At the blink of a few years, the Internet of Things (IoT) is being introduced and storms the market at the speed of light for adoption. If at this moment of time you still do not know the use of IoT for the various use cases and applications, this post will provide you a quick update or it will help you refresh your working knowledge. Let’s see from the smart home application of IoT you are most easy to relate with.
- Smart energy management
Energy management was one of the original focuses of Internet of Things development, with smart thermostats like Google Nest , Hive, Tado and Honeywell offering systems that allow home owners to adjust their temperature and hot water settings from a smartphone. Some of these systems also learn the user’s habits and gradually adjust their settings to fit the users’ preferences.
- Smart lighting
Smart lighting systems allow users to adjust the colour and brightness of the lighting in their home from a smartphone, according to their mood, or control via Smart Home Center such as Google Home. Manufacturers already produce their product to tap the growth in smart homes. You named it, from programmed to act as an alarm clock, change the color according to the music, change the temperature for giving cool to warm according to the use case in the day. Below is the photo of IKEA smart lighting line up saw on the internet.
- Connected appliances
Being able to control your home appliances from your office has become a big area of growth for the Internet of Things. For example, users of Electrolux’s CombiSteam oven can turn the oven on, adjust the temperature and humidity, and watch their food cooking from their smartphone via an interior-mounted camera. Smaller appliances like Smarter’s WiFi coffee machine, let you make a cup of freshly ground coffee while you are still in bed.
- Smart security
Mobile devices are increasingly used for identity management. The Smart Lock being introduce to bypasses the need for keys, allowing you to gain access to your home with the simple tap of a smartphone or electronic fob, and sends you a text when the locks are activated. Built-in proximity sensors can detect you are away and help you to auto lock in case you forget to do so. It brings human smart touch and sense for a better living with smart devices that introduce to work with smart homes as a whole. For example, below is one of the examples Xiaomi developed smart door lock open with smart watch, to make keyless living, or bring as many key as possible become reality.
- Self-driving cars
The Internet of Things is not just about making things smarter in your home but also in your car. Google kickstarted consumer interest in self-driving cars a couple years back, when it began testing its driverless vehicles in Silicon Valley. Then we saw a lot of self-driving car projects and initiatives began on a global scale, from car manufacturers to share riding service providers, some of which can be controlled using smartphones and even smart watches. Of course, it will still take some time to replace the current car driving scene, but it soon to be reality.
- Self-tending gardens
Out in the garden, Parrot has been making a splash with its Flower Power H2O , which autonomously waters your plants using exactly the right amount of water at exactly the right time and gives you personalised advice through a smartphone app. Meanwhile, a smart garden system from Edyn monitors and tracks environmental conditions, helping you make your plants thrive.
- Wearable health and fitness monitors
Wearable devices are often thought of as separate from the 10 technologies that will make the Internet of Things a reality, but the health and fitness data from these gadgets is increasingly being fed back into the wider network. For example, Jawbone’s Up fitness tracker monitors sleep patterns and can set the alarm on your smartphone to go off at the best time, based on your body’s natural sleep cycle.
Drones are one of the areas in accelerated development, from originally invented for consumer self flying drones, to now the government and industry of various nations look to explore use it for survey the air space or delivery from the air for small parcels, the commercial application is endless.
- Smarter city infrastructure
For the Internet of Things to really become a reality, the connectivity has to go beyond the products we use and become integrated into the environment around us. From traffic lights that adjest their waiting time based on congestion levels to parking systems that help drivers find a free parking space using a smartphone app , cities are becoming smarter by the day.
- Faster, more intelligent networks
Beneath all of this lies the networks on which the Internet of Things will run. Huge investment is being made in networking technologies like 5G, ZigBee, and ‘white spaces’ to ensure that this infrastructure will be fast enough and affordable enough to support the influx of connected devices. Only when this is in place will the Internet of Things become a reality.
Feel free to contact E-SPIN for various IoT Monitorning and IoT Security requirement.
To know more about Internet of Things (IoT), please click on the link below: