The Internet of Things is a system of connecting a network of interrelated devices to each other or to the Internet intelligently to leverage data without human interaction. Internet of Things makes use of the inbuilt sensors in the devices collect data from the environment and sends the most valuable information to the devices after processing the data. Few years back, Internet of Things was only possible in Science fiction movies but right now, it is applicable to everyday life. The process that explains how the Internet of things works; sensors on the devices collect data from the environment which is sent to the cloud and after the data has been processed, the devices sends the useful information to the user.
The Internet of Things has lots of benefits to us all, and we will all love to have and use devices connected to the Internet of things platform as it makes life easier and makes all our daily routine automated. Some of the benefits of Internet of things to us includes:
The Internet of things increases the communication between two devices. This is known as Machine to Machine communication. With this your physical devices can stay connected.
Devices connected to the Internet of things platform have access to a whole lot of information that would be very useful for our decision making daily.
With the Internet of things, our daily routine can be automated so there is no need to go through the stress of carrying it out.
The pain of having to go through the same routine on a daily basis has been eased with the Internet of things as you can now have more time to do other important activities.
With the Internet of things, it is possible to control almost all your devices from your smart phone or computer. Manual operation of device will soon be eradicated.
Creation of smart devices is possible with the Internet of things so usage of devices has been made easier.
Devices connected to the Internet of things platform can be made to function accurately for different individuals for personal use.
Applications of Internet of Things
The application of the Internet of things cut across every part of our life. We can make use of it in our homes, in our offices, in business and basically every field. An example of the application of Internet of things is the smart home and there are series of technologies in the smart home. An example is a smart alarm clock. The clock is able to pick up information about the traffic conditions, the weather conditions and is able to adjust the time you wake in order to avoid delay. In the kitchen, a smart refrigerator is able to suggest recipes for different delicacy based on the ingredients available in the refrigerator, it can make a list for shopping and can even monitor the expiry date of foodstuffs. You can even get a smart coffee maker that will prepare your coffee as soon as your alarm goes off. It is also possible to get a smart lock on your doors and smart security cameras that is able to recognize and differentiate between residents, burglars, visitors or pets and can either grant access or denial access to the person.
Another application is the smart wearables. This includes smart watches, smart glasses and fitness-tracking bands. Fitness-tracking bands are equipped with sensors that collect data from the user and with this data, it can keep track of the user. Examples of data collected by fitness-tracking bands include, heart beat rate, blood pressure, blood sugar level, number of calories burned, number of steps walked etc.
Smart cities are also another application of Internet of things. This makes it possible to control problems related with urban cities, from the distribution of water to the management of waste. It is possible to monitor the flow of traffic; the weather conditions and it reduces noise and air pollution.
It is also possible to have a car connected to the Internet of things platform. With this, it is possible to have self-driven cars. All you need to do is to have your mobile phone connected and you put in your location and destination and the car will pick you up and drop you at your destination. The car can also be able to diagnose itself and if possible, order for the replacement of the parts. Movement has never been easier and convenient.
With the Internet of Things, hospitals can now track and monitor all their patients. Chips can be inserted into the patients to track their response, if needed, they can prescribe other methods to treat the patients. It will also make the doctor know the patient in a critical condition and will the needed attention.
Internet of Things is proving to be one of the best of technology we have developed. As it is very useful and vital to us.