Internet of Things (IoT) - a leap in mankind

Posted by Aakriti Pandey on Sep 28, 2017 11:00:00 AM

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Almost wholly encircled by technology, we would certainly be pleased with the improvement of how we live our lives these days. While we should be grateful for the convenience and comfort we get to enjoy through this mesh called internet, looking back at how far we’ve come, it may be hard to imagine ‘what more’. However, moving ahead, The Internet of things (IoT) is said to be the next big thing.


IoT, built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors, is mobile, virtual, and gives us instantaneous connection. Without getting too technical at the risk of sounding gibberish to many, in the simplest terms, IoT is set to endow our lives with the utmost control and convenience in the least effortful way. It is set to change how we do things in a very accelerated performance via human-centric BPM.  


There are exciting changes and challenges that embodies IoT’s potentials in creating a better world. It can bring profit performance improvements across business and government scenes, in turn, contributing to cities’ growth. The municipalities and government agencies will soon be able to upgrade coverage to have their own IoT solutions, which could become the foundation that would fast steer into a wider acceptance of IoT in the enterprise, government and end user realm.


Smart lighting would augment public safety, smart transportation and parking systems would offer additional convenience, and smart on-demand trash pickup and smart meters would cut back in city’s spending. Some of our cities, like Pittsburgh, have already seen the impact through the use of smart traffic lights to ease up the enduring issue of congestion by adding artificial intelligence to its traffic signals. It goes without saying that such advancements have serious potential to lessen events of accidents. From early warning detection systems to capacity reporting, there are many ways IoT can save dollars, deals, and dwells. And reputations. The key to using leveraged data are the cloud-based applications which makes it possible for apps to operate for you whenever and wherever we wish.


Traffic IoT Botnets could decrease the travel time by 25 percent, or the need for cars to brake by 30 percent, or for them to idle by 40 percent, according to Carnegie Mellon University researcher Stephen Smith. This, with more advancements and upgrades can alter driving attitudes and put “traffic” into yesteryear.

(M2M) is a broad label that can be used to describe any technology that enables networked devices to exchange information and perform actions without the manual assistance of humans.


So how does IoT work? Is it a machine intelligence?

Let’s define a machine. A machine is an instrument that does something in actual and operates physically with a definite function of its own to perform a particular task. However, when we talk about “smart” machines it is no longer confined to the M2M, which is a broad label for a technology that enables networked ‘machines’ to exchange information and perform tasks without human interference. We are now referring to sensors.

Sensors are not machines.  It does not perform anything physical or in the same manner as a machine does, but it can surely measure and evaluate and could gather data, though. The IoT comes hand in hand with machines and sensors, as a matter of fact.   


One example is the bridge collapse in Minnesota where lives were lost due to steel of plates that were faulty to endure the bridge’s load. With IoT, we have the option of using smart cement (equipped with sensors to monitor the weight, war pages and cracks) when we rebuild the bridges. This can allow us to identify the issues and address them before a catastrophe occurs. Same goes for ice forming on the bridge - those same sensors will detect it and relay the information through wireless connectivity to your vehicle and instruct you to slow down. And if you don’t, it will slow down for you. It’s a perfect example of sensor-to-machine and machine-to-machine communication.


Now we begin to see clear significance of the possibilities and achievements. Traffic flow optimization is bound to happen. Machine-relayed communications to drivers re-routing them against congested, snowy, under construction roads will save time, money, and lives.  


On the foundation of connectivity and cloud-computing, sensors are monitored and tracked for data, which is then translated by apps into useful intelligence and distributed to machines on the ground - all with the ability to respond in real-time and address problems through - all through its predictive analytics.


All in all, IoT will be a great leap - not only for the technology, but for the mankind. We can never put too much value in fewer fire incidents and lower crime rates - as it means growth in quality of life, level of security and amount of available resources.


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