Internet of Things (IoT) is a field whose upper limits are currently unknown. It is a technology that is spreading to various industries at a breakneck pace, transforming the way entire sectors do business. With the way IoT connects devices, its adoption is allowing various industries to see promising results, from increased efficiency to costs savings and better profitability, whether it is the healthcare or energy sector.
There is no better time to become a manufacturer of IoT devices than the present. And we are going to take a look at a couple of use cases for IoT being used innovatively in various sectors.
In healthcare is where IoT wearables are making the most strides in conjunction with big data. With heart rate monitors being outfitted in watches, chest straps, fitness trackers and other smart wearable devices, doctors are able to monitor patients remotely and in real time. This is a time-saving and cost-cutting feature because now doctors can be miles away and still be updated on the vital stats of their patients via the data transmitted by these devices.
Another good use of IoT devices in healthcare allows bedridden patients to be able to control their environment. With devices being interconnected, patients can be able to turn on the AC, change channels on the television and even call family and friends for a chat or the nurse for assistance. IoT is being used to improve the quality of life for hospital patients.
With IoT allowing machines and systems in manufacturing to automatically communicate with each other in real-time, manufacturers are finding clever uses for this new technology. For instance, monitoring performance of machines across multiple sites can now be done remotely, which has the advantage of improving operational efficiency and drastically minimizing downtime of an entires site.
Transport and Logistics
In this sector, tracking companies are using IoT in ways that boost productivity and efficiency like never before. Fleet management is always an issue, especially when it comes to communicating with individual drivers to provide real-time updates of what is happening on the ground. With IoT, these companies can outfit their trucks with sensors, trackers and cameras that feed live data to their visual analytics system.
Imagine if a truck blows out one of its tires. If it has been outfitted with smart sensors, they can send an alert that the truck needs assistance. Instead of asking where the driver is, the tracker can send a location, allowing the fleet manager to take action and rectify the problem.
Energy companies have so many systems and equipment operating at one given time that having them interconnected can significantly improve efficiency and savings. With IoT, an energy company can create a complex system using sensors that can monitor entire power stations and detect any potential problems before they become unmanageable. This very system can also control power use and distribution to all remote locations without needing constant human intervention.
As you can see IoT is playing a vital role in changing the way businesses do what they do to grow and become profitable. This is especially true for companies that operate on a global scale where everything is interconnected. With so many business sectors switching to IoT, it is time for manufacturers of non-IoT devices to be proactive and adopt the technology as well.