The internet has brought more than just aesthetic Instagram photos, viral Tweets, or cat videos. It paved the way for seemingly unlimited ways to transfer information. Today, phones have more computing power than the computers NASA used to bring man to the moon. One of the greatest achievements the internet brought is the internet of things or IoT. What IoT encompasses goes to your phones and computers. It can include wearable technology, cars, and houses. If it has internet connectivity, it is part of the IoT, hence the name.
The greatest advantage that IoT has brought is the transfer of information. It can include data loggers, modems and terminals, routers, and many more. This benefit is something that industry and academic predecessors of previous decades would drool over.
Take data loggers, for example. This simple device has made the lives of scientists and engineers much easier. In industries, such as telecommunications, energy, and oil, data is as valuable as money. For telecommunications, electromagnetic properties, such as frequency, amplitude, and voltage, are the life source of their operations. For energy and oil, parameters, such as temperature, humidity, and pressure, can mean the difference between a steady and safe power supply or a catastrophe waiting to happen.
Scientists, engineers, and technicians work around the clock to ensure that the numbers corresponding to such crucial parameters are within normal ranges. Unfortunately for them, these numbers do not stop when it is time to clock out. They keep coming, 24/7, 365 days in a year. Keeping tabs on these data sounds simple enough, but imagine doing it every day, every hour, half-hour, or even every minute. These numbers do not stop. Do you imagine yourself sitting all day just staring at a screen with a pen and paper in hand?
That is probably what it was during the ancient technology times, but not during the era of IoT. Data loggers can do this work. Simply set up and integrate it on your device, whether it is your computer, phone, or even smartwatch. Immediately, you can have data continuously flowing and recording while you are fast asleep. You can check when you clock in, and the computer can indicate if everything is still well or if something is off.
The smart devices in IoT have also increased the efficiency in industrial processes. For example, businesses can have smart buildings just as homeowners can have smart houses. A key scenario is with warehousing. If you have fragile products, such as frozen foods, maintaining the ideal temperature and humidity is crucial for smooth operations. You also have to keep track of the entry and exit of goods. When some people can lose track of what is inside their refrigerator or pantry, imagine the logistics it takes to manage an entire warehouse. It is in this situation where IoT can shine. Internet-enabled devices can be part of shelves and conveyors to monitor the goods’ movement in real-time. You can remotely indicate which items are next in line for shipment and assign personnel or robots to handle those. Sensors can maintain temperature and humidity. The entire warehouse becomes a system of interconnected machines because of IoT.
Whether you are an industrial person or academician, you can benefit from what the internet of things can offer. You probably have an open tab on your social media accounts as you are reading this, so why not include your business on the internet?