How IoT is Changing the World
The internet of things is continuously growing and evolving. And today we are seeing more and more practical applications entering our lives. It’s everywhere, in our homes, cities, hospital and even clothes. Where it might have seemed farfetched only a few years ago, now almost everything has some type of digital integration. These are some of the most remarkable ways the IoT is changing our everyday lives.
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Just to recap for those that don’t know what exactly the IoT is, and how it works. Simply put, it is the network of all the products and items that can have some form of digital connection. These days they are nearly all products, from microwaves to cars to streetlights. And of course all actual digital products like phones and computer.
Each of these products has a unique identifier that emits some form of information. While this is in and of itself not that useful, when all of the data gets collected and analysed, things get interesting. When combining the right types of information and the right types of devices communicate, there are infinite beneficial possibilities.
What we can do now that is making the difference is the way this information is processed and used. The big network is so quick that we can have real time updates from sensors and devices all over the world. And the responses to the data is almost instantaneous.
One example also showcased in the video are the so called “Smart Cities”. And again, just looking at one city, there numerous applications. The public transport runs smoother and travellers are instantaneously updated on the most recent travel times and delays. The City can be kept up-to-date when it comes to road and building conditions, allowing for better maintenance. Pollution can be tracked and CO2 emission can be reduced thanks to better city infrastructure.
This is but one of many ways the IoT is being used today. It can be applied in practically every field, from medicine to architecture. And this is only the beginning. Imagine what can be done, in 2, 10 or 20 years. The possibilities are endless, and we look forward to seeing where this technology takes us next.