Technological advancements leading to a smarter planet


The world around us is changing at a rapid pace. Technology has become an integral part of our lives in the last few decades and trends suggest technology will weave itself into our lives even more so in the coming years. There are a plethora of devices that we use to make our everyday tasks easier including our smartphones, smartwatches, Bluetooth trackers, smart door locks and these have impacted our lives so much that we can’t really imagine our lives to be same without them.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Now imagine this for an instance, the alarm clock at your side table rings at 6 AM and alerts your water heater to start heating water. Once you finish your bath, the geyser sends a signal to your coffee maker to start brewing coffee. All of this is possible in today’s time because of the Internet of things. IoT is a concept which can enable connectivity through the internet between all the physical devices making them more convenient for our use. The device is no longer related to just the user, but it’s now connected to surrounding devices and database itself. In a nutshell, IoT is going to revolutionize the way we interact with technology and will essentially change the way we operate in our lives.

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What is the scope of IoT?

In India, IoT may still take years to flourish in India but it is definitely booming currently among customers and industries worldwide. IoT is impacting many industries including healthcare, farming, telecom, retail, transportation worldwide, however, in India, it will have several other uses based on the country’s demographics and cultural set-up. The kind of technology that IoT supports can impact our surroundings in many ways apart from providing affordable wireless technology where data is transmitted into the cloud at a component level and is slowly shaping up to be the next big thing in the technology industry. Be it across society or inside the home, the IoT is a revolution that guarantees to change people’s lives.

Role of IoT in Industry

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As we have discussed so far, it’s clear that the Internet of things has a lot of potential and scope in the future. It’s a platform which can help organizations reduce cost by improving efficiency, productivity, and asset utilization. Let’s see how IoT is helping some of the industries:

Healthcare:

IoT in healthcare has the potential to bring about a revolution in the process of treatment and diagnosis of diseases. Embedding medical equipment with IoT devices will help in monitoring patients more effectively which will lead to improved patient quality of life. Personal fitness and wellness trackers are already gaining popularity and this real-time monitoring gives data which can provide a holistic view of a patient’s medical history and their current health as well as identifying trends that may need medical support.

Automobiles:

Connected smart cars have the ability to sense, analyze and make decisions based on information gathered from the surroundings. Through real-time traffic updates, these cars can optimize traffic routes, avoid accidents and maintain a level of safety previously very tough to achieve. Driverless cars and other automobiles are going to rule the future and soon enough we might see them on the roads.

Agriculture:

The agriculture industry is embracing IoT in a big way. Applications that are significantly helping the industry include smart sensors to remotely monitor and control pumps and equipment, chemical levels, air quality, and soil quality. Farmers are now able to collect relevant data about their crops which can be analyzed to sense the best times to plant crops and how to optimize their yield.

Manufacturing:

IoT in the manufacturing industry is again a win-win partnership. Manufacturers across most areas including automotive and electronics have invested in smart sensors and machine learning to make in-line adjustments to the process. Many manufacturers have already started using IoT solutions to track assets in their factories, consolidating their control rooms and increasing their analytics functionality through the installation of predictive maintenance systems.

The ideas discussed here barely skim the surface of the deep sea of possibilities in the world of IoT where everyone has a shared vision of making this world ‘smart’.

Is this something that has left you curious to know more, learn more and experience in practical? If your answer is yes, then enrol for the Internet of things capsule at MyNT today and get an opportunity to explore this vast concept with some like-minded people.

BY MITALI VERMA

Academics Manager,
Project Mynt

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