List of Uses for IoT
One of the most common phrases we hear is "What does it mean that IoT will change the world" or "I don't understand how Internet of things is the next best thing". Most consumers are looking for examples of wider breadth of examples and IoT in the wild or, at the very least, a list of potential future uses. At Terepac we understand that IoT is more than a novel thermostat or a fridge with a display. There are hundreds of practical uses outside of the common pop culture trends. Here are a few non-exhaustive examples of IoT
IoT isn't just about changing the colour of your lightbulbs to suit your mood. IoT in the home will be largely about blending your home, entertainment, and security.
- Water and gas metres
- Internal and external automatic lighting
- Water leakage and moisture detection
- Appliance that start preparing your meal because they know when your almost home
- Electricity panel that reports to you how much electricity your using
- Pet food dish that feeds your pet on a schedule
- Solar panels that monitor how much energy you used, generated, and sold back to the grid
With most of our infrastructure owned or regulated by cities, city IoT has the greatest potential to enhance our daily lives
- Fire hydrants to monitor water pressure and leakages
- Traffic lights that can connect with emergency vehicles and help expedite their arrival time
- Infrastructure like lights and car lanes that can be modified depending on the traffic volume
- Parking metres that connect directly to your car and your payment method
Automobiles will use a combination of tethered and embedded connections to communicate with the outside driving experience.
- Stop signs and lights that communicate with cars to tell them when to stop
- Cars can communicate with each other and use cryptocurrency to negotiate and pay other drivers to let them through. This would be handy for commercial transit like buses that are on a schedule.
- Parking lots that help driver-less cars find a parking stall after dropping off the driver
- Monitoring minute differences in machine vibrations, heat, and humidity so to know when a machine will break down before it does
- Tracking shipping containers and shipments around the world
- Automatic check in and check out with connected passports
- Track your luggage around the world and know when/if it has been loaded on your plane
- Go out for dinner at a fancy restaurant and charge it back to your hotel for a discount