In this article, you are gonna see an epic list of 100+ real-world IoT applications that are booming in 2021. This will help you attain an in-depth understanding of incredible use cases of the Internet of Things (IoT) across a wide spectrum of industries.
IoT is in fact one of the trending disruptive technologies out there in today’s world. It has the potential to change the way you live and do business in the future.
We put together this article to share some of the most transformative IoT applications today to give you ideas for how your business or industry can better leverage this technology to improve ROI and increase operational efficiency applying to all.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right into the list of awesome real-world applications of IoT in various industries.
- Automobile Industry
- 1. Automotive Fleet Management
- 2. Dealership Inventory Management
- 3. Driver Behavior Management
- 4. Fuel Level Monitoring
- 5. Reconditioning Process Tracking
- 6. Tire Pressure Monitoring
- 7. Predictive Maintenance
- 8. Vehicle Telematics
- Agriculture Industry
- Construction Industry
- Consumer Industry
- Ecommerce Industry
- Education Industry
- Energy Industry
- Field Service Industry
- Government & Cities Industry
- Health Care Industry
- 41. Asthma Management
- 42. Implantable Glucose Monitoring
- 43. Ingestible Sensors
- 44. Hospital Equipment Tracking
- 45. Medical Facility Access Control
- 46. Remote Patient Monitoring
- 47. In-Home Test Kits
- 48. Virtual Clinical Trials
- Hospitality Industry
- Insurance Industry
- Law Enforcement Applications
- Manufacturing Industry
- Maritime Industry
- Media, Marketing, & Advertising Industry
- Mining Industry
- Oil and Gas Industry
- Pets Industry
- Property Management Industry
- Rail & Railways Industry
- Retail Industry
- Science & Technology Industry
- Security & Surveillance Industry
- Sports Industry
- Supply Chain & Logistics Industry
- Transportation & Mobility Industry
- Trucking Industry
- Utility Industry
- Waste Management Industry
- Miscellaneous Applications
1. Automotive Fleet Management
IoT fleet management solutions provide insights into how a logistics fleet is performing on the road, including vehicle performance and driver safety, as well as monitoring maintenance needs.
Lost efficiency due to idle time, unscheduled maintenance, or vehicle loss can be extremely costly. IoT-enabled solutions for fleet management can provide insights to reduce maintenance downtime, increase driver safety, and measure the performance of vehicles. All of these features lead to increased efficiency, cost savings, and increased revenue.
Through the use of fuel-level monitoring systems and remote diagnostic monitoring services, fleet management solutions can send predictive alerts for maintenance to ensure that vehicles are running at their best.
- Reduce overall transportation and staff costs by increasing efficiency and
reducing idle time.
- Manage fuel costs and vehicle efficiency.
- Monitor and improve driver safety.
- Remotely diagnose maintenance requirements.
2. Dealership Inventory Management
Dealership inventory management utilizes sensor and tracking technology to provide car dealerships with the tools to remotely track and monitor inventory. Also called smart inventory management or lot tracking, these solutions reduce the manpower needed to maintain vehicles on the lot and prevent theft and misuse of inventory.
Dealership inventory management solutions provide dealership owners a way to remotely monitor and track inventory, collect metrics on usage, and maintain cars while lowering the labor cost of running diagnostics and inventory management. This can mean alerting staff when a car needs a new battery or oil change or sending automated updates when a car leaves the lot or is checked out for a test drive.
- Receive alerts when vehicles need maintenance or upkeep.
- Track vehicles on and off the lot to prevent misuse or theft.
- Collect usage data to see exactly which cars or models are seeing the most test
drives, even if they’re not being purchased.
3. Driver Behavior Management
IoT driver behavior management solutions monitor driving practices in order to increase safety and efficiency in the operation of a vehicle. Driver behavior management is primarily used in the operation of logistics fleets or in usage-based insurance plans.
Driver behavior management solutions allow supervisors to remotely monitor the performance of drivers, optimizing their performance to reduce fuel costs, and increasing the safety of their drivers on the road.
Driver behavior management solutions can be configured to identify and track sudden acceleration or braking, speeding, high-speed turning, frequent stopping, and slow driving on a per-driver basis. Supervisors can use these reports to track individual driver’s performance, identify fatigued drivers, and flag unsafe driving practices.
- Detect and identify fatigued drivers before an accident occurs.
- Ensure that drivers are performing at their best to increase safety on the road.
- Optimize driving performance to increase fuel efficiency and lower fuel costs.
4. Fuel Level Monitoring
IoT-enabled tank monitoring solutions allow users to remotely track tank levels and usage. Sensors in tanks can measure fill-level, location, and monitor for predictive maintenance.
In commercial applications, tank level monitoring systems allow users to closely monitor the logistics involved in storing, transporting, and delivering products, enabling the optimization of those processes.
- Reduce the cost of the logistics involved in storage, distribution and
delivery of gas.
