9 Real Life Examples of Internet of Things

According to Gartner report, by 2020 connected devices across all technologies will reach to 20.6 billion.

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In all we all set to enter to an era where there will be a very advanced connectivity amongst network, systems and devices which will go beyond the application of human-to-machine and machine-to-machine communications

To shed light on more such examples, we have decided to dedicate an entire post on this. Check it out.

1. Smart House

This is perhaps the most popular examples of IoT. Designed to provide you optimum security and convenience, smart homes ensure you come back to a paradise. 

Here’s a picture which shows you a smart home from the future and how your life will be simplified.

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2. Agriculture

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With the continous increase in world’s population, demand for food supply is extremely raised. Governments are helping farmers to use advanced  techniques and research to increase food production. Smart farming is one of the fastest growing field in IoT.

Farmers are using meaningful insights from the data to yield better return on investment. Sensing for soil moisture and nutrients, controlling water usage for plant growth and determining custom fertilizer are some simple uses of IoT.

In this context, the Internet of Things is very useful in replacing human tasks.

3. Industrial

Increasing operational efficiency is the primary objective of using IoT in the Industrial sector.  Using IoT for predictive maintenance can reduce maintenance costs by 30% and breakdowns by 70%.

To mention the best IoT applications here, there are sensors, programs, software systems, and big data analytics for futuristic designs and proper calculations.

Apache Corporation, an oil and gas exploration company is using IoT to help customers predict when oil pump failures will happen.  Just reducing these failures by 1 % for the global oil industry would add $ 19 Billion more output per year.

In addition, these machines improve productivity and fix the mistakes commonly made by humans, especially when it comes to quality control and sustainability.

Consequently, the industrial applications of IoT have all the chances to continue occupying the sphere and enhancing the market.

4. Retail


Among IoT application examples in the retail sphere, there are numerous cases of using smart devices for enhancing the in-store experience. Specifically, the various applications of IoT here mean that capabilitiesof smartphone usage facilitate the communication between retailers and buyers

The most wanted goods and services appear in front of clients’ eyes in the right place and at the right moment.

In addition, smart retail opens opportunities for IoT applications in terms of accurate advertising, improved supply chain cycle, and an actual analysis of demand models. 

5. Healthcare

Personal fit devices have been around for some time but they are advancing by collecting more data and being connected to the internet to share and communicate information. 

IoT devices in the healthcare cover many different categories from location tracking, fitness tracking, life enhancements, to vital signs gathering. There are tiny chips to monitor heart activity, little patches to treat allergies, blood sugar monitors, all of which measure and relay information without involving humans.

6. Smart Car

The self driving car may be the ultimate IoT device reshaping how we use and own cars.  Even today human driven cars are using IoT for navigation, safety and infotainment.  

One example, currently happening is the use of sensors on street parking spots that will guide potential users to the location without having to go through the endless street by street search.  On the safety side there are a few developments already or close to reality:

  1. Forward Collision Avoidance – The systems use forward-facing sensors — which can be radar-, camera- or laser-based — to detect imminent collisions and either apply or increase braking force to compensate for slow or insufficient driver reactions.
  2. Lane Detection – Cameras can be used to alert drivers when they begin to go off lane in an uncontrolled manner even taking over steering if pattern continuous.
  3. Vehicle to Vehicle Communication – This will be a requirement for self driving cars in mass but even human driven vehicles can use alerts when other cars are to near or moving near in non controlled manner.
  4. Pedestrian Detection – About 4000 deaths and over 50,000 injuries to pedestrians are caused by vehicles.  Cars can detect pedestrians in the path and automatically apply brakes.
  5. Self Parking – Self parking has been around for some time but now drivers will be able to park after getting out of the vehicle, where the car will park, shut off and lock.

7. Smart City

Smart city is another powerful application of IoT generating curiosity among world’s population. Smart surveillance, automated transportation, smarter energy management systems, water distribution, urban security and environmental monitoring all are examples of internet of things applications for smart cities.

IoT will solve major problems faced by the people living in cities like pollution, traffic congestion and shortage of energy supplies etc.

Products like cellular communication enabled Smart Belly trash will send alerts to municipal services when a bin needs to be emptied.

By installing sensors and using web applications, citizens can find free available parking slots across the city. Also, the sensors can detect meter tampering issues, general malfunctions and any installation issues in the electricity system.

8. Energy Engagement

IoT systems offer much-needed solutions in a world where resources are scarce and a large percentage of energy is being wasted. It is giving rise of self-sustainable buildings that consume as much energy as they produce by deploying IoT systems in the form of smart energy grids and energy monitoring systems. 

Smart Grids will be able to detect sources of power outages more quickly and at individual household  levels like near by solar panel, making possible distributed energy system.

It begins small with devices that let you regulate appliances remotely but on a large scale it adds up, with the possibility of making the world energy sufficient without delving into the non-renewable sources like coal and oil.

Here’s a video to explain how smart grid operates.

9. Wearables

This application of IoT unites a group of technological devices designed to be worn on a body and being empowered by an app on a smartphone. In fact, the development of the sphere is closely linked with various IoT applications in connected healthcare 

Among the key players on this market, the IoT application is mostly designed by Apple, Samsung, and Motorola — meaning fitness bracelets, GPS tracking belts, implantable gadgets, and many other IoT applications.

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