We answer your most common IoT questions
IoT is a phrase that’s been thrown around a lot over the past few years and, with the growth of technology, the Internet of Things is something that will only continue to grow with it. IoT stands for the Internet of Things and represents the connectivity between physical and digital.
The growth of IoT is remarkable; in 2018 it was estimated that there were 7 billion IoT devices connected and installed worldwide. However, it’s predicted that by 2025 more than 75 billion IoT devices will be in usage across the globe.
But what is IoT and how can it help your business? We answer your questions below!
What are IoT devices?
Almost any device can be turned into an Internet of Things device. Your lightbulbs can be connected to the internet and switched on using your smartphone, your heating can be controlled using a mobile app and you can even drive to work in a driverless vehicle if you so wish. Put simply, any physical object can be transformed into an IoT device if it can be connected to the internet and, in turn, be controlled or used to communicate information.
Why IoT is used?
It’s used for a number of reasons across a number of sectors in business but it can also be used in our personal lives. It has several benefits and is used for a variety of reasons. IoT can be used to collect more data which can help businesses make better decisions, it can also lighten the workload in business that want to move towards automation and it can also make things easier to track and control as well as save money in the long term.
Where IoT can be used in healthcare?
IoT has the potential to transform healthcare and, in some instances, is already making a huge difference to the healthcare industry. Remote patient monitoring is arguably one of the most common uses of the Internet of Things within healthcare. Wearable devices can easily monitor heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and more meaning patients can be monitored and treated remotely, freeing up hospital beds for those patients who are more urgent. Connected inhalers have helped some countries tackle the COVID-19 pandemic while they can be traditionally used to control COPD patients or those suffering from asthma. Heart rate monitors and glucose monitors are also widely used and give healthcare professionals access to data to determine the best course of treatment for their patients. In surgery, the Internet of Things is also proving revolutionary as robotic arms and tiny robots can now be told to perform complex procedures which would be much more difficult with human hands; using robots often results in less invasive surgery and a faster recovery time for the patient.
How IoT devices communicate with each other?
IoT devices communicate using connectivity. It communicates with sensors, other devices and applications using the internet. To successfully and effectively deploy the Internet of Things and devices connected in the network, you’ll need a reliable, safe and secure connectivity solution such as Ethernet or business broadband with enough bandwidth to support your it. You’ll also need a connectivity solution with guaranteed reliability and service level agreements (SLAs) to ensure you’ll be back up and running should something go wrong.
How IoT can help businesses?
It depends what business you’re in but, whatever industry you’re in, the chances are that IoT can enhance at least some part of your business operations to make things easier and less time consuming for you. For example, in hospitality, Internet of Things devices can be used to automatically order stock when you get low, saving you valuable time on a stock check and subsequent order. If you’re working in logistics, you can track your transportation and alert customers when their delivery is due. If you’re in a factory, it can be used to automate some processes, saving your employees time and your business money.