- Remotely monitor and track supplies in real-time, preventing loss of product and
increasing efficiency in delivery.
5. Reconditioning Process Tracking
Reconditioning process tracking solutions automate the management and communication involved in the reconditioning process of used cars for sale with the goal of reducing time-to-line (T2L).
On average, used cars in a dealership’s inventory cost $42 per day to stock, not including the cost of preparing the car to sell.
Through tracking devices, reconditioning solutions can automatically send updates on a car’s process through the reconditioning process, based on its physical location, and allow sales staff to easily check-in on the status of cars entering the market and instantly locate them.
- Identify inefficiencies in the reconditioning process to reduce T2L.
- Manage and monitor the maintenance of staff performance.
- Eliminate inefficiencies and human error involved in seeking and reporting
- vehicle status updates.
6. Tire Pressure Monitoring
Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) use wireless sensors in commercial or consumer tires to measure tire pressure and alert drivers when tire pressure reaches potentially unsafe levels.
TPMS eliminates the need for drivers to manually check tire pressure. Besides saving in efficiency, these systems ensure that tire pressure is always at safe levels and reduce the risk of accidents on the road.
Tire pressure monitoring systems are either direct, using a sensor that measures the actual air pressure in a tire, or indirect, using a sensor that measures the speed of the tire rotation. Both systems wirelessly send an alert to the driver if tire pressure below a safe threshold.
- Provides constant monitoring of pressure levels to ensure safe driving
- Eliminates human error in monitoring tire pressure levels.
7. Predictive Maintenance
The IoT devices or sensors connected to operational components of the vehicle keep track of the functional metrics like, temperature, engine speed, electrical systems, and navigation, which measure performance variables and forecast performance benchmarks.
The information gathered is used to update owners with preventative and predictive maintenance alerts helping them to address issues before they arise.
- Help avoid the breakdown of the vehicle due to a lack of maintenance.
- Provide accurate maintenance alerts well before it happens.
8. Vehicle Telematics
Vehicle telematic means nothing but telecommunication that makes you and your car safe with the help of wirelessly connected systems. This technology will help you provide roadside assistance, informing your important contacts in case of any emergency, improving infotainment, etc. Telematics is one of the major automotive IoT use cases because it itself controls navigation, security, safety, communications, etc.
- Enhanced security, safety, infotainment, etc.
9. Crop Health Management
Crop health management solutions employ smart farming technology, like IoT-enabled sensors and drones, to monitor crop health and track critical environmental factors, allowing improved efficiency and decreased response time to potentially damaging conditions.
While crop health management solutions require a higher upfront cost, they are easier to scale and provide a much more reliable long-term solution for monitoring crop quality.
- Reduce the human labor required to monitor the condition and health of crops.
- Maintain accurate records of environmental factors.
- Receive real-time alerts for pest infestations or crop disease.
- Decrease response time to destructive weather events such as freezes or
10. Crop Irrigation Management
Crop irrigation management uses IoT-enabled sensors to monitor precipitation and humidity levels and automatically adjust irrigation schedules to reduce waste and improve crop yield and quality.
Crop irrigation management systems utilize precision farming methodologies to minimize waste and optimize growing conditions. In a European study, smart crop irrigation management systems reduced water consumption by 25 percent.
- Reduce costs associated with wasted water consumption.
- Prevent over or under-watering of crops to increase crop yield and quality.
- Lower long-term costs of human labor to monitor and adjust manual irrigation
11. Livestock Management
Livestock management, also known as livestock monitoring or precision livestock farming, uses IoT-enabled collars or tags to track and monitor the health of livestock, most commonly cattle.
Livestock management systems monitor the temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate of animals; track animals that graze in larger areas to prevent the loss of livestock; and alert farmers to optimal times for mating.
- Monitor the health and vitality of livestock in real-time, enabling farmers to quickly treat animals and prevent the spread of illness or disease.
- Track grazing animals to prevent loss and to identify grazing patterns.
- Monitor readiness to mate or give birth, preventing the loss of new calves and optimizing breeding practices.
12. Smart Greenhouses
Generally, smart greenhouses increase the yield of your crop by controlling and maintaining the parameters like light, temperature, humidity, air pressure, etc. When it is coupled with IoT, it uses remote-controlled sensors, actuators, etc that allow the farmers to monitor and regulate their behavior as per their needs.
- Increased crop yield due to faster response time.
- Reduced costs due to lower electricity bills.
13. Construction Crew Management
Construction crew management leverages IoT-enabled devices, such as wearables, to monitor crew members and to instantly communicate alerts to hazards or events.
Construction crew management solutions can provide insights on crew behavior when a supervisor isn’t present – helping to support the cohesion to safety guidelines and quickly alert supervisors to dangerous conditions or accidents.
- Stay informed on where crew members are working and quickly get a headcount of how many people are on a site.
- Send and receive real-time alerts to unsafe conditions or accidents.
