IoT is altering the globe and is the next significant point in communication technology. The 2020 pandemic was a significant challenge for the growth of IoT, but this didn’t stop the industry from making giant strides. This technology has not relented in shaping customer trends and businesses. IoT happens when billions of physical devices around the world are connected to the internet. This is facilitated by the production of wireless networks, fast internet, and cheap computer chips. It won’t be wrong to assert that the physical combines with the digital world to create a seamless world for us to live in.
There are many reasons for the growth of the IoT development industry. Top on the list is the interest the public and private sectors have for it. Numerous IoT trends drive innovation in business in 2021 and beyond, and this post addresses it.
Here are some trends to watch out for this year and beyond:
IoT for territory monitoring
Smart tools are indispensable in agriculture. They control water supplies, measure soil moisture and monitor fruits that are ready for harvest. Before now, what applicable was that farmers would visit their farms regularly to monitor their crops and identify the ones ready for harvest. Well, not anymore because these technologies inform the farmers when it is time to harvest their crops. These innovative methods also improve forecasting, planning and reduce cost. Devices like infrared cameras and air filters can prevent forest fires in countries where they are rampant.
IoT for Machine Learning
We ask opinions from Sirin Software company and they say no doubt, IoT can collect extensive data, meaning we can use it to teach the system. Many software development companies are using IoT and machine learning to make their system more robust. This technology introduces more intelligent devices in our lives and makes a machine to machine learning more sophisticated. This allows us to predict the results of different situations accurately. The more IoT devices interact with other machines, the training becomes more straightforward since you can train all of them by training one device.
Traffic congestion management
If you live in a busy city, it is normal to be caught up in traffic, even when you need to be at a location urgently. Traffic congestion is one problem that many governments of the world have failed to resolve. However, with IoT, something can be done about the long hours spent on the road. There is a reserved lane on busy roads for people in a hurry in cities like Tel Aviv. If anyone is impatient and can’t spend long hours on the road, they can switch to the faster lane at an extra cost. There are sensors built in the asphalt to identify the driver’s license plates and charge them for using the highway. The rate depends on how busy the road was. Even though only a few countries have implemented it, the chances are that more countries would tow this line this year as we advance.
IoT in Logistics
Ecommerce is at the heart of the world, and given the coronavirus pandemic, its popularity skyrocketed. It then means that the demand for logistics rose to an unprecedented level during and after the lockdown. As a result, logistics companies had to increase operational efficiency and reduce costs simultaneously. In fact, these companies have embraced IoT with open arms and hope to leverage the benefits for years to come. A quick look at modern warehouses gives you a picture of the future of logistics. Amazon warehouses now use robots to scan QR codes and fetch the products from where they are stacked. Gone are the days when humans would need to move from one shelf to the other, searching for a product. These robots have an in-built camera and QR scanner that quickly searches the product’s database and finds it within seconds. This increases efficiency and speed.
IoT for Automobiles
Driverless cars are gradually becoming a norm in developed countries but are still strange in developing countries. In 2021 and beyond, the automobile industry would see an unprecedented revolution. Thanks to the 5G technology, more driverless cars would hit the roads. They will increasingly collect and process driving data and behaviors, which will improve safety and driving experience on the highway. Commercial vehicles would also benefit from this because the network would be fast and reliable.
IoT technology portends an excellent future for all of us. It is hard to acknowledge that it hasn’t gone far as the benefits are already evident. The first half of 2021 is gone, and the second half offers another opportunity to explore all that technology has for us. Small businesses worldwide are eager to inculcate IoT because they need to meet up with the global standard. When they do, they’ll witness a game-changing revolution that improves sustainability and profitability.