The Future of the Internet of Things (IoT): Part II

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What can the Internet of Things (IoT) accomplish in the future? This week’s blog post, the second in a two-part technology series, will predict what the IoT could do for specific sectors of our economy. You can read part I of Anuva’s “The Future of the IoT” series.

Agriculture
Farmers are using the IoT to improve decision-making and aid in automation. Sensors measure humidity, temperature, soil moisture levels, and barometric pressure. This allows accurate and timely delivery of water and fertilizers to plants, reducing costs and improving crop yield. The IoT is also being used to control pests through the automated release of pheromones that disrupt insects.

What’s the future of agriculture?

► Look for a proliferation of self-driving tractors – Mercedes already has one on the market.
► Look for improved pest controls.
► Look for more system integration as cloud-based software processes data and actuates farm equipment automatically.

Retail
Retailers have benefited recently from networked point-of-sale devices, networked music-streaming devices, and enhanced security systems.

What’s the future of retail?
► Look for improved customer engagement with IoT, such as recommending products and product combinations.
► Look for retailers providing instructions to demonstrate how to use a product.

Environment
The environment has become an increasing concern to governments and citizens — and it has become a liability to industry. Companies are turning to sensors to monitor the usage of scarce resources such as water and fossil fuels and to monitor the presence of pollutants in the air, water, and soil. Take Aeroqual, which makes a networked sensor station that measures ozone levels, particulate density, and petrochemical levels.

What’s the future of environmental sensors?
► As people become more aware of the dangers of pollution, look for higher demand for personal pollution sensors that are connected to cloud-based analytics.

Healthcare
Healthcare industries and medical professionals have made ready use of the IoT to perform tasks such as drug delivery and measurement of vital signs.

What’s the future of IoT in healthcare?
► Look for decision-support systems to become a vital part of healthcare as sensor data from IoT is uploaded to the cloud, along with other data, and analyzed. Predictive analytics will predict imminent healthcare emergencies. Decision-support systems will become better at assisting physicians with diagnosing patients.

Law Enforcement
Law enforcement has made ready use of IoT. More officers are wearing so-called “body-cams.” In addition, most police cars are equipped with networked personal computers that can be used to identify criminals or vehicles connected with criminal activity.

What’s the future of IoT in law enforcement?
► Look for greater demand for wearable video cameras as the government places large orders. Law enforcement has been criticized recently because of controversial actions taken by some police officers that have been caught on tape. The solution, according to many leading government officials, is more audio and video surveillance of officer interactions.

How can the IoT help take your organization to the next level? Contact Anuva for innovative solutions and advice.

 

By Stephen
Anuva