14. Construction Equipment Tracking
Construction equipment tracking uses IoT-enabled tracking sensors, usually GPS, to monitor the location and usage of heavy construction equipment in real-time.
Construction equipment tracking solutions allow construction managers to ensure the security of equipment, preventing loss or damage, and monitor information on usage and maintenance in order to better utilize the equipment.
- Monitor equipment status and utilization to improve efficiency and optimize preventative maintenance schedules.
- Track equipment in real-time to prevent loss or to find missing equipment.
- Receive immediate alarms for unauthorized use and theft.
- Improve billing based on actual engine run-time.
15. Manhole Monitoring
Manhole monitoring can be taken to a next level by the implementation of IoT. This can help with full visibility and control during the construction of the manhole. Since it requires a high degree of attention and care, it requires the utmost monitoring. It can precisely identify any upcoming spills during the construction and notify with SMS or email before actually occurring spill.
- Comparatively lesser manual intervention required.
- Ensure better safety during construction.
16. Child Location Tracking
Child location tracking solutions use GPS and mobile data to allow parents or guardians to monitor and communicate with children remotely. Child monitoring solutions can be attached to a child, via their clothing or backpack, or can be worn around the wrist, resembling a smartwatch.
Child tracking solutions allow parents or guardians to monitor the location of their children, in real-time or at regular intervals. In case of an emergency, these devices can also act as a way for kids to quickly seek help, even if they don’t have a phone.
Most child tracking solutions utilize GPS and/or WiFi to track children indoors and out. Wearable options allow for two-way calling and SMS to allow parents to communicate with children, listen in on their surroundings, or send alerts; as well as a panic button that automatically calls the child’s trusted contacts; and geofencing alerts that send SMS or email alerts to parents if a child enters or leaves a preset area.
- Always know the location of your child.
- Listen in to a child’s surroundings without relying on them to pick up a phone call.
- Children have a way to instantly call for help, regardless of a phone’s battery level.
17. Indoor Home Gardening
IoT-enabled home gardening solutions increase the efficiency and autonomy of small-scale home gardens. Similar to applications in agriculture and smart farming, smart gardening solutions monitor soil and weather conditions, automate the watering process, and check in on the health of plants to improve plant health and yield.
IoT home gardening solutions save homeowners time in the daily management and upkeep of their gardens. Like their large-scale counterparts, home garden irrigation systems can decrease water waste and, ultimately, save users money.
Home gardening solutions can cover a wide range of applications including monitoring of plant health and environmental conditions, watering or irrigation, and controlling the climate of greenhouses or other indoor gardening spaces.
- Reduce costs associated with wasted water consumption.
- Prevent over-or under-watering of plants to increase the health and quality of a garden.
- Autonomously regulate temperature and climate in an indoor gardening environment.
18. Smart Home Management
Smart home management solutions enable IoT devices to communicate, automate processes, and be controlled from one source, such as a smart assistant or mobile phone. Smart home managers streamline the process by which users can control and monitor aspects of their homes.
Smart home managers can enable users to set up automated processes, for example turning on lights and lowering the thermostat when they unlock the door, and control multiple smart home devices from one device or interface.
- Enable smart home devices from different manufacturers to communicate.
- Set up processes or schedules that engage multiple devices.
- Access different devices from one interface.
19. Smart Home Security
Smart home security is a collection of IoT-enabled products that allow users to monitor and manage the security of their home including surveillance of the home and property and who has access to the doors.
With the introduction of IoT, the home security market is expected to grow to 75.76 billion USD by 2023. Smart home security systems allow users to remotely monitor and manage their homes in real-time. Unlike traditional home security systems, smart security systems continue to monitor and send alerts, even when disarmed.
Smart home security systems can include smart doorbells, which allow users to find out who is at their door (and why) before they unlock it; smart locks, which control access to your home; and smart security cameras, which are activated by motion and can be accessed remotely.
- Manage and monitor the security of your home from anywhere, ensuring that you don’t have to worry whether or not your doors are locked when you’re away.
- Receive alerts of attempted access or motion around your home, even when the system is disarmed.
- Identify and communicate with visitors without unlocking your door, even when you’re not home.
20. Smart Lighting
Smart lighting uses IoT-enabled sensors, bulbs, or adaptors to manage lightings. Smart lighting solutions can be controlled through an external device, like a smartphone or smart assistant, set to operate on schedules or to be triggered by sound or motion.
Smart lighting solutions can be built in a couple of ways. Smart bulbs are WiFi-enabled bulbs that can be controlled individually by a smart assistant or mobile app. Most have the ability to change color or dimness. Smart light switches operate as an adapter for regular light bulbs and can control groups of lights.
- Save money by switching to more energy-efficient LED bulbs.
- Set schedules to ensure that lights are off when they aren’t needed – or control lighting schedules remotely as a security measure when you’re away from home or out of town.
- Adjust the color or dimness of lights in different rooms or individual bulbs.
