Updated: Jan 13
Internet of Things (IoT), along with Big Data Analytics (BDA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has shown us how everyday objects can be connected to a network to enhance the experience of people participating in daily routines.
The functionality of IoT extends into data collection, smart networking, and predictive analytics, if when leveraged by people, can be used to enhance the way we carry out our daily routines.
Let us look at some of the common examples.
1. Fitness tracker/Smartwatch
The sensors that come fitted with your smartwatch plays an important role in capturing various metrics related to health such as sleeping patterns, heart rate, and workout statistics. These data will then be described through interactive, visual information that is easy to understand, allowing users to make data-driven decisions to live a healthy lifestyle.
2. Health monitoring
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Health monitoring devices allows users to keep track on the health conditions of their loved ones, especially infants, the elderly, and those requiring constant care. These devices provide users important data such as heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing patterns in real-time, alerting them if there are sudden fluctuations or inconsistencies. Certain devices can immediately notify relevant authorities, depending on the seriousness of the situation.
3. Connected car
As part of realizing Next-Generation Vehicles (NxGVs), vehicle manufacturers have begun to develop smartphone applications as a “link” between the owner and their vehicle to allow a more convenient approach to vehicle ownership.
These applications can be used to control certain in-car functions such as light control, windows, and even air-conditioning. The application can also be used to monitor important vehicle data such as fuel consumption, tyre pressure, and battery level, enabling vehicle owners to carefully plan their journey and maintenance procedures.
4. Smart home
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The concept of a Smart Home revolves around two-way communication of data across home appliances such as fridge, thermometers, and locks, allowing users to control the function of every connected appliance through a single interface from wherever they are. This also involves the monitoring of their homes (through a Smart CCTV system), which can be used to enhance security levels of a user’s home.
Users can also set certain “rules” for these connected appliances to “follow” such as turning on the lights at 7pm or turning on the air-conditioning unit when temperatures rise above 35 degree Celsius, allowing for a more convenient and pleasurable lifestyle.
5. Delivery tracking
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Have you ever wondered how you get to track the location of the food you ordered?
In terms of food delivery, the location data of your rider is transmitted to your phone in real-time, allowing you to know the exact location of your food, which in turn allows the application to provide users an estimated delivery time.
Apart from food delivery, logistics companies utilise sensors and trackers fitted on parcels to provide their customers the necessary details as international deliveries usually involve multimodal transportation.
The capabilities of IoT are limitless, as it iterates, improves, and keeps building as data is being continuously generated and analysed. Coupled with AI algorithms, machine learning, and deep learning, IoT devices can only become smarter and more efficient than they already are. This provides an avenue for the common people to participate in digital trends that will probably become the new normal.
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