One of the fundamental goals of IoT is to make life easier and to give us insights and forecasts on things that yet to happen (predictive analytics). With every possible physical device getting a new paint job and internet connectivity, the amount of information we have in our hands is overwhelming. But if we don’t know how to put them to good use, it is equal to not having any information at all. To really bring about a change in the world, attention needs to given to industries that still employ humans to perform some really unconventional and time-consuming jobs. We have tried compiling a list of such fields, where IoT would bring about revolutionary changes to the way things worked.
When a massive equipment malfunction, a major portion of the time goes in detecting where the problem lies. It is then followed by its service to bring it back to life. With IoT devices such as sensors, apps and algorithms, factories can precisely gauge the life of an equipment, understand the area of malfunction and timely send a personnel for its recovery. There are several factories and industries that already have this technology in place, where devices accurately predict the time of malfunctioning and personnel are ready to take charge of the situation. This decreases lag in productivity and brings down expenses as well.
We have mentioned the importance of IoT in agriculture in one of our previous articles and would like to reiterate as well. Today, agriculture is one of the worst-hit sectors in India. What is supposed to be fundamental hangs loose and only technology can bring about a change. With IoT, it is possible to make way for better crop yields, monitor and regulate water cycle, control germination of seeds and more. Only one requirement lies in the fact that the technology has to reach the farmlands and the farmers need to be educated on its usage.
It is one industry where professions are literally put before human lives. Some of the major exporters of seafood are developing countries and it is in these countries that least safety of fishermen is offered. However, with IoT, boats can be connected over a network and with the Random Phase Multiple Access Technology, vessel safety can be ensured, distress calls can be triggered, illegal fishing can be monitored and brought down and boats can communicate among each other. This article should give you more idea.
Yes, it exists. Waste management is one of the most underestimated sectors hindering our growth and contributing to pollution and degradation. The application of IoT in waste management can make dustbins smarter and notify the authorities for collection. Besides, the data can also help analysts understand the different classes of waste materials that are dumped and find patterns to bring down waste. This can also give insights on region or area-wise details, which can be further used to initiate outreach programs tailored for a particular area and educate residents on waste management.
Technology need not be always fancy and be designed to offer end-to-end smartphone displays or convenient driverless cars. The real test of technology lies in solving problems at the grass root levels and thankfully, IoT has the power to achieve this. Let us know what you think about this.