21. Smart Locks
Smart locks are IoT-enabled keyless entry devices that allow users remote access to door locks through their smartphones. Smart locks allow users the convenience of unlocking their door without a key, increased control over, and the ability to issue access to guests remotely.
There are two types of smart locks: locks that provide additional functionality to existing locking mechanisms and locks that completely replace the locking mechanism on doors. While smart locks must be powered, many allow a physical key to serving as a backup in case of an outage.
Many smart locks are compatible with other IoT devices or smart assistants, allowing for additional automated functionality – for example, your lights and thermostat switching on when your door unlocks.
- Make sure your door is locked from anywhere.
- Give and revoke remote access to visitors, like dog walkers or trusted friends.
- Receive notifications whenever the door opens and closes.
22. Smart Toothbrush
A smart toothbrush is embedded with IoT sensors that can capture data about your brushing habits, frequency, the pressure applied, missed spots, etc. This can actually enhance your oral health by providing precise and valuable insights about your brushing. You can keep track of all these on your smartphone and that will help you achieve better oral health.
- Regular updates will be provided on your smartphone.
- Act as a second person who is conscious of your oral health.
23. Fitness Trackers
Fitness trackers have grown to a great extent with the implementation of IoT sensors. Fitness trackers help you track your daily activities like sleeping duration, heartbeat rate, calories burned, workout stats, and a lot more other information. With these insights, you can improve your daily routines, workout patterns, and achieve your fitness goals easily.
- Real-time statistics will be available at your fingertips.
24. Smart Shoes
Smart shoes allow you to change the color of your shoes with a single tap on your smartphone. Also with the tap of your heels, you can send messages, call someone, monitor calories burned, and so on.
If you are a fashion freak you will surely love this as you can change the color whatever you like and also to match with your attire as well.
- Single shoes with a variety of colors!
25. Inventory Management
IoT sensors have improved inventory management to a great extent. These sensors are capable of learning the crucial information of the products in the inventory like availability, expiry date, etc, and eliminates human involvement.
It can help customers by providing product info and business owners by notifying the inventory conditions that may affect the viability of perishable items.
- Requires very little human involvement.
- Better and easy inventory management.
26. Supply Chain Management
IoT devices precisely track the journey of a product or an item and help businesses in staying updated over what’s happening to the product from its location, speed, etc. It will also be able to provide accurate information about the product arrival time and most importantly it can avoid losses and wrong deliveries as well.
- Customers can keep track of where the product is and when it will arrive at their doorstep.
27. Maintenance and Warranty
This is a great application of IoT and it’s going to grow much faster. This IoT technology is very effective in remote monitoring of products and analyzes their performance and predict the maintenance. This will help businesses with additional information to anticipate future breakdowns and avert it well before it happens.
When this setup notifies the company about the undesirable operating condition of a particular product, the company representatives can call and alert the customers to do maintenance or repair of their product in advance.
- Unprecedented breakdown of the product can be avoided well before it happens.
For any kind of business, especially in e-commerce, customer information will be a great asset. Having such in-depth knowledge will help enhance the personalized experience and that in turn leads to growth in revenue. In this case, data collected from IoT based smart home devices will help a lot.
For example, if someone’s air conditioner is taking up too much energy, businesses can personalize and show them the ads of a better eco-friendly model that can save energy and cost as well. This type of personalization will convert better and the revenue will grow faster.
- Deep personalization will convert better and improve the ROI of businesses.
29. Connected Communication Platform
When it comes to connected communication, IoT has a lot to contribute. EdModo is an IoT-based connected communication platform that helps teachers, students, and parents share advice, tips, learning materials, keep track of students’ progress, and improve the efficiency of education inside and beyond the classroom.
- Better communication between students, parents, and teachers.
- Different ambiance beyond the conventional classroom approach.
30. Attendance Monitoring System
The attendance monitoring system is one of the most utility applications of IoT in the education sector. This helps enhance the attendance monitoring much simpler, cheaper, and automated.
The system once installed, can monitor daily attendance, publish reports, send emails or SMS to parents if their student is absent, left early, etc. Anyway, these things can be heavily customized according to their needs.
- Once deployed, no much attention is required. It works according to a pre-programmed manner.
- No manual efforts are required to publish reports weekly, monthly, etc.
31. Gas Tank Level Monitoring
IoT-enabled tank monitoring solutions allow users to remotely track tank levels and usage, eliminating the need for manual assessment and allowing managers a high-level understanding of depletion rates.
Manually inspecting gas tanks for fill-level and maintenance can be time-consuming and costly, but unexpected shortages of fuel can completely halt operations, making fuel monitoring a necessary part of many businesses.
Tank level monitoring systems allow users to remotely gather data from multiple tanks across buildings or across state lines, with the same high level of accuracy every time, eliminating surprises and equipping managers with the information they need to improve efficiency.
- Reduce the cost of the logistics involved in the storage, distribution, and delivery of gas.
- Remotely monitor and track supplies in real-time, preventing loss of product and increasing efficiency in delivery.
