IoT connects the things of everyday use – electronics, wearables, sensors, software, etc. – to the internet for data collection and exchange. The whole process initiates with devices such as electronic appliances, digital watches, and smartphones to mention a few that securely communicate with an IoT platform. This platform is built to collect, combine, and use data from different devices and applies analytics to address industry-specific needs. This valuable data is shared with other applications for the required outcomes.

Let’s explore IoT applications with uses.

Smart Cities:
As the name implies, it’s the mega innovation of the decade that spans a wide range of use cases from traffic management to environmental monitoring, water distribution, waste management, and urban security – more to come. The key reason behind its growing popularity is that IoT here tends to remove the problems and discomfort of all types such as air and noise pollution, and traffic, etc., in the city life of the people. IoT solutions applied in the smart cities concept tries to make urban life safer for its residents.  

Smart Homes:
When a city is smart, then why not you should have a smart home as well. It’s one of the most efficient and important use cases that ranks the highest in IoT applications. Every month, the number of people searching for smart homes is increasing at a fast pace. A number of startups like Nest, AlertMe, etc., and multinational corporations like Haier, Philips, etc., are actively involved in the development of smart homes compared to other IoT applications. The investment in this field of IoT is also growing that endorses the rising trend of smart homes.     

Industrial Internet:
The industrial internet is vital to connect devices and machines in industries such as oil, gas, power generation, and healthcare. It also plays a role in the life-threatening situations caused due to system failures or unplanned downtime. Here, comes the need of IoT powered systems as life-savers, such as smart home appliances and fitness bands for heart monitoring. However, despite providing ease of use, these systems do not create emergency situations and may not be able to actually save lives in case of downtime occurrence. Well, the industrial internet is a pretty good use case of IoT applications and with more development, in the future, it will be of great help to humanity.

Intelligent Transportation:
Now, this technology incorporates an extensive network of multiple sensors, embedded software and antennas to assist in communication and navigation to easy and secure traveling. Connected car technology based on IoT is reliable and quickly makes the required decisions with accuracy and consistency. The automated cars are successfully tested and running on the highways now. IoT becomes more critical when people under unfortunate situations lose control of the brakes and steering wheel. Connected car technology ensures easy navigation with advanced security.  

Smart Wearables:
Just like smart homes and cities based on IoT technology, digital wearables are quite a hot topic amongst IoT applications. Apple’s smartwatch is a pretty cool example in this regard. Every year, people from around the world desperately wait for the release of a new version with more smart features based on IoT. There are plenty of other IoT-enabled wearables – smart devices with body-mounted sensors that tend to make people’s life easy such as, Myo Gesture Control Armband, Sony Smart B-Trainer, CYCORE (for measuring key clinical conditions) and even smart jewelry like Leaf’s Safer wearable with a location tracker to name a few.   

IoT in Healthcare:
IoT has a wide variety of applications in healthcare to keep patients safe and healthy. Call it telehealth, digital health, or telemedicine, Connected Health is a growing trend incorporating everything from remote monitoring to personal fitness sensors, medical equipment integration, and surgical robots. IoT in the healthcare industry improves how physicians can deliver care in a better way and allows patients to have quick interaction with their doctors – ultimately, it helps boost patient satisfaction. IoT with its revolutionizing healthcare technologies provides both the patients and healthcare professionals life-changing and pocket-friendly solutions.       

Retail & Supply Chain:
Retail and supply chain industry is another area of IoT application that stands out. Retailers are adopting IoT solutions across a number of business applications to improve store operations (increased sales, inventory management, and reducing theft, etc.) and enhance customer shopping experience. Even physical retailers can compete and regain their market share against their online counterparts. Likewise, supply chains are getting smarter by using IoT embedded systems for tracking of goods and changing factory equipment settings for optimized performance. The smart sensors integrated into supply chain equipment collect and communicate data (pressure, temperature and machine utilization, etc.) across different IoT-enabled supply chain applications.

Conclusion:
With all these IoT applications and their uses in real life, it’s understandable how IoT is creating opportunities across all industries. IoT embedded systems are a great way to connect the physical world with computer-based systems using smart sensors and the internet. It results in the automation of different fields, all while improving accuracy, efficiency, and growth.