IOT – Where Reality And Virtual Reality Shake Hands

Consider you are commuting home from work. Once you get in and latch the door behind, you might experience a stale and damp ambiance due to lack of air circulation for several hours. Consequently, the bad ambiance might spoil your evening. One solution would be to leave the air conditioner (AC) running for the whole day. However, is it a wise or cost-effective solution? Of course not! It is a waste of valuable resources, costs more and is not eco-friendly at all.

Now, what if you’re able to turn on the AC, the moment before you start commuting from office? This would save money and energy and you would have done your bit to going green as well! This savvy solution would reduce the wastage of electricity compared to the option of leaving the air conditioner on throughout the day, and provide you with the perfect ambiance when you enter your home. The question is, how would you switch the AC ‘on’ from the office? Simple, you can do it using your smartphone!

But how does a smartphone operate the AC which is miles away? This is where the IoT or Internet of Things comes in.

IoT – Connecting Everything

IoT is influencing our lifestyle by altering the way we behave. ACs controlled by smartphones, smart car navigation systems providing the shortest route to the destination and smartwatches tracking our daily activities are just a few applications of IoT.

IoT is a huge network of connected devices. These devices procure and share data about the way they are being used and the environment in which they are being operated. This data is usually collected by using sensors embedded in the physical devices. The devices then transmit the data common platform. IoT serves as that common platform to share the data from various devices and enabling them to communicate with each other. You can now automatically pay from your credit card without taking it out.

For example, consider that your smartphone and the AC in your home are connected through a common platform via the internet. Since they share data in a common platform, the smartphone could detect the operating condition of the AC. Further, it enables you, the user to control the AC by sending commands using your smartphone. First, the command reaches the IoT platform, which in turn instructs the AC to operate accordingly.

IoT in Agriculture

Use of IoT is shaping the future of humanity significantly. Take, for example, agriculture. The use of IoT to control irrigation can optimize water usage and minimize the need for personal supervision. The benefits of using IoT in agriculture are endless!

The information on parameters of interest obtained using electronic devices would enable the user to take precise actions, which in turn would reduce the waste and cost. Farmers can have easy access to information on climate, soil condition, crop growth, pest infiltration, market prices, and transport. These could considerably increase the quality, quantity, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness of crop production. The major reason for crop failure is the lack of monitoring and quick remedial action when something goes wrong.  IoT helps by gathering all this information constantly and making it available as data that could be interpreted quickly for needed action.

The Internet of Things is a great step forward in understanding the environment in which we live and work. IoT, simply, is the future of things!

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