32. Solar Energy Management
Solar energy management solutions utilize IoT-enabled sensors to collect and manage data from solar farms, monitor the status of equipment, and optimize the collection and distribution of energy.
IoT solar energy management systems allow hundreds of individual solar panels to be monitored and managed from one central location, allowing managers to quickly respond to issues and make faster, better-informed decisions.
Sensors measure the energy production of individual panels, alerting operators to issues with panels before they affect overall systems. Energy management systems can react in real-time to changing weather, adjusting the output and distribution of stored energy.
- Reduce outages and downtime by locating and responding immediately to issues.
- Improve efficiency in energy production and distribution with predictive analytics and real-time optimization based on environmental conditions.
- Scale quickly, whether you’re adding one hundred or one thousand new devices.
33. Residential Energy Optimization
IoT offers a sophisticated way to analyze and optimize the use of energy not only at the device level but also throughout the entire system of the home. This includes switching off or dimming lights, change device or appliances use, modifying multiple settings in order to optimize the energy consumption, and thereby minimizing the energy cost.
It’s another feature is that it is capable of identifying problematic consumption of energy by older or faulty appliances. This will be done automatically that otherwise need the attention of multiple professionals to get rid of this.
- Optimized use of energy and hence reduced energy cost.
- Need very little maintenance and attention.
34. Commercial Energy Management
Energy wastage of one of the main things that impact a business in a major way. This occurs because of the lack of deployment of efficient energy management systems. Though this won’t be a huge issue for a small business but it will definitely be a massive issue for a larger organization. So they must monitor the energy usage in a precise manner for effective management. This is where IoT comes to the rescue.
IoT simplifies the process of energy monitoring and management while maintaining a low cost and high level of precision. It addresses all points of an organization’s consumption across devices. Its depth of analysis and control provides organizations with a strong means of managing their consumption for cost shaving and output optimization. IoT systems discover energy issues in the same way as functional issues in a complex business network and provide solutions.
- Optimized use of energy and better productivity.
- High level of precision.
35. Smart Grid
A smart grid is an IoT-based electrical network system that can cater to the electrical needs of every resident, business, and infrastructure system in a city. It uses wireless devices such as sensors, radio modules, gateways, and routers. These devices provide the sophisticated connectivity and communications that empower consumers to make better energy usage decisions, allow cities to save electricity and expense, and enables power authorities to more quickly restore power after a blackout.
- Smart Grid Enables Renewable Energy Generation.
- Better Billing, Better Predictions.
- Smart Grid is More Resilient.
Field Service Industry
36. Field Service Fleet Management
Field service fleet management solutions automate back-office processes and collect data on dispatches to increase efficiency and overall performance in field service businesses.
IoT-enabled field service management solutions automate back-office processes, including assignment and dispatch of service requests, equipment and inventory management, and billing and collection. Solutions also monitor the location and performance of equipment, track the efficiency of employees, and can give customers real-time updates on requests.
- Monitor and track employee performance.
- Save time by automating time-consuming operational tasking.
Government & Cities Industry
37. Air Pollution Monitoring
Air pollution monitoring uses stationary or mobile sensors to map and monitor the air quality in large geographical areas, enabling cities to better regulate air pollution and make more informed decisions.
Smart city air pollution monitoring solutions offer a more cost-effective and complete way for cities to measure and track changes in air quality.
- Better inform and monitor the impact of regulations to control air quality.
- Plan the placement of vulnerable facilities like hospitals and schools to reduce asthma in children and improve the outcome of sick patients.
- Empower city residents to make more informed decisions to limit their exposure to harmful air pollution.
38. Municipal Fleet Management
Municipal fleet management utilizes sensors to track, monitor, and manage municipal fleets to increase operational efficiency, optimize maintenance schedules, lower insurance premiums, and ensure the safety of drivers.
Fleet management solutions work by monitoring gas levels and usage, tracking driver behaviors for risky driving or fatigue, monitoring the location of vehicles, and monitoring overall vehicle performance.
- Increase operational efficiency by optimizing routes and automating dispatch.
- Enhance productivity and safety by monitoring and tracking unsafe driver behavior, such as sudden braking or accelerating.
- Monitor vehicle efficiency and perform proactive maintenance to prevent unnecessary vehicle downtime or losses in efficiency.
39. Parking Lot Management
Parking lot management solutions utilize occupancy sensors and smart parking meters to automate the management of paid parking, lowering costs, and providing users a more frictionless parking experience.
While parking lot management solutions can’t create more parking spots, they can drastically decrease the frustration users experience while looking for parking, all while providing parking lot managers greater insight into peak traffic hours, user behavior, and revenue trends.
- Identify and ticket instances of overstay in short-term parking, without human intervention.
- Monitor peak traffic times and automatically adjust rates accordingly.
- Digitize processes to reduce labor costs, eliminate human error, and increase operating efficiency.
