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The IoT is a term developed to describe a wirelessnetwork of “things” containing embedded technologythat communicate without human interaction. Forexample, a “thing” can be a wireless blood pressuremonitor, a sensor on an assembly line or an RFID tag ona piece of clothing in a store.

According to Gartner, there will be nearly 26 billionwireless devices connected to the Internet by 2020.Considering that in 2009 that number was less than 1billion devices, it seems clear that the Internet isexperiencing explosive growth of connected “things.”

So far, IoT technology has been mostly adopted by themanufacturing industry using machine-to-machine (M2M)communication. However, with rapid innovation of IoTtechnology, more and more industries are takingadvantage of this new way of life.

Here are three such examples of how businesses arebecoming “smarter” by adopting IoT. Each presents newmarket opportunities for entrepreneurs innovating withtechnology to improve services, connections andcommunication:

1. Healthcare

With the potential to improve the health, safety and careof billions of people, healthcare is one of the mostpromising industries for IoT. With wi-fi-enabled medicaltools and devices, hospitals are able to collect, recordand analyze data faster and more accurately. This helpsmedical staff perform diagnosis and treatment andundoubtedly improve standards of care.

Health monitoring and wearable devices for patients arebecoming extremely popular, as they’re able to transmit apatient’s real-time, vital-sign data from their home tomedical staff. Such Wi-Fi powered devices include“things” such as glucometers, scales, heart rate andultrasound monitors.

Furthermore, wearable devices are gaining attentionamong the elderly and those with chronic illness. Withthe push of a button, a person is able to alert the medicalstaff of an emergency situation.

Additionally, fitness bands such as the Nike NKE 2.73%Fuelband or Fitbit measure whole-body movementthroughout the day — transmitting the data wirelessly tothe user’s computer, tablet or smartphone. This trendalso has the potential to impact the way health insurancecompanies operate.

2. Manufacturing

Machinery and manufacturing was one of the firstindustries to take advantage of IoT technology. Currently,billions of wireless devices and sensors are networklinked in factories around the world. Industrial networksmake day-to-day operations “smarter” in many ways. Toexecute a “smart” manufacturing system, businessesintegrate IoT sensor-based technology into theirprocesses and systems.

After installing IoT technologies, King’s Hawaiian wasable to produce an additional 180,000 pounds of breadevery day, doubling its previous output. The companyinstalled 11 connected machines into a new factory thatgave the employees the ability to access both historicaland real-time data to monitor performance. The systemis connected to the Internet, so it can be controlled andmanaged from a remote operations center.

IoT has the potential to make manufacturing faster, moreefficient and more profitable.

3. Retail

The convenience of online shopping provides a hugeadvantage over brick-and-mortar stores. As such,ecommerce giants such as Amazon AMZN -0.38% havebeen growing at a phenomenal rate. With advancementsin IoT technology, in-store retailers now have anopportunity to level the playing field by tracking inventoryand consumers in real time.

Mobile IoT technology has breathed new life into brick-and-mortar stores by giving them the tools to create amore personalized shopping experience. Today, thesestores are able to collect a consumer’s location,demographic info and shopping history for an enhancedshopping experience. With real-time data, salesassociates can make personalized recommendationsand/or offers on the fly to increase the chances of makinga sale.

Furthermore, retailers are adopting the use of radiofrequency identification (RFID) tags to identify individualitems in a store. RFID tags work similarly to barcodes,but they can be used wirelessly. With tags, brick andmortars are able to efficiently track inventory andcontinuously update merchandise information. Salesassociates are also able to give advice and makesuggestions in the moment, giving them a competitiveedge over their online counterparts.

The future of IoT

With billions of devices coming on board the Internet ofThings, Gartner estimates that IoT product and servicesuppliers will generate incremental revenue exceeding$300 billion, mostly in services. There’s no shortage ofpredictions on how the market will evolve, but it’s clearin the years ahead, IoT will revolutionize our entire globalecosystem.






















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