Top 3 uses for the internet of things (IoT)

By Amber Naylor
In no particular order, we take a look at internet of things (IoT) technology, and the ways in which it can improve our lives at work and at home...


Top 3 uses for the internet of things (IoT)

In no particular order, we take a look at internet of things (IoT) technology, and the ways in which it can improve our lives at work and at home 

Forbes states the following about IoT. Focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT), it is becoming a progressively growing topic of discussion, both in the business and personal world. This concept not only has the potential to massively impact how society lives but also how it will change the working environment. Simply stated, the Internet of Things is a concept that involves connecting any device with an on and off switch, to the internet (or/and to each other). Examples of this include: Mobiles, Washing Machines, Headphones, Wearable Devices; most items can be included within this list. More specifically, components of machines, such as a jet engine, could also be added. Gartner , the analyst firm, notes that within 2020, there will be well over 26 billion connected devices. IoT is the foundation of this giant network, of connecting ‘Things’ - which can also be people. The relationships can form as follows: people-things, people-people and things-things. 

Below are 3 main uses for the Internet of Things, that can be used in both personal and working environments. 

  1. Smart Energy

Many individuals are now installing ‘Smart Meters’ within homes, to be able to get a better understanding and idea of how our electric consumption is being used, and by what devices. The meters monitor the usage and the cost equating to that usage. From this, the industry itself is benefiting from society’s use of the Smart Meter, by simplifying the process and being able to sell energy back to the grid. 

  1. Automotive

The Internet of Things has been making colossal strides within the automotive sector. Tesla, for example, are one of the top trending brands within the automotive manufacturing industry who are focused on how to enhance technology within its vehicles. With the continuation of progress that is already being made within the automotive sector, alongside the use of communication technology such as 5G, will all aid in the most anticipated end result; autonomous driving solutions. 

  1. Smart Cities

Undoubtedly, cities, globally, are getting smarter. With the use of IoT data collection, narrowing down how these connections are being used. Other data that is being collected stems from all aspects within how society lives and moves within a city. Sensors measuring the quantity of people entering a building, or observing the traffic levels, can all be redeployed in order to make improvements for the city, whether it be for economical or sustainability terms.  


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