We’ve all heard the hype about the Internet of Things. Some of us are more immersed in it than others, but either way it is hard to live, work and shop in today’s world without some of your common household items suddenly making the transition to being “smart” (I wish it had been that easy for me). But if you’ve paid any attention, the Internet of Things is hardly just a way to enhance your household appliances–it’s the beginning of a worldwide revolution in how technology is used. For those of us who struggle to think beyond our refrigerators, here are five industries that you probably hadn’t realized are being drastically affected by IoT technology.
1. Healthcare Packaging
Experts estimate that up to $10 billion a year could be saved by simply preventing prescription misuse. "We've all seen the little containers that folks have with the Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and so forth," says Scott Jost, VP of Innovation and Design at Berlin Packaging. "You put your pill or your vitamin supplement in the appropriate chamber, and that's where it gets even more complex, and people have multiple doses per day or doses that skip a day." One can only imagine the different ways that the Internet of Things will be able to communicate with forgetful people!
2. Public Safety
By the year 2025, researchers project that the Internet of Things will be worth over $930 billion to cities’ public health and safety departments. I don’t think anyone would argue against some technology improvements to police communications, health inspections, traffic control and more.
3. Maritime Cargo
Cargo giants Inmarsat and Ericsson have just recently signed a strategic maritime agreement that will involve shared software, data, logistics and resources in streamlining their operations in global shipments. The deal will involve pairing the satellite capabilities of one of the companies with the cloud infrastructure of the other. It’s not hard to imagine that these types of IoT partnerships will continue to accelerate in the coming years.
4. Public Transit
The City of London just announced that it will be equipping its fleet of signature red buses with IoT technology to sense when pedestrians, cyclists and other obstructions are in danger of causing a collision. The hopes are that the technology will not only save the city money in the long run, but will save hundreds of lives per year.
Dubbed “the future of wearables,” biometric tattoos (yes, they are real) take the concept of wearable fitness and health trackers and place them inside your body. Designs are simple at this point, but the scientific (and fashion) interests are high with this futuristic application for IoT. It might seem a little too much for some, but others believe it will truly revolutionize even the way we visit the doctor. It is “the next step in wearables,” says Ben Lamm, CEO of Chaotic Moon . “It is a green, non-invasive tech that turns you into a human circuit board.”
Whether your sold on the tattoos or not doesn’t particularly matter–the IoT is here, and it’s here to stay.
Got questions about your own Internet of Things needs? The IOT Architecture Group has got answers.
- Healthcare packaging image: Photo by Quinn Dumbrowski / CC BY
- Public safety image: Tram Catenary Repair Vienna by Andrew Nash / CC BY
- Maritime cargo image: Heavy Lift Cargo at Blount Island Marine Terminal by Jaxport / CC BY
- Public transport image: Doubledecker busses by Marc Buehler / CC BY