4 Major Real World Applications of IoT that You Did not Know

on Monday, 14 August 2017
IoT stands for the internet of things. You may have heard a lot about IoT, but what it is, only a few people know. The term Internet of Things covers a vast array of information & is basically about an evolving network of connected objects/devices which can be used to transmute data via embedded sensors.

The list of items ranges from thermostats, lights, cars, and refrigerators among other things which can be connected to the IoT. I know it is hard to digest, but if there is an easy way of understanding things, it's by way of real world applications. Without further ado let us find out where and how IoT is utilized:

1.     Smart Home

The most significant use is in the form of smart home. Why is that so? It is because smart home is readily available to consumers. Also, it is the most affordable platforms even when you make use of it on your academic writing help out there. The smart home comprises products such as Amazon Echo and the Nest Thermostat among hundreds of other products.

The USP of the smart home is that the consumers can speak and through voice recognition controls all the appliances around the house. This system has made the lives connected in more than one ways imaginable. It’s only a matter of time before smart home becomes as common as smartphones.

Practical example:

As mentioned, Amazon Echo is one such product which packs the voice assistant called Alexa. Users interact with it and get the tasks at hand done. The tasks range from playing music to asking for a weather update or even calling an Uber.

2.     Wearables

We all know that it was a long time ago when watches stopped telling time. Slight correction JUST stopped telling time. Watches such as the Apple Watch and other smart watches are more smartphone belt on our wrists from where you can access phone calls, texting, and so on so forth.

Fitbit and Jawbone are few of the popular devices that have made the world of fitness a force to be reckoned. They keep track of the data that goes in while working out. People can develop routines around it; whether to improve on the existing workout regimen or curtail exercise due to the fatigue factor.

Practical example:

Fitbit One helps you monitor how many steps you have taken, or steps climbed, the quality of sleep you have had and the calories you have burnt. There is a wealth of data and effortlessly syncs with your smartphones and computers. You can then convert this data into charts and graphs for better understanding.

3.     Smart Cities

Smart cities! Yes, this is a real deal! How? With proper connection and stats availability, one can solve the most pertinent issues citizens of any city face. Not that it has been put to the test but it is claimed that the potential is enormous. With the help of IoT, you can address matters such as traffic congestion, eliminate crime in addition to, noise pollution and crime.

Practical example:

Let us explain with an example so that the concept sits well with you folks. Barcelona. Yes, Barcelona as many of you are aware that it is the city in Spain. But not every one of you is mindful of the fact that it happens to be a smart city as discussed previously. With IoT, they have incorporated smart parking and added to the overall wellness of the environment.

4.     Connected Car

These are cars which are equipped with internet facility. The access to the web can be capitalized by others with whom it is shared. It is akin to a wireless network that you would connect to at your home or workplace. The trend is on the rise since more and more vehicles equipped with IoT are coming out in the market.

Practical example:

AT&T launched its connected car service which as of 2nd quarter of 2016 has added some 1.3 million vehicles to its share of providing IoT. The connected cars stood at 9.5 million, then. You can imagine where it must have jumped to by now. Certainly, it isn't slowing anytime soon. Moreover, drivers do not have to pay a monthly fee to be counted among the subscribers of this service.

In conclusion

Above are a few real world applications that have taken the world by storm. Do you think we missed out on some applications? Let us know in the comment box below.

Author Bio:

Name: Ivan Hamlin
Ivan Hamlin is a tech geek and a software architect by profession. In his leisure time, he loves to blog, he run an academic writing help company can be contacted via his Twitter handle.