The Future of the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things wasn’t even an established concept until the end of the 20th century, and it has advanced to such a degree that life without it can barely be imagined. Huge steps have been made over the past decade that has resulted in more and more devices being connected online.For example, the use of automation in buildings and even residential homes – everything can be connected, from your heating and cooling systems to your lighting. So where do we go from here?
The Future of the Internet of Things
The surface has only just been scraped in regards to the potential that the Internet of Things has. What is incredibly apparent though is that the Internet of Things will become an integral part of how we live. It enables devices using the Internet to be more convenient, more effective, and more efficient.
Out of all the possibilities that lie ahead, there’s one thing that seems for certain – the Internet of Things will become so commonplace and relied upon that it will no longer be referred to as the “Internet of Things.” For example, the Internet itself is no longer an exclusive thing – it’s something pretty much everyone has access to at all times. The Internet of Things will become as ordinary as the Internet.
But let’s go over some of the ways that in which the Internet of Things will become even more commonplace in the future. The following are a few applications of the Internet of Things that you can expect to see soon:
- Power Grids
The current grid was designed to deliver power as needed. Obviously, this causes problems due to the fact that demand for power varies greatly depending on the time of day, the time of year and the temperature outside. The use of backup power stations to help meet spikes in demand is incredibly inefficient.
This is where the Internet of Things comes in. Eventually, a smart grid will be implemented in which power will be priced based on demand, allowing thermostats and appliances to draw the power that they need during off-peak times when power is at its cheapest.
- Traffic Management
One of the biggest problems plaguing many cities of today is gridlock. The more people that move into the cities, the worse traffic gets. Stoplights will soon be embedded with video sensors that will be able to adjust their green and red lights according to the time of day as well as where cars are, This will help reduce idling at red lights and clear up traffic jams, making driving more convenient while also reducing the amount of fuel being burned up.
Even parking lots will eventually be connected to the Internet of Things. There are already some parking lots in existence that connect to an app that allows drivers to obtain real-time information about available parking spots. Imagine if every parking spot in the city was connected in such a way – you would no longer spend needless time driving around aimlessly in search of parking!
Many cars and trucks are already connected in various ways. However, this connection is based mostly on entertainment – things like music and video, although GPS systems are becoming standard features in many vehicles. Self-driving cars are already in existence, and many cars will have autopilot features that make use of a combination of camera, sonar sensors, and radar to allow your car to drive itself in stop and go traffic.
You may not know this, but the air traffic control system used in the United States is decades old. Its infrastructure was actually built in the 1970’s. Although airplanes are now equipped with sensors that collect useful data, such as the location of the plane, fuel efficiency, maintenance issues and more, this data is usually only processed once the airplane lands. The Internet of Things could help identify and even solve potential problems, thereby making the flight much safer.
- Everyday Goods
Amazon recently revealed branded buttons that can be placed around the home. These buttons correspond to certain household products, like laundry detergent or toilet paper. If for example, you are running low on toilet paper, you can press the branded button – which is connected to Amazon’s site – and more toilet paper will automatically be ordered.
These are just a few examples of what you can expect for the future of the Internet of Things. Soon, everything you can think of will be connected, allowing for improved efficiency, performance, safety, convenience, and ease of use, all at lower operating costs. To find out how you can take advantage of the Internet of Things today by lowering your building’s operating costs, be sure to contact us at BOSS Controls today.