There's a buzz in the technological world about the upcoming events which will make a major impact on how people have until now governed their life. The Internet and the devices which have been connected through the internet have already left the general public wondering but the Internet of Things(IoT) has just begun.  

This blog post sheds light on highly recommended real-world applications of the Internet of Things(IoT)!

But Before that

What is the Internet of Things(IoT)?

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Basically, the Internet of Things can be referred to any machine that can be connected to a network (internet) and has the capability to receive and transfer data. 

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The Internet of Things has created wonders and left people thinking of how their life can be changed just by connecting their devices with the internet. IoT is a  perfect fusion between the real world and the digital world. And, here is the list of some of the applications that seem promising enough to make the world “smart”.


Real-World Applications of IoT  

Smart Cities 

Smart Cities have become an agenda for any state government that is working efficiently. The target is to build the urban sector that can be affordable, well structured and where the facilities are well managed for both the citizens and the government. And; for the fabrication of smart cities, the responsibility has been embedded on the Internet of Things (IoT). A smart city is the city of the future where the plan is to not only connect the real world with the digital world but also, to build a creative and sustainable city. 

The idea is to collect data of citizens, devices, and assets and later with the help of IoT that data can be produced for analyses. The benefits of these analyses will help the government to manage traffic, waste control, electricity and water supplies and networks. Furthermore, it will help in monitoring the violation of laws and regulations.

Smart Homes

IoT is probably trying to end the benefit of the doubt by making things more transparent. Home automation or Smart home has taken a step forward and is expected to make a business of $6Billion by 2022 in India only. Philips Lighting, Panasonic, Wipro and many more have become an integral part of leading home automation to heights in India. 

The shift towards home automation is accelerating every day and the first step to build a smart home begins with a connection, aka; internet. The smart devices comprise a network or network-enabled devices that on being connected can be controlled by its user. The applications covered and highly preferred by the users are:

 

Home Energy Monitors: Ranging from the lighting system to heating, ventilation and air conditioning devices; all of it can be monitored by establishing a network between your home devices and a system monitor application. Furthermore, it will save energy consumption as well. 

Home Security: Maintaining privacy and security has become a priority for every individual these days. Therefore, security systems like home monitoring via camera or robots are becoming handy these days. A live monitoring system has raised the bar for security surveillance even more. 

Virtual Assistant: Siri, Alexa, Cortana and Google assistant have taken place in our families too. From entertaining to performing our daily routine tasks they are making our lives easier. 

Smart Cars

Autonomous vehicle or self-driving cars have turned the functionality of cars from manual to system control. A smart car has made the existing car smarter and that too at a low cost. The system of the vehicle is managed by a monitoring system via the Internet of Things(IoT). The system via the internet keeps track of your fuel and further applications are connected to your car for navigation, traffic flow, audio/videos, in-car temperature recording and even your personal assistant like Alexa can be attached to your vehicle. Car lovers throughout the world, are going crazy with this technology; meanwhile:

Just think about the wonders which 5g will do to your car meanwhile.

Smart Grid

A smart grid is an electric grid whose function is to perform various tasks in order to minimize energy consumption and; simultaneously increase the usage of energy-efficient resources. The smart grid works via incorporating networks in the existing devices like meters, appliances, renewable energy resources and making them ‘smart grid devices’. Features of the smart grid are:

  1. A reliable source for fault detection and further has the capability to heal itself without the intervention of technicians in case of a fault. 

  2. Predicts pricing helping both the user and the management to systematically manage their consumption; therefore helping in price cutting. 

  3. Urges users to maintain low energy consumption by highlighting the prices. 

  4. Promotes transparency between the supplier and the consumer. 

  5. Robust delivery of power supply via two-way communication while taking safety measures parallelly.  

IoT in Healthcare

The Internet of Things (IoT) has changed the vision of the healthcare sector and it is estimated that 75% of the healthcare industrialists will rely on Artificial Intelligence for their organisations’ growth. IoT has played a pertinent role in escalating the growth of the medical sector. With the wide-spread of health awareness; people have become more conscious towards their health and are opting for healthcare applications, wearables, proper medication and other methods to stay fit. IoT is not only benefiting personal usage but is also leveraging services to the hospitals and medical research centres. 

Some of the IoT enabled devices and facilities are:

  1. For Personal Assistance: Hearables, Activity Trackers, Personal Health applications, Ingestible sensors to monitor medication in the body, Mood-ables 

  2. For Hospitals & Research Centres: Bots to monitor patient’s activity, Online task allotment, medical research, Staff management. 

IoT in Agriculture

IoT based agriculture or smart farming is assisting the agricultural sector of the economy to effectively and efficiently achieve targets. The role of smart farming is basically to monitor the crop field with the help of sensors in order to analyse the temperature and soil fertility. Furthermore, with the growing trend like organic farming family and sustainable farming; IoT becomes an approachable tool to manage crop production.   

IoT in Agriculture

IoT in Industries

Industry 4.0 has been the buzz of last year and is continuing to grow this year as well. Industries up till now saw the third revolution with the coming of the internet but again the technological advancements are pointing towards the fourth revolution; whereas, leading industrialists already believe that Industry4.0 has already begun.  The industry now with the help of IoT/ Artificial Intelligence is aiming at lowering cost and increasing productivity at the same time. Some examples of IoT enabled progress can be seen till now are 3D Printing| Cloud| Deep Learning| Robots. The revolution is all about real-time data, interconnectivity and automation.