IoT or Internet of Things is gradually changing the way we live and do things. These days, the application of IoT cuts across all industries and has even found its way to our homes. There is an increasing demand for IoT applications as consumers start to better understand the impact of them on our lives and the way we do personal tasks. The popularity of such applications is seen in many aspects of our lives. It is also an area that has a potential for exponential growth.
What is IoT?
The Internet of Things is essentially an interconnected network of various devices which may include smart devices, wearables, computers, and home appliances. These interconnected devices are able to collect and exchange data. An IoT ecosystem consists of all components that enable homes, businesses, and other organizations to properly connect and use their IoT devices. This includes networks, gateways, network-attached storage (NAS), dashboards, and security.
In order to understand the computing concept of IoT and its significance, we only need to look at the way that we use our home appliances. These days, home appliances can be programmed using our Smartphone or desktop web browser.
Uses and Benefits of IoT
The uses of Internet of Things are varied and spans across various fields. It has proved to be beneficial to many industries and applications. We see it slowly encroaching into every part of our lives, including at home.
Smart homes are full of connected devices that are designed to make lives more comfortable, more convenient and easier. There are many possibilities and applications within an IoT-enabled home environment. There are smart appliances, smart security systems, and smart energy devices. This enables homeowners to customize their home environment in order to increase security, reduce costs, conserve energy, and enable efficient energy management. A smart home can be built using devices such as sensor systems that track Co and NO2 traces in the home, air conditioners and thermostats that can be controlled from your smartphone, and other appliances.
In the fitness and health industry, one of the hottest trends is wearable devices. Wearable devices use sensors. IoT devices developed in the last couple of years are highly energy-efficient and small-sized. Tracker bands are used in the health industry to keep track of activity, food intake, and sleep patterns. There are also IoT solutions that automatically measures body temperature and read vital signs. In the fitness arena, high-performance wearable IoT devices track heart rates during workouts, monitor sleeping patterns, and synchronize data with your smartphone or laptop.
IoT applications for smart cities are also creating a better quality of life for its residents, providing solutions for a myriad of concerns such as over-population, traffic, poor infrastructures, and environmental degradation. Some examples of IoT devices developed for smart cities are smarter energy management systems, automated transportation, and surveillance. Smart waste management systems are able to give real-time and historical data on garbage collection and rubbish pick-ups. There are also smart outdoor lighting control systems that feature adaptive lighting and intuitively adjust the brightness of street lights. It is also capable of filtering out interferences. There are also IoT applications that give parking solutions for smart cities, which enables its residents to detect available parking spaces.
There are other IoT uses in other fields – the transportation industry, energy sector, industrial sector, and agricultural field are all benefitting from innovative IoT-enabled products.
QIoT, a Consumer Product Example
Since IoT is here to stay, the area of IoT solutions and support is seeing a lot of growth. There are many products in the market that support IoT. For instance, QIoT containers were developed as a private IoT cloud platform by QNAP. This makes the IoT development environment easy to build and deploy.
With IoT environments, comes a requirement to gather and store large amounts of data. Public cloud services could be used but there are cost and security implications that go along with it. Fortunately, this is where QNAP’s solution is beneficial. This is a private cloud which is part of QNAP NAS’ storage system. It is an exclusive station which allows IoT data to be stored in an isolated and secure environment. The QIoT container app allows users to create their own private IoT platform. QIoT can be used for various applications, including improving the efficiency and public safety of Smart parking spaces, integrating security and environmental security in Smart homes, and improving access to quality in the healthcare and personal fitness industry.
There is no shortage of possibilities with the application of IoT in many areas of our lives – from our homes, businesses, and even public spaces. With the continued popularity of IoT-enabled devices and its projected future growth, it is safe to say that many companies will also be vigilant in launching devices and equipment that will support IoT. We will surely see more dazzling IoT innovations in the future. The use of IoT devices is continuing to change our way of life, and we continue to reap the benefits of this technology.