Internet Of Things Applications
The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to change the way we live, but it’s still new. There are many examples of companies and manufacturers working to create applications for IoT devices.
With so many different options, it can be difficult to wade through them all and find one that would work best for you. The good news is that there are 7 IoT applications below that have stood out as some of the most successful and promising ones in this growing space.
All of these options include links so you can learn more about each application, as well as what IoT device(s) they require in order to function.
1. The Doorlock
The Doorking’s Home Gateway System is a sensor-based device that controls the points of entry for a home. It monitors everything from who enters the house to what temperature it’s at, and all of it can be managed through the cloud with the help of an accompanying app.
For example, if someone scans a QR code on their phone, they can open up your home to them at any time until they scan another code to tell the gateway that they have left your property. It’s meant to be one of the more convenient ways to manage access to your home if you aren’t there and it comes with some very attractive pricing too.
IoT technology has a lot to offer the world of retail. Online and in-store shopping sales figures can control warehouse automation and robotics, information gleaned from IoT sensors. Much of this relies on RFIDs, which are already in heavy use worldwide.
Mall locations are iffy things; business tends to fluctuate, and the advent of online shopping has driven down the demand for brick and mortar establishments. However, IoT can help analyze mall traffic so that stores located in malls can make the necessary adjustments that enhance the customer’s shopping experience while reducing overhead.
Speaking of customer engagement, IoT helps retailers target customers based on past purchases. Equipped with the information provided through IoT, a retailer could craft a personalized promotion for their loyal customers, thereby eliminating the need for costly mass-marketing promotions that don’t stand as much of a chance of success. Much of these promotions can be conducted through the customers’ smartphones, especially if they have an app for the appropriate store.
3. The HVAC
If you’re looking for a way to automate your heating and cooling system via a remote control, there are several options for HVAC systems. Take the Honeywell Connect Wi-Fi thermostat for example. The Nest Learning Thermostat is an example of one that doesn’t need to be placed on the wall like other systems because it learns your patterns and keeps itself properly set at all times.
The automation controls available with these two applications should help you keep your home cool and warm throughout the year if you use them correctly.
4. Smart Grid and energy saving
The progressive use of intelligent energy meters, or meters equipped with sensors , and the installation of sensors in different strategic points that go from the production plants to different distribution points, allows better monitoring and control of the electrical network.
By establishing a bi-directional communication between the service provider company and the end user,information of enormous value can be obtained for the detection of faults,decision making and repair thereof.
It also allows offering valuable information to the end user about their consumption patterns and about the best ways to reduce or adjust their energy expenditure.
Virtual glasses, fitness bands to monitor for example calorie expenditure and heart beats, or GPS tracking belts, are just some examples of wearable devices that we have been using for some time now. Companies such as Google, Apple, Samsung and others have developed and introduced the Internet of Things and the application thereof into our daily lives.
These are small and energy efficient devices, which are equipped with sensors, with the necessary hardware for measurements and readings, and with software to collect and organize data and information about users.
The application of the IoT to the hotel industry brings with it interesting improvements in the quality of the service. With the implementation of electronic keys, which are sent directly to the mobile devices of each guest, it is possible to automate various interactions.
Thus, the location of the guests, the sending of offers or information on activities of interest, the realization of orders to the room or room service , the automatic charge of accounts to the room or the request of personal hygiene supplies, are activities that can be easily managed through integrated applications using the Internet of Things technology.
With the use of electronic keys, the check-out process is automated, disabling the operation of doors, offering information about the rooms immediately available, and even assigning housekeeping tasks to maintenance personnel.
7. MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT
One of the areas where the application of IoT technology is most extensive is precisely maintenance management. Through the combination of sensors and software specialized in CMMS/ EAM maintenance management, a multifunctional tool is obtained whose use can be applied to a multiplicity of disciplines and practices, with the purpose of extending the useful life of physical assets, while guaranteeing asset reliability and availability.
When the characteristics of the software in charge of processing and arranging the data collected by the sensors are designed to specifically address the maintenance management needs of physical assets, their application is almost unlimited.
The real-time monitoring of physical assets allows determining when a measurement is out of range and it is necessary to perform condition-based maintenance (CBM), or even applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms such as Machine Learning or Deep Learning to predict the failure before it happens.