Things that can think
- Travel: Sensors that correlate flight data with luggage and passenger location, optimizing logistics chains and offering targeted, customer-centric services
- Agriculture: Intelligent field equipment that receives data from weather, soil, and seed sensors, helping farmers plant the right crops at the right time in the best location
- Manufacturing and production: Sensor data correlated from vehicle locations, pallets of goods, and employees, boosting the efficiency of the logistics chain
- Healthcare: Wearable devices that report on patient metrics, helping clinicians identify life-threatening conditions or suggest behavioral changes that could improve a person’s health
- Municipal services: Embedded road sensors that monitor traffic, air pollution, and highway conditions, helping public service organizations improve citizen quality of life
- Energy and environmental: Connected sensors and applications that allow businesses to centrally and securely control devices and the energy they consume for greater cost savings and enhanced sustainability
For example, utility companies could reduce power demand by adjusting LED lights from bright white to a yellow tone that saves thousands of watts of energy. Consumers might sign up for discounted service plans where utilities automatically adjust their heating and air conditioning to match weather conditions, slashing regional power consumption. And that’s just in the energy industry.
As the technology matures, business leaders in every market need to be ready to think beyond conventional use cases and develop innovative new applications that improve the customer experience. Those leaders willing to pursue opportunities offered by the intelligence of things will surely be first to reap the rewards of the IoT.
Source: Tom Raftery