Internet of Things(IoT) means communication between everyday objects over the internet, allowing them to send and receive data. The term was coined by British entrepreneur Kevin Ashton in 1999 and its definition keeps on evolving with every day advancements in technology. The best understanding of IoT is seamless integration of information network into physical objects to create an incredible world of smart objects.
The time is not too far when IoT will make it possible to effectively manage, streamline and customize your day-to-day life. Going by estimates, 50 billion devices will be connected to IoT by 2022, covering everything from ordinary items like household appliances to everyday services like trains and buses. IoT-connected objects and services will save you significant costs and time in addition to being much more useful. You will also be able to monitor and manage your health, electricity bills, time and many more. Big Data, without a doubt, will play a big role in success of IoT and keep on increasing its virtues.
Big Data and analytics projects have become the focus of many IoT developers, with software already in the process of being written for sensors and in-memory databases. Now, lets talk about how IoT will increase your productivity levels.
An intricate systems of mobile devices, cars and road systems will be connected to each other. Traffic pattern will be analyzed with the help of sensors on stoplights to avoid traffic jams, meaning you could get to work on time. As a matter of fact, employers lose a lot of money due to morning traffic jams that often do not allow employees to reach office on time, resulting into decreased productivity. But all will change with IoT. AT&T is already working with BMW and GM to improve car connectivity and significantly reduce the amount of time you waste in traffic. IoT will also help you get information about free parking spaces as you reach your destination and save you a lot of time that you otherwise waste in finding parking place for your car.
Eliminating Need of performing Menial Tasks Manually
IoT will enable your smartphone to act as a remote control to perform daily tasks on your behalf. Smartphones will be empowered to know behavioral aspects of their owners. IoT will help in faster movement from one place to another through dedicated geo-location systems. Your sensor-enriched surroundings will interact with your smartphones at a very fast rate based on valuable information, thereby paving the way for smartphones to automatically respond.
Smart kitchen appliances will let you know when supplies go low and could automatically place orders on your behalf to refill your fridge. So, you will no longer need to worry about shopping for grocery items and save a lot of time to complete other tasks that require your engagement.
Easy Management of Household Activities
Internet of Things will allow your smartphone to operate your oven, ACs etc even when you are away from home. So, you can preheat your oven on your way home or get alerts when too much moisture or heat is building up at your home, thereby ensuring safety. Likewise, there are many household activities you can easily manage with the help of IoT connected devices.
You dont like to stand in a long queue and wait endlessly for your turn, right? Well, nobody does. One of the key benefits of IoT is it saves you a lot of time by not requiring you to stand in long lines to get things you usually buy. For example, based on your order history in a cafe, sensors will pass on information on your smartphone the moment you walk past door of the cafe. You will only be required to confirm the order or make changes on your phone if you want to add or remove something, and make payment through your phone. Thus, no hassles of standing in a long line to place your order. Similarly, your smartphone will tell you if a table is available in a restaurant during peak hours so that you can plan accordingly and avoid the troubles of taking rounds of restaurants in your area.
Remote Mobile Device Management (MDM)
IT departments will be able to get remote control over many connected devices to move beyond computers and mobile devices. IoT will help remote control workers devices to gain deep insight into work processes of every individual and make other members aware about important things. IoT connected devices will enhance collaboration among employees, which in turn will result into increased productivity.
LG and Samsung are have already begun development of smart home appliances, meaning smartphone-accessible home sensors and security products will be soon available for installation. Being able to monitor utilities and home systems will raise the bars of productivity.
With remote device management, you will not be required to give a call to a technician to repair an equipment, as internet-enabled devices will automatically give an advanced notice about maintenance requirement or an issue. This will result in timely maintenance or repair of your equipment before they stop working. Internet of Things holds a great potential to transform human lives like never before.
I hope this blog has uncovered many aspects one may want to know about Internet of Things and its implications for day to day productivity levels.