The world has changed a lot in the past century, and advances in the field of technology almost entirely drove it. In this day and age, nothing seems to take us by surprise when it comes to technology. Yet, the Internet of Things (IoT) is something which has taken the world of technology by storm and is set to change our lives in a big way.
There are several real-world applications for IoT which are changing the way things work traditionally. There are far-reaching applications which are being experimented right now even as we speak. It ranges from its utility in the healthcare industry to predictive analytics and other areas where technology is reaching out.
First, it would do well to define IoT, which is creating so much excitement and anticipation for everyone.
What is IoT?
Internet of Things or IoT is a real-world technological network of devices which makes it possible to share or transfer information in this network seamlessly. These devices can be smartphones, computers, ACs, thermostats, microwaves, Bluetooth speakers and a range of other electrical and electronic devices.
Smart Home Devices and IoT
Several smart home devices run on IoT and make it possible to control all home devices from a single place. Google and Amazon offer some of the most popular smart home devices that enable smart control of everything from surveillance cameras, security devices, electronic locks, TV displays and Microwave to any other electronic or electrical devices including lighting.
This has made life easier for elderly who are not well versed with modern tech and can easily use voice command to set AC temperature, access displays or ensure if security devices are working securely. These smart devices also use AI and predictive analytics that work with the help of IoT. Without IoT or the ability for these devices to communicate with each other, these technologies would not be able to work as desired.
Applications of IoT in Healthcare
Some several wearable medical devices and implants work using IoT and enable accessing and storing useful health-related information. These smart medical devices are connected to a smartphone app that helps gather and share critical data and makes possible real-time health monitoring.
With the help of real-time health monitoring, it has become possible to save lives in cases of medical emergencies. These smart medical devices transfer data to your smartphone app, and the data is automatically sent to the physician looking after a specific patient. In case of a heart attack or asthma attacks, for instance, information indicating such an event would be sent to the physician in an automated manner and a medical alert would be created to elicit an emergency response.
This kind of technology can prove invaluable to critically ill patients, elderly, disabled and especially ones who have no option but to live alone. None of this would be possible without coming together of IoT and AI-driven technologies and smart algorithms that understand user behaviour, health data and also help with processing information and sending emergency alerts.
IoT-Enabled Affordable Healthcare
IoT-powered medical devices and apps allow a number of advantages in terms of healthcare. These systems allow easier interoperability, data movement and work as healthcare mobility solutions that are one of the next-gen applications in the field of healthcare.
It allows minimal use of resources and thus reduces medical expenses to a great extent. This is the miracle of IoT-enabled medical assistance technology which has made health monitoring and treatment reserved for the elite a few years ago is now cost-effective enough for someone looking for guaranteed loans.
IoT for Data Collection and Research
The applications go beyond individual use and given the breadth and scope of its use in the field of medicine alone, IoT-driven healthcare systems collect massive datasets. These kinds of datasets can be of assistance in technology-driven medical research and lead to some path breaking results.
Such data analyzed and processed with the help of AI-powered systems is of great use for researchers to assess and predict issues with diagnosis and treatment systems. It also makes it possible to improve treatment methods and enhance the quality of healthcare services to another level.
The applications are not limited to the field of medicine. The global industry is getting ready for the next big push brought about by IoT-enabled systems that work in sync with AI-powered technologies and predictive analytics to manage to administrate and troubleshoot industrial processes. These advanced systems management approaches can also help improve maintenance and reduce downtime for an industrial processing unit, for instance.
The utilities of IoT are virtually unlimited, and the world is just witnessing the beginning of a new era of interconnected technology and systems that is all set to bring the next significant change, whether it be industry or medicine, finance, smart devices or anything else you could think of.