40. Traffic Congestion Monitoring
Traffic congestion monitoring uses IoT-enabled sensors or drivers’ mobile phones to track and predict traffic patterns, in order to reduce overall traffic congestion.
Traffic congestion monitoring solutions allow cities a high-level view of traffic congestion trends, enabling them to better plan solutions or changes to infrastructure.
- Monitor congestion patterns to identify changes and track improvements against infrastructure and policy changes.
- Better inform decisions on road and infrastructure improvements.
Health Care Industry
41. Asthma Management
Asthma management uses devices like smart inhalers to monitor the rate and environmental factors around asthma attacks to better inform users as to how their asthma is being managed, decrease non-adherence to treatment and help users discover the cause of their asthma attacks.
Smart inhalers use Bluetooth to detect inhaler use and record usage to a mobile app, to allow users to monitor their asthma. Some devices measure air quality in real-time, sending an alert to users to warn them of potentially dangerous conditions, and recording the environmental factors surrounding asthma attacks.
- Receive notifications when you accidentally leave your inhaler behind.
- Monitor the frequency and causes of asthma attacks.
- Receive notifications when your inhaler is used improperly or ineffectively.
42. Implantable Glucose Monitoring
Implantable glucose monitoring systems are useful for treating diabetes patients. It uses IoT-based sensors implanted on them under the skin. These sensors will monitor the glucose level in their body and send the information to the patient’s mobile phone. These are also capable of recording historical data as well. This will help the patient know when the glucose level will likely be reduced in the future and also in the present too.
- Receive notifications when glucose level goes under a certain level.
- Historical data can be availed at any time.
43. Ingestible Sensors
Ingestible sensors are one of the most modern applications of IoT in the medicare industry. These are pills-like sensors that can be swallowed by patients like normal pills. Once it is ingested, it will relay information to the patient’s mobile phone that will let them follow proper dosages for their medication.
These sensors are to ensure that the patients are taking their medications at the right time in the right dosages. Some ingestible IoT sensors are also being used to diagnose patients having colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.
- Receive notifications about the timing and dosages of the medication.
- Ensure regular and proper medication.
44. Hospital Equipment Tracking
Hospital equipment tracking, also known as a medical Real-Time Locating Solution (RTLS), is a subset of asset tracking, which uses active/passive RF-based tags and sensors to monitor the location and utilization of hospital equipment to increase efficiency and deter equipment theft or loss.
Hospital equipment tracking solutions tag medical equipment to track its location and monitor usage, not only ensuring that equipment can be found when it’s needed but to predict future needs and identify inefficiencies in-hospital processes.
- Allow medical staff to find equipment in emergencies, even when it hasn’t been returned to its rightful place.
- Track and automate the inventory process.
- Identify and correct inefficiencies in the hospital process – for example, tools stuck in sanitization or otherwise in disuse.
45. Medical Facility Access Control
Medical facility access solutions use keyless entry technology to control access to restricted areas, such as supply closets and labs. These solutions ensure the safety of patients and staff; prevent loss of equipment and inventory; and increase the efficiency of providing and restricting access, implementing new security protocol and response in case of emergency.
Access control solutions utilize much of the same technology as keyless entry solutions, relying on a Bluetooth or NFC signal to alert the system to unlock the door. Because each device identifies separately in the system, access control solutions can track who’s coming and going through specific doors; remotely revoke or grant access, eliminating the need to copy or retrieve physical keys; and even dictate when an individual user has access to a specific door.
- Remotely manage which staff have access to specific doors.
- Track entrances to particular doors to determine peak traffic times or to track employee location for accountability.
46. Remote Patient Monitoring
Remote patient monitoring allows care providers to collect a wide range of data from patients to monitor chronic illnesses and to better engage patients in their own healthcare.
Remote patient monitoring solutions allow greater levels of communication between healthcare providers and patients, ensuring that they receive the information they need before patients experience adverse effects.
Monitoring programs can collect a wide range of data including vital signs, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, oxygen levels, heart rate, and electrocardiograms through wearable devices or prompts that request patient information, to be filled out at a convenient time and place by the patient.
- Collect additional information on patients without overburdening care teams.
- Increase efficient treatment and management of patients by automating data collection.
- Educate patients by increasing engagement in their healthcare, resulting in lower rates of readmission.
47. In-Home Test Kits
An IoT-enabled in-home test kit can help capture health-related data that can be sent to a doctor. Most of the time doctors will not be able to see the complete symptoms of a patient while getting medicare. So a track record of the symptoms and other related data can help improve medical care and avoid incorrect diagnosis.
- A track record of pre-existed symptoms will be available for the doctor.
48. Virtual Clinical Trials
With the advent of IoT and the proliferation of smart sensors and devices, the quality and effectiveness of clinical trials have improved a lot. It uses connected devices like bio-wearables, in-home medical devices, smartphones, etc, to facilitate remote patient monitoring and collect medical conditions like blood sugar level, heart rate, skin condition, moisture, blood pressure, sleeping pattern, etc.
