The Internet of things, IoT, refers to the network of physically-based items, also called, “things” or “networks,” which are used for the purpose of exchanging and communicating information with other systems and devices over the Internet. This technology was first envisioned back in 2021 by researchers at Stanford University. It has since then caught on with many people involved in different industries such as defense, health care, consumer product companies, and others. With the potential to unite a multitude of computers together into one mesh network, it is only natural that experts are coming up with applications for what is referred to as IoT integration. One of the most promising areas of research in the field of artificial intelligence.
Development of artificially intelligent robotic devices
One hot area of research involves the development of artificially intelligent robotic devices that can work alongside humans in the name of helping humans do their jobs, without being hindered by traditional software. For example, an insurance company may develop software that recognizes particular actions taken by a customer, whether it was speeding or placing a brief call to customer service. This data is then fed into a centralized system, from where decisions regarding that customer’s needs are best met can be made. Likewise, Google recently purchased the robotics company Loopy for the same purpose. But even with this technology, we cannot yet predict exactly how Artificial Intelligent robots will relate to human behavior.
What is evident, though, is that there are enormous opportunities in terms of connectivity that can be tapped into through the use of IoT technology. According to tech analysts, IoT will ultimately lead to a revolution in the way business processes happen. IoT solutions will enable the internet of things to bring together a huge array of devices, including things like printers, keyboards, cameras, monitors, medical devices, and smartphones, and streamline communication between them. This means that instead of spending time processing communications from individual devices, tasks can be moved from server to server so that business processes, such as customer service, can be processed from anywhere there is an internet connection available.
But this type of internet connection won’t be possible if all the devices are not connected. In fact, to truly realize the full potential of IoT, it is estimated that at least 50% of all connected devices must be interconnected. What this means is that in the future, instead of a single device sending information from its keyboard to its monitor, there will be multiple devices communicating with one another through wireless networks. This is why it is so critical that businesses invest in the development of robust internet connections between their equipment, as well as between each individual device.
IoT in medicine
But what types of information will be transmitted through the IoT? It can be used in medicine just as AI is. For starters, medical researchers are already using IoT systems to monitor patients’ heart rates, blood pressure levels, and brain activity. The ability to connect to a large database of over a billion medical records will enable medical professionals to provide patients with the most accurate and current diagnosis possible. And if a patient’s health deteriorates even further, the patient’s doctor can access vital information and order necessary treatment through a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Home security is another area where the IoT is beginning to revolutionize our lives. Traditional security measures, such as security cameras and motion detectors, will no longer be enough to protect your home; smart cities are placing high-tech “smart meters” throughout neighborhoods to monitor vehicle traffic. By connecting these meters to an IoT system, homeowners can remotely monitor their home’s environment just by being near the device. Through the use of facial recognition technology, the meter can determine whether the resident is present in the home, which means the system can automatically turn the lights on when there is movement nearby. Even better, many home security systems contain additional features, such as home surveillance cameras and smoke and heat detectors.
Ability to leverage low-power communications networks
Another benefit of the IoT is its ability to leverage low-power communications networks. For example, instead of needing a direct line of sight to a WiFi hotspot or telephone company in order to obtain internet service, a person’s internet device may utilize IoT devices or networks that are located throughout their neighborhood. As a result, internet devices can communicate with each other and with low-powered devices, such as radios, through wireless or networks. These networks can make it possible for people to access services like email and television at lower speeds than would be possible without the IoT.
The potential applications of the IoT are nearly endless. In fact, many of the devices mentioned here can be found in present-day smartphones and smartphones. While future versions of these devices may incorporate aspects of the IoT, we are now seeing how individual consumers are taking advantage of the IoT to simplify their lives. Through the use of IoT devices that connect to the internet, we are able to streamline processes and increase productivity.