The development of IoT marks an important shift in technological developments, and is often referred to as the precursor to the next Industrial Revolution, often called “Industry 4.0”. This is because technology opens up smarter devices, improved communication, and increased automation.
The technology affects important projects and shapes how “smart cities” and critical infrastructure are developed. And it already has a large presence in our everyday life, and is used in everything from smart speakers to advanced security systems.
Here are three examples of IoT technology that is already an integral part of everyday life:
IoT in the office
Large office buildings quickly become demanding and expensive to operate because of all the people who go in and out during the day, and all the facilities will be operated accordingly. Operations departments in large real estate companies therefore realized early on how IoT technology can streamline the operation of buildings while keeping costs down.
For example, it is often the case that in large buildings only parts of it are in use at the same time. Having only one on and off switch for the entire building’s ventilation system and lighting can quickly lead to high expenses and a lot of wasted energy. If, on the other hand, you connect these functions to the use of the building, you will not only be able to reduce operating costs and energy consumption, but also the climate footprint.
A common way to do this is by means of access systems. These can tell when the different parts of the building are in use. Facilities such as light, heating and ventilation can be automatically activated accordingly. The IoT technology also makes it possible to record the extent to which each part of the building is used, so that operations and routines can be adjusted accordingly. Such as cleaning plan and general maintenance.
IoT in healthcare
In the healthcare sector, IoT devices have long been used to help healthcare professionals provide care services, such as remote monitoring of patients and medical devices. But more recently, we have also seen new, innovative ways in which technology helps patients.
Take, for example, the Norwegian company No Isolation. They aim to reduce social isolation and loneliness through “hot technology.” Their AVI robot uses IoT technology to ensure that children with long-term illnesses can still be an involved part of both teaching and social life at school. The AV1 robot has its own place in the classroom, helping the sick child see, hear and interact with what is happening in class from home or hospital. Through a secure app, your child can communicate with their classmates or signal whether they want to answer a question.
Here, IoT technology has been shown to improve the quality of life of people cut off from the world. The solutions help children stay in touch with their friends and maintain a certain level of normality during the time they cannot be present at school.
IoT in agriculture
Agriculture is becoming increasingly challenging over the years due to growing populations (which are increasing demand for food), as well as increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather conditions. But with the help of technology, farmers can get detailed data and analysis of growing conditions that will increase the chances of a successful harvest.
Since farms most often consist of large open areas with many expensive possessions scattered around, the ability to monitor livestock, machines and other equipment will ensure that farmers can protect their livelihoods. In addition, IoT devices and applications can help farmers make better and informed decisions during the growth period.
For example, smart devices can provide important information about the state of the soil or crop. Automated notifications allow farmers to stay ahead of possible problems. Readings from the soil will also make it easier to make environmentally conscious choices when it comes to the use of fertilizers and water.
IoT in the future
The use of IoT solutions in society and in our daily lives will undoubtedly increase even more. The market and demand are growing as the benefits of this type of solution are discovered. It can have a significant positive impact on how we deal with health care, prevent accidents, organize society and increase productivity.
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