Applications of IoT

If you still don’t have a definition for Internet of Things (IoT), you should adopt one. As in the coming years it will be a major in our lives.

In our life we have many dumb devices which cannot hear and cannot speak. Using sensors and controllers with those devices –or what we call “Things”-, we can hear from them and also speak to them.

By hearing or acquiring data from those things, we can store these data on a cloud on the internet that can be shared publicly for anyone to access. The bigger the data are, the better the decision that we can make. On the other hand, to speak to these things, they can be manually or automatically controlled.

Along the following years, we will deal with many applications listed under the IoT category which aims to provide you with an easier life such as:

“Self-driving cars”:

Google has already kick-started consumer interest in self-driving cars when it began testing its driverless vehicles in Silicon Valley. Since then, Mercedes, Audi and BMW have all announced their own self-driving car prototypes, some of which can be controlled using smartphones and even smart watches.

“Health Monitoring”:

When a prescription is running low, an appointment will be made with your physician through connected RX bottles. Doctors will be kept informed with how often and when their patients are taking their medicine and those with ongoing health issues will be able to have things such as blood pressure and sugar levels monitored remotely.

“Energy consumption”:

High-energy consumption appliances will be adjusted based on dynamic price signals to lower your electric bill. Thermostats and lighting will learn your habits to create the optimal setting based on your daily life, such as turning to your ideal temperature just before you arrive home. These gadgets will also sense when no one is in the house and turn off automatically to reduce wastes and costs.

“Smart Lighting”

Smart lighting systems like Philips Hue allow users to adjust the color and brightness of the lighting in their home from a smartphone, according to their mood. Similar lighting systems from companies like LG can also be programmed to act as an alarm clock, for example, getting gradually brighter from a chosen time in the morning, or blinking when the user gets a phone call.

Developing in the IoT field is open for everyone, so prepare your things to conquer the IoT world.

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This Post is posted by Abdelrahman El-Adawy

An IEEE AlexSB Volunteer, R&P Committee.

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