What Is The Internet of Things, And How Does It Work?
The Internet of Things, often referred to as IoT, connects everyday devices to the internet. Whether it’s a floor lamp or power tool, the IoT can share data about how you use your devices. It connects, collects and shares data from all kinds of devices. The Internet of Things gives you the data to make your lifestyle more efficient and eco-friendlier. Pretty impressive, right?
So, how does it work?
Smart devices have built-in sensors that are connected to an IoT platform. All the data from the different devices are combined and formulated into useful analytics. The platform can detect patterns in the data, make recommendations, and identify potential problems. You can keep your devices working at optimum efficiency – without worrying about possible problems down the line. The IoT can foresee most issues with your device and help you to prevent them. It might remind you to do maintenance checks or take the device in for a professional service.
Let’s Take A Closer Look At IoT In The Home
The Internet of Things can make everyday tasks much easier. For example, an IoT-enabled alarm clock can calculate your travel time to work and help you get to work on time. It might be snowing, and your commute will be longer than usual. Or, you might have an early morning meeting and need to wake up an hour earlier than usual. It could even sync up with your coffee machine, so there’s a caramel latte waiting for you downstairs. You don’t even have to wait for your coffee to brew. The IoT takes efficiency to the next level.
IoT In The Workshop
The IoT can notify you when your cordless power tool runs out of battery or operates inefficiently. You can get it fixed before there’s any permanent damage to the tool.
Tim Obermann, Engineering Director for Power Tool Technology at Milwaukee Tool, said: “The tool’s wireless connectivity to the phone app allows that data to find its way up into the cloud and create an automated report for the user.”
IoT In Your Car
The Internet of Things can make your vehicle much safer. For example, it can detect components that need to be fixed urgently. A component in the car, called the diagnostic bus, collects data from sensors over the vehicle. It will pass this information to the manufacturer so they can see exactly what’s wrong with the vehicle. They can fix the part or send your directions to the nearest mechanic. The mechanic can order the necessary part into the shop before you show up. Genius!
Advanced analytics can help you make your processes more efficient – whether at work or in your home.