitor the health of pets.
Endangered animals are given an ankle collar that is connected to a global network which relays movement and exact geo-location data back to anti-poaching teams.
We are moving from online courses to fully digitized classrooms. There are mobile apps available that allow students to find tutors in their area by book lesson, subject specialization and pay easily. Parents/students and tutors are able to negotiate fees and both parties can be rated by the system.
Due to vehicle telematics, driver behavior based solutions are now offered by insurers as a tool to improve driver behavior and reduce incidents.
Banking and Payments
Artificial intelligence is being used by banks for automatic check readers and signature verification systems, together with cameras for automated face detection, for automatic location recognition from your web surfing and for automatic fraud detection.
Chad is an experienced systems administrator with exposure to various technologies and enterprise ICT environments. He has a huge passion for technologies, specifically Linux, open source software, electronics, and IoT technologies.
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