IoT Use Cases – Top Six Ways IoT Will Change the World
The Internet of Things (IoT) will change the world. Once every device is talking the same language, developers will be able to connect systems that, while dumb alone, become smart once they can share knowledge with everything else connected to the net.
So, what is possible? How about:
1. Health IoT Use Cases
Brought to life in the television show Humans, the medical industry has what is possibly one of the greatest IoT use cases. Medical monitoring. It is often that doctors will recommended that a patient starts exercising more, or needs to take certain pills. With the Internet of Things, we can have interconnected Gyms and Fitbits, that will allow doctors to monitor patients’ health and wellbeing. An Internet connected pill bottle, with a small light-power weight scale on the bottom, will be able to inform doctors if patients are taking the right dosage. The bottle itself, with a speaker, will be able tograb attention when it is medication time. This will be extremely helpful for Alzheimer patients.
We can go even further than simple exercise and pill taking. We all skip the things that are important to keeping a healthy body and mind, such as getting enough sleep. When the IoT is enabled for every use case, we will be able to measure exactly how much we are getting, and when it might be time to put down the tablet and get to bed for optimal living.
Speaking of sleep…
2. Smart Alarm Clocks
One thing that might convince you of the joys of IoT is that, once we have every system talking to each other, we can have a lie in.
Imagine if your alarm clock could know how busy the traffic is, how long it normally takes you to get to work, and what time you need to get up to get showered, changed, and read the paper before work.
When every car is connected to the IoT, a constant traffic flow can be provided.
It snowed during the night? Your alarm clock would be able to email your boss that you will be late into work, or even working from home that day.
Had an important email come in the evening, which will mean that you have to be at your desk even earlier? Your alarm clock could know that, and not only wake you up in plenty of time, but tell you why it has done so.
For those who work in the creative industry, it can even start reading out news stories that may help you start solving the problem way before you even get into work.
As for the office…
3. IoT Use Cases in the Workplace
The day is busy. There are tasks that need to be done yesterday. And you have client meetings. Every minute you can get during the day is an extra minute that you can be at home.
What if your meeting calendars automatically updated with how late your clients are going to be due to travel times? You could get that all important report done instead of feeling like you can’t start it because you will be in a meeting room in a few minutes.
It is also recommend that for every hour you spend at your desk, you should spend five minutes walking around, but it is not always convenient to pause what you are doing and go for a little wander. With a smart chair connected to the Internet of Things, your computer can wait until your head isn’t in a piece of work before it announces that you really should take a small break.
And when work is finally over and play can start…
4. At home, IoT use cases
You’ve been working late, and it’s winter. Yet when you enter your house,it has been heated to just the temperature that you like. You sit down, and that show your boss was talking to you about has automatically been recommended to you on Netflix.
Now, at home, for at least an hour, you don’t like hearing from the outside world. Nonetheless, the TV pauses your show and interrupts it with a news report, because it turns out that airports are going on strike. You wouldn’t normally care, but the Internet of Things has picked up that you have booked a plane ticket, and the strike is happening right on your holiday dates.
You reach to your phone to call your flight provider, and already, the number is ringing thanks to The Internet of Things.
When you start going on Holidays, the IoT can also help you out there…
5. On Holiday, IoT Use Cases
Because of the speed of Internet connected devices finally talking to each other like they should, you manage to rebook your holiday.
At the airport, thanks to the IoT enabled suitcase you have, the airport staff don’t have to weigh it, tell you that it’s over limit, or that it contains any contraband. You breeze though the security checks, and grab a bite to eat at the café. While you are waiting, you realise that you have completely forgotten to turn down your thermostat, that you have left the light in the bathroom on, and that you’ve forgotten to arrange for someone to water your plants.
Thankfully, the IoT is now in full swing. For people who often take extended holidays (and wouldn’t we all like to), the IoT can completely manage their homes. The use cases for these people include automatic watering of plants, automatic door locking, and management of temperatures.
The thing is, it’s not just the home environment that IoT will have a massive impact on…
6. IoT for the Environment
Really, the most important IoT application is saving the environment. With everything talking to each other, leaps and bounds can be made in keeping the planet earth safe and healthy for generations to come.
Cities would be able to manage their power requirements based purely on actual usage. Is it predicted that there will be good weather for a while? Then it is time to start powering most things through solar power. Are there going to be a lot of cars on the road? Then tweaks can be made to traffic lights and signage to ensure healthy flow throughout the whole town, preventing cars from being at a standstill.
IoT use cases and you:
The Internet of Things and it’s use cases can change your life.
The only problem is that all of the smart devices we have today; Nests, Hues, even online storage services like Dropbox, have the problem of speaking completely different languages with each other. That’s why CloudRail is solving the problem of interoperability and enabling these IoT use cases, and even more, with one universal API to access everything.
If you are a developer, you can help us make all of these dreams, and future ones, a reality by joining our development community.