The Internet of Things is a term that many of us have heard. Some think that it will rule the globe, while others see it as an overstatement and audacious venture.
The purpose of this article is to show how diverse and numerous are the IoT devices and applications that are already in use today. Let`s dive in into real-life examples from different areas of contemporary human life where the Internet of Things has already been used for some time.
The number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices worldwide is forecast to almost double from 15.1 billion in 2020 to more than 29 billion IoT devices in 2030. — Statista
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Smart Home Industry
Today, IoT applications are making it easier and safer for us to live. For instance; smart thermostats and air conditioners, smart speakers, smart plugs, smoke and motion detectors, smart door locks, timed pet feeders and even lights that automatically turn on at dusk.
These as well as many other technological innovations are aimed at simplifying our life and making it more efficient. Once we install such devices in our homes, we quickly adapt to their convenience and they become seamlessly integrated into our routines.
Agriculture (Smart Farming)
The productivity and efficiency of agriculture on a regional scale is increasing through systematic monitoring of soil conditions and composition, climate change forecasting, animal health tracking, and herd location monitoring, among others.
Drones, sensors, feeding systems, irrigation, and more. Automation through the Internet of Things is helping people avoid massive workloads that were previously done manually for all of these routine tasks.
Logistics and Transportation
Custom IoT development services are highly sought after in the fields of logistics, transportation, and supply chain management. Sensors, software, data analysis systems, and big data-based calculations all work without human influence in industries that require continuous stability and high-quality execution.
How far is the next cell tower from your mobile carrier? How many kilometers of driving range does your car have with the current amount of fuel? Where is the nearest gas station you can reach? Industrial applications subtly increase productivity and minimize errors by acting analytically.
Today there are already numerous intelligent IoT applications implemented in the retail and eCommerce. In this case a retailer can inform you not only about the availability of the product you are interested in their store or about availability of a particular service within their network but also about the location of the nearest store where you can purchase the desired item or use this service.
The system itself analyzes the entire chain from demand to supply and creates a model of minimal action. The decision-making process for the buyer involves placing an order online, making a remote payment, and receiving the purchased item in the most convenient manner.
This involves not only the use of medical drones but also the creation of a personalized approach to health analysis and the formulation of specific actions for patients to combat their illnesses, including based on recent analyses and genetic data.
The development of the medical field is unstoppable despite the existing conflict between traditional medicine and IoT-based enterprises at this stage.
Driverless cars (especially AI-driven taxis) already exist. They will take you to your destination via the optimal route based on the current road congestion in the area.
Simple sensors will make regular driving more comfortable. Automatic garage door opening, internal climate control, speed management, location monitoring, battery status analysis, etc.
In cities, IoT applications such as intelligent parking, noise mapping, smart lighting control, and more will be extremely beneficial.
These applications are currently in development, but their implementation is inevitable, given the immense potential for safety and traffic optimization, especially in megacities. The emergence of «smart cities» is just a matter of time.
Here, we have only looked at a few significant areas of IoT application where outstanding results have already been achieved today, both in terms of the economy and in achieving even greater comfort for individuals.
We can confidently state that over time, the breadth of IoT application in our daily lives will only continue to expand.