The Future of Internet of Things in Next Five Years
Recently, I was asked a quick question. Where do you see technology in the next five years? This question helped me to rewind my memory and put forth a nostalgic scene. Ten years back in 2007, Apple introduced the world to the first iPhone. People were fascinated by this product, as it incorporated the top-notch features that were hard to beat. Simply put, it was the first smart device that altered the way we communicated. Being a smartphone, the first iPhone did not have a front camera, it used 2.5G connectivity and had a 3.5 inches’ display screen. Compare it to today’s smartphones, you will notice the leap technology has taken in these ten years.
Today we no longer use the terms like an “interactive” website or a 3G smartphone, because these things are already given to us. Similarly, within a short span of time, most of the things that surround us will be interconnected and the cloud database will be used to store the information. Meaning, the term “Internet of Things” can be superfluous within the next few years.
The emerging innovations in technology are pervasive, and it will yet again change our lifestyle in next few years. With significant progress in cloud-based services, sensors and analytics, in five years we might see the following improvements in different industries.
Amongst all, agriculture will be mostly influenced by Internet of Things. The invention of these mini chip and sensors have helped farmers throughout the world leverage their resources and optimize their tools to ensure maximum return on investment.
But, here’s the question that has baffled the heads of most farmers.
Is there anything called “Smart Farm”?
The answer is a big “Yes”. Farmers in different regions of the globe are using the Internet of Things to elevate their production. With IoT, farmers can now create field-specific weather station, embed soil moisture sensors and add chips on their farming equipment, which in turn has aided them to maximize production. Besides, farmers might also use robotic tractors and drones in the days to come.
To analyze cattle health, bio-monitoring devices will be used. These devices can easily track heart rate, respiration, and temperature of the livestock in the farm.
In the upcoming years, transportation will be greatly affected by Internet of Things. Connected transportation will provide complete vision to the user, allowing the owner to detect minor problems and mitigate major issues. Car manufacturing companies will also be able to detect problems in their products and revamp their models, while the predictive maintenance will ensure customer safety,
Apart from that, the new innovations like Vehicle-to-Vehicle protocols will be used as a norm. This will allow two vehicles to pass messages to each other about the obstruction or the traffic congestion on the road ahead.
Vehicle manufacturing companies can also optimize this technology for company benefits. The stored information can be used to reduce damage inventory, increase the performance of their products and cut insurance related costs all of which can have a serious impact on the bottom line of the company.
It’s not a mystery, from the day of its inception IoT has greatly revolutionized health care. And, it will certainly grow in the upcoming years.
Amongst all, IoT offers a greater promise in the field of Healthcare. New and innovative devices have already been put into practice by healthcare experts. This, in turn, has improved the quality of healthcare, while reducing the overall expenses. Besides that, sensors and chips are embedded in healthcare equipment which has helped hospitals to detect machinery flaws at an early stage. IoT will have a strong presence in remote areas where the availability of health care service is scarce. IoT will help the patients to diagnose the problem at an early stage, providing them adequate time to access required health care.
The technology for analyzing and transmitting data will grow in the upcoming years. And, we’ll surely see more IoT-based applications for healthcare. This will have a positive impact on the field of healthcare, and with best hopes, we’ll be able to access the best health care facilities at a fraction of the price.
Apart from the industries mentioned above, other industries like manufacturing and education will also improve their standards with the implementation of IoT in upcoming days. The invention of the first iPhone in 2007 was a huge innovation in the field of technology back then. Since then, we have seen massive improvements in the context of smart devices. Similarly, like communication industries, if IoT is adapted in other industries, it would be legit to say we will be stepping into the next horizon very soon.