It requires childlike naivety to adhere to the pressures of innovation because when belief meets proof of concept, magic is created. Tech geniuses have been trying to pull off a Houdini since quite some time now, with what is famously known as “IoT- Internet of Things”. IoT is the infrastructure of the information society.
So, what exactly is this trick we speak of?
In as many words, IoT talks about a possible scenario where physical objects, people as well as places can be connected to each other through network connectivity. For the people who find extensive definitions exhaustive, simply put it is using internet to connect inanimate objects to each other and to you.
Imagine a world, where your fridge informs you that you are out of milk or your toilet about the low stock of toilet paper. A world where your car is synched with the traffic lights in the city and knows when to slow down, stop and start. Internet of things has the potential to make your life better.
Sounds like the plot of a sci-fi movie doesn’t it?
There is more to Internet of things than the simple pleasures of micro managing one’s life, it can potentially change the way we look at things. The simplest way to understand how big this phenomenon is to relegate to the numbers, according to a survey by HP, it was estimated that almost 10 billion devices are connected. A number which is said to increase rapidly in the coming years.
Let us look at few of the real world application of the revolutionary tech:
- Health and Fitness
Fitness is an area which will see substantial change with the advent of this tech to the market. What if it was possible to monitor the heartbeats of a person, predict patterns based on their BP, medical history etc. If at all, something is detected, the device could inform nearest hospital as well as emergency contacts.
The insertion of tiny devices inside the human body, which could send back images, has already been achieved. So, it is possible to create a device which could tell the person what medicine they needed or what food they should avoid as per their current status.
IoT and health connected together can create a huge impact on the lives of billions and opens up doors that otherwise remained closed.
- Industrial Internet
It has been said time and again that human are not capable of such efficiency that compares flawlessly to a machine’s. However, our shortcomings impact the machine since we are the ones running it but what if that wasn’t the case anymore?
Machines that were connected to each other and knew the process that goes into production without any human intervention. Automation that is smart.
Smart farming has become popular in last few years but IoT would take it to another level. Connected devices wouldn’t just mean that the irrigation would be completely automated but also bring about innovation in livestock farming.
If you were excited about tracking goods while they were on move, imagine the things that can be done to create smart supply chain management with the help of such connectivity. Real time analytics can help business reduce losses and achieve efficiency. Another way to look at it is that you can control the way goods are transported, including changing the temperature of the container as the temperature of the place changes. If that is not enough to get you excited, venture into the possibilities for inventory management and warehousing.
- Life changing
The standard of living and ease of managing ones homes would alter completely with smart homes created by connected devices. If it feels “Back to Future”, that is probably because it is. On a larger note, smart cities can be planned through integration of IoT in electricity distribution, sanitation, retail, education etc.
Wow, this sounds great. Then why isn’t everyone equally excited about it?
The digital world is still seen incapable of its own protection with cybercrime increasing and data theft becoming common. Thus, with IoT comes security concerns but as they say never let the fear of the unknown hinder the good that can come out of it.