The Internet of things (IoT) refers to the concept of extending Internet connectivity beyond conventional computing platforms such as personal computers and mobile devices. Any device which is able to communicate with the Internet can be referred as IoT. The internet has been extensively induced in most of the things today. These things without the internet are more like futile. From home appliances to driverless cars, from healthcare to virtual assistants, from delivery-drones to the latest car-vending-machines, all these are great examples of the internet of things (IoT). Embedded with electronics, internet connectivity, and other forms of hardware such as sensors, these devices can communicate and interact with others over the Internet, and they can be remotely monitored and controlled.
Internet of things is transforming our lives today. It has the potential to revolutionize all sorts of industries. Let’s take a look at how the Internet of things is transforming industries:
The Internet of Things technology deployment in medical industry is also referred to as the Internet of Medical Things or IoMT for short. IoMT is also known as healthcare IoT. The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is the collection of medical devices and applications that connect to healthcare IT systems through online computer networks. Medical devices equipped with Wi-Fi allow machine-to-machine communication that is the basis of IoMT. IoMT devices link to cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services, on which captured data can be stored and analyzed.
IoT has already provided the healthcare industry with a huge number of benefits, such as:
- remote health and monitoring
- real-time consultation solutions
- improve affordability of healthcare and reduce hospital costs
- enable doctors and medical practitioners to provide higher levels of personalized care
- track health records and patient history in real time through cloud services.
Recently, a Parkinson’s patient in China has received the first remote brain surgery operation in a demonstration of the IoT’s life-changing potential when adopted in healthcare.
This ‘world's first remote brain surgery,’ highlights the healthcare potential of IoT.
Transportation and Logistics:
The top-priority objectives of logistics companies are to ensure just-in-time delivery, supply chain visibility, product lifecycle transparency and quality services. The success of any logistics company lies in efficient inventory management and warehousing, automation of internal business processes, fast delivery and taking care of safe storage and quality of goods.
IoT like drone-based delivery services have the highest potential in retail, logistics, agriculture and e-commerce. These can add speed and efficiency to the working environment.
Some other benefits of IoT in logistics and transportation industry are:
- driverless cars
- location management systems
- inventory tracking and warehousing
- IoT and blockchain improves supply chain management
- smart traffic management systems
- maintaining vehicle health.
In manufacturing industry, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is highly beneficial. The use of smart sensors and actuators to enhance manufacturing and industrial processes has benefited this industry to a great extent. IIoT leverages the power of smart machines and real-time analytics takes advantage of data to enhance qualitative and quantitative production. They are better at communicating important information that can be used to drive business decisions faster and more accurately.
The industry can not only analyze how their products are being used but they also determine the usage patterns. Manufacturing industries are adopting IoT tools to increase their efficiency which helps them in their day to day operations and facilitates them to optimize their production quality and offers high-end safety as well.
Some of the services provided by IoT in the manufacturing industry are:
- digitally connected factory
- in time manufacturing
- optimum energy efficiency
- predictive manufacturing line maintenance
- fast and more informed decision making
- machine repeatability
- production flow monitoring.
IoT in hospitality means reduced costs and optimized guest experience. The hospitality industry is implementing IoT-centric systems in order to better serve customers and also increase the efficiency of its operations. The customer serves to be the king in the hospitality industry. The success of any hospitality industry depends on how well it serves its customers.
Here are significant benefits of IoT in the hospitality industry:
- real-time control/automation
- remote-management system
- food preparation monitoring
- surveillance and access control
- lighting and HVAC regulation
- instant notification of failures.
Customer Service Industry:
When it comes to customer service, everyone at some point has had an interaction with customer service, whether it’s been restaurants, retail, or even a new business line. Customer service has been revolutionized with the induction of AI (Artificial Intelligence) in IoT. AI is really starting to make an impact in the customer service industry. Customer service executives are being replaced by chatbots which are reliable and can stay available to customers 24x7.
In addition, IoT in customer service industry is reaping benefits like:
- prompt customer support service
- boosts lead generation
- increases customer-reach efficiency
- easily accessible and faster communication.
IoT is the future and is revolutionizing the world with a fast pace.
However, IoT will prove to be successful only if we adopt this robust technology and utilize it more effectively because change is inevitable while growth is optional. IoT is the future industry.