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April 10, 2019

How IoT is Impacting Your daily Life

On a global basis we’re becoming increasingly interconnected – the latest stats show over 56% of the world’s population uses the Internet today - the Internet of Things (IoT) is basically a wide ranging network of various devices exchanging data on a regular basis. While it’s happening in organizations worldwide, it’s also occurring in individual homes and in our daily lives.

Our Personal Health

The possibilities are practically endless when it comes to our health. Today there is a long list of wearables that allow us to track how balanced our diets are, our exercise, sleeping patterns, and more. Smart body analyzers can monitor multiple aspects of your health. There are devices for recording blood pressure, temperature, EKG and oxygen levels from your forehead or finger. A smart scale can determine lean mass, fat mass and BMI, plus they’re connected via Wi-Fi and can send the data to an online account.

There are also sensors around cities that alert you to possible dangers like bad weather, traffic accidents, etc

Convenient Switches

Smart switches add smart home features to just about anything that can be turned on or off by flipping a switch. A smart light switch is a network-enabled smart home gadget that allows you to control hard-wired lights as well as things like ceiling fans and even a fireplace using an app, or via your voice using a virtual assistant. Wireless security cameras connect to your phone for hands free security that can be viewed while you are away from your home. What else could be more convenient?

Easy Meals

These days we can even manage some cooking while we’re away from home thanks to controllable slow cookers. It’s a great way to stay organized and save time. Through a smartphone app, you simply adjust the setting on your slow cooker from wherever you are, like the office. You can adjust cooking time and temperature as well as check on the status as to whether it’s done. A high-tech slow cooker is the ultimate in convenient cooking – you’ll probably want to make a lot more of your own meals instead of picking up takeout too.

More Productive Grocery Shopping

Smart refrigerators can sense when you start to run low on grocery staples like milk to automatically create a grocery list. Stores may send reminders to add items to that list too when they predict you’re close to running out of something based on average buying trends and what you’ve purchased historically. When you’re strolling down the supermarket aisles, you’ll get reminders to make sure you don’t forget anything and end up having to make another trip.

Smarter Cities Reducing Traffic Jams

While not all the world’s cities are “smart” cities just yet, it’s on the way and affecting daily lives already in some places. These IoT-based systems can enhance urban life through transportation systems that are faster and more convenient, street lighting that improves safety and buildings that are more energy-efficient. Las Vegas is using it to improve traffic flow, and Barcelona, Spain has a citywide information network and Wi-Fi that’s connected to software, sensors and a data analytics platform enabling automated street lighting, smart water technology, remote-controlled irrigation for fountains and parks, digital bus routes, smart parking meters and even “on-demand” waste pickup. It’s resulted in significantly reduced traffic jams, less pollution, as well as decreased energy and water usage.

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