With the appropriate implementation of remote patient-monitoring technologies, virtual trials will bring improved treatments to patients in less time and hence improving their quality of life.
- Higher patient recruitment is possible and thereby attaining a bigger sample size.
- Enhanced data quality.
- A lesser number of medical staff is required.
49. Hotel Crew Efficiency
Smart hotel management solutions utilize IoT technology, like automated check-in and scheduling software for smart lighting and appliances, to create improved guest experiences, monitor lone workers such as housekeepers or security staff, and increase operational efficiency.
Hotel management solutions can automate the assignment of service requests like housekeeping or repair, alerting staff when guests check out so they can reset rooms and perform maintenance immediately, minimizing downtime. Many mobile apps monitor the location of staff, allowing them to share their location and ask for help instantly.
- Automate processes like room assignment and status update for housekeeping and maintenance staff.
- Create seamless check-in and check-out processes that get guests settled in faster.
- Optimize temperature and energy usage to save utility costs and to ensure that rooms are always comfortable when guests arrive.
50. Guestroom Automation
The guestroom automation solution can help the guests to stick with their comfort zone and customizations. This IoT solution uses devices like thermostats, IoT enabled lighting systems to help achieve automation and help hotels and restaurants to make their guests satisfied with their facilities.
- Improved customer satisfaction.
51. E-Key Cards
With the advent of IoT, the hospitality sector has taken a big leap. The E-Key cards can be used for logging into a hotel or restaurant system with ease. Even smartphones can nowadays be used as electronic key cards for hassle-free logging. This will ensure guest safety as it will add an extra layer of protection to your assets and eliminates loss/ theft.
- Fast and easy hotel logging.
- Improved safety.
52. Usage-Based Vehicle Insurance
Usage-based vehicle insurance (UBI) uses individualized data to determine insurance premiums, rather than the traditional approach, which leverages statistics to determine the risk factor of a particular driver. UBI systems monitor a driver’s adherence to safe driving techniques and account for the number of miles a car is regularly driven to calculate premiums, often with large rates of savings for drivers.
UBIs work by installing a telematics device – that either plug into the insured vehicle or is loaded as an app onto the driver’s smartphone – to measure the number of miles driven and to monitor the driver’s behavior. By monitoring things like sudden acceleration or braking, hard turns, or collisions the system can flag unsafe driving behavior, end alerts in the event of an accident, and track the car in case of theft.
- Gather precise data to support the assessment of claims, reducing fraud, and driving down costs.
- Enhance customer loyalty through regular contact.
- Open up possibilities for sales channels and opportunities to generate revenue through partnerships with other businesses (like reward programs for safe driving).
Law Enforcement Applications
IoT can act as an instrument of law enforcement that reduces manual labor and subjective decisions through better data, information sharing, and advanced automation.
IoT helps in creating better solutions to problems by using technology in the place of force; for example, light in-person investigations of suspicious activities can be replaced with remote observation, logged footage of violations, and electronic ticketing. It also reduces corruption by removing human control and opinion for some violations.
- Reduced manual labor.
- A high degree of transparency.
54. Enhanced Court System
Current court systems utilize traditional techniques and resources. They generally do not exploit modern analytics or automation outside of minor legal tasks. IoT brings superior analytics, better evidence, and optimized processes to court systems which accelerate processes, eliminate excessive procedures, manage corruption, reduce costs, and improve satisfaction.
In the criminal court system, this can result in a more effective and fair system. In routine court services, it introduces automation similar to that of common government office services; for example, IoT can automate forming an LLC.
IoT combined with new regulations can remove lawyers from many common legal tasks or reduce the need for their involvement. This reduces costs and accelerates many processes that often require months of traversing legal procedures and bureaucracy.
- The involvement of lawyers in common legal tasks can be reduced.
- Legal procedures can be made much faster than before.
55. Backflow Valve Monitoring
Backflow valve monitors track the position of backflow valves and sends alerts in case of valve failure, allowing users to immediately assess and correct the problem, preventing property damage and costly fines.
Traditional backflow valves must be manually checked for failure, usually indicated by discharge. Because of the typical placement of backflow valves, indications of failure may not be noticed before an annual assessment, causing dangerous contamination or property and equipment damage if left unchecked.
Backflow valve monitors can be built into backflow prevention devices or can be attached to legacy ones. Using sensors to detect and identify the backflow valve’s position, the system monitors for failure or abnormalities and can send real-time updates and alerts to managers or owners.
- Receive real-time alerts to backflow valve failure.
- Monitor multiple backflow valves with one online dashboard, eliminating the need for manual audits.
56. Environmental Chemical Leak Detection
Environmental chemical leak detection uses IoT-enabled sensors to detect chemical leaks in chemical manufacturing facilities to identify, manage, and prevent environmental pollution.
