The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly becoming an interesting topic of conversation in and out of workplace. It has created a good impression on how it can impact the lives of people and their surroundings.

But what does the Internet of Things exactly mean?

As webopedia explains it, the Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity, and the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems.

Composed of millions of sensors and devices that produce interminable large amounts of data, the IoT brings forth huge improvement to the lives of people in several ways. Through IoT, people can share information and accomplish tasks even when they are occupied with other activities like work, sleep or exercise.

Some examples of objects that are part of the IoT includes but not limited to connected security systems, thermostats, vehicles, electronic appliances, lights in residential and commercial areas, clocks and watches, speaker systems, vending machines and so many more.

How can the Internet of Things improve the lives of people?

Try imagining a world in which every device in your home, workplace and even in your surrounding environment are connected. Your air conditioner at home automatically turns on when your car approaches the driveway. Your front door unlocks itself when a household member arrives but remains locked for strangers. Your fridge automatically prompts you via an SMS when it is out milk. This is the type of world the IoT can offer you and there are still a lot of wonderful things you can enjoy with the IoT.

Smarter Healthcare

Wearable devices that are specifically developed to predict a host of health illnesses, before they even occur, can immediately manage the problem either by administering life-saving drugs, alerting family members or contacting emergency responders through the comprehensive details placed instantly in the hand of the user.

Smarter Urban Management

If the IoT is effectively carried out in cities and other urban areas, then:

  • Traffic management is automated, efficiently handling the flow of traffic regardless of the condition.
  • Vehicle owners can easily find available parking lots through parking apps that intelligently guide users to the nearest or most accessible open spaces.
  • Waste management is better implemented, not only reducing wasted time and energy but also cutting back on emissions.

Smarter Natural Disaster Management

The onset of conditions that can contribute to wild fires, avalanches or other natural disaster can be predicted with precision. Before these calamities occur or before they even get out of control, responders are already contained and therefore allowing them to act more quickly and manage targeted evacuations more rapidly.