One doesn’t usually think about the Earth and Wireless in the same sentence, but the Internet Of Things (IoT) is helping Things to come together Wirelessly over the Internet to improve our planet.
Lets start with “What in the World is the Internet Of Things (IoT)?”
Gartner’s definition is probably one of the most simple: “The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment”. (1)
Technopedia states “The IoT is significant because an object that can represent itself digitally becomes something greater than the object by itself. No longer does the object relate just to you, but is now connected to surrounding objects and database data.” (2)
The very best definition (although a bit long: start at 2:24 to get the definition right away) is a TED talk from Dr. John Barrett at TEDx CIT found here.
What is the Impact of IoT?
We will now have smart stoplights that can respond to changes in traffic flow. Traffic and street conditions will be communicated to drivers, rerouting them around areas that are congested, in construction or weather impaired. So now there will be sensors monitoring and tracking traffic congestion, then there will be cloud-based apps translating that data into meaningful data and sending it to machines on the ground, enabling real-time actions and work arounds to reduce resources.
Already many of our Bill Police Healthcare Clients are seeing IOT improving lives. In home blood pressure monitors, heart monitors and EKG machines are currently being used to monitor patients in their own home (reducing impact on the planet with reduced traffic, reduced stays at hospitals and increased efficacy in treatment).
Handheld Environmental Sensors can be carried monitoring radiation, water quality and hazardous materials. These sensors when combined with smartphone Bluetooth or WiFi connections can allow users to have a better understanding our surroundings and to prepare us to be able to find appropriate solutions to environmental problems.
AMPT states, “through sensors, Internet and scientific knowledge, growers of tulips in the Netherlands can monitor and fine-tune their production process based on weather, humility and sunlight. A university in Chile announced that they could reduce 70% of water consumption in blueberry farms through an IoT based approach. We will be able to grow more food with fewer resources, which is quite a big deal for the already over-populated mother earth.” (4)
Take it Home on Earth Day
So, enjoy your Planet Earth today and as you breathe in the Spring air, think of all the things that make this planet great and all the future things that will make it greater.
Today is also our Uncle’s 87th birthday, so Happy EARTH and BIRTH day, Uncle Jimmy!
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