Chemical leak detection systems allow companies to identify chemical leaks before they become dangerous, managing their cleanup and preventing environmental pollution and life-threatening conditions. Ari Goldfarb, CEO of leak detection system Kando, claimed that the use of Kando reduced the cost of treating pollution by 40 percent for its users in its first year of use.
Through the use of infrared lasers, chemical leak detection systems can detect invisible chemical gas leakages in real-time and use machine learning techniques to develop insights on pollutant spread.
- Immediately detect leaks of dangerous, invisible chemicals like methane or CO2, before they become dangerous.
- Predict the spread of pollutants to better manage cleanups.
57. Factory Automation
Factory automation uses IoT-enabled sensors and robotics to automate manufacturing processes, monitor equipment performance, ensure product quality, and increase on-site safety for employees.
Sensors in factory equipment monitor the performance of machines, alerting staff if errors occur or maintenance will be needed soon, preventing the need for unexpected outages or emergency maintenance. Automating repetitive tasks also helps prevent employee fatigue, increasing employee satisfaction, and reducing the number of on-site accidents or injuries.
- Generate data that can help identify inefficiencies or bottlenecks in processes.
- Increase product quality by eliminating opportunities for human error.
- Increase safety due to decreased potential for human error and reduce worker fatigue by removing employees from repetitive or fatiguing tasks.
58. Factory Equipment Management
Factory equipment management uses IoT-enabled sensors to monitor and track the performance and location of manufacturing equipment to optimize processes, reduce theft and misuse, and prevent unscheduled downtime.
Factory equipment management solutions allow for a more complete understanding of manufacturing equipment’s performance and utilization. Alerting companies when equipment is due for maintenance or under-performing and enabling them to schedule maintenance before the need is urgent and prevent an outage.
Using RFID of Bluetooth low-power, factory equipment management solutions can track the performance and location of manufacturing equipment. Retrofit kits and sensors allow companies to track performance without replacing legacy equipment.
- Eliminate human error in equipment tracking.
- Optimize maintenance schedules to minimize downtime.
- Monitor equipment performance to optimize processes.
59. Industrial Plant Leak Detection
Industrial plant leak detection uses IoT-enabled sensors to detect leaks in manufacturing facilities’ systems to identify, manage, and prevent environmental pollution, as well as to ensure worker safety and to reduce the costs associated with leaks, like loss of product or system damage.
Preventing and identifying leaks like these can be an extremely labor-intensive and costly process, requiring regular rotations of employees to manually inspect and monitor system performance and environment. IoT-enabled industrial plant leak detection systems automate that process by constantly monitoring for leaks and sending immediate alerts in cases of unexpected readings.
Leak detection systems allow companies to identify leaks before they become dangerous, managing their cleanup, and preventing environmental pollution and life-threatening conditions.
- Immediately detect leaks of dangerous, invisible chemicals like methane or CO2, before they become dangerous and receive alerts as soon as a leak is detected.
- Predict the spread of pollutants to better manage cleanups.
- Eliminate the cost of manual, labor-intensive monitoring for potential leaks.
- Automatically notify nearby workers if a dangerous leak occurs to prevent on-site injury or danger to staff.
60. Steam Trap Monitoring
Steam trap monitoring utilizes IoT-enabled sensors to monitor and alert administrators to steam trap failures, preventing equipment damage and loss of product.
Steam trap monitoring solutions offer facilities a cheaper and more reliable way to ensure that steam traps are functioning properly. By monitoring a steam trap’s performance every fifteen seconds, through a probe or sleeve over the trap, monitoring systems can send an immediate alert to administrators – so they can be corrected immediately, rather than when the next manual audit occurs.
- Receive an immediate notification in case of a steam trap failure.
- Identify and correct failed steam traps before they become dangerous or costly.
61. Wine Quality Management
Wine quality management uses IoT-enabled sensors and devices to monitor and manage wine production both in the vineyard and cellar to improve the efficiency of processes and create ideal conditions for grapes to grow and wine to age.
Wine quality management solutions use precision farming in vineyards to measure and environmental factors like humidity, temperature, and moisture levels, and adjust maintenance schedules to increase efficiency and optimize growing conditions. Similarly, sensors in cellars can measure and control environments to ensure the best possible conditions for wine to age.
- Monitor growing conditions in vineyards like humidity, soil quality, moisture levels, and temperature.
- Receive real-time alerts to potentially harmful changes in growing environments like temperature or pests.
- Monitor and control environmental conditions in wine cellars to improve wine quality.
62. Consumer Boat Management
Consumer boat management solutions allow boat owners to monitor and track their boats from anywhere, using IoT-enabled sensors to monitor performance and give real-time updates on a boat’s status and location.
Consumer boat management solutions allow boat owners to check in on their boats from anywhere. Rather than wonder if their boat has been tampered with, or if they remembered to turn off the lights, or if the battery needs to be changed, owners can instantly check in and manage systems remotely.
- Receive alerts if a boat leaves a geofenced area, like a dock or marina.
- Keep automated logs on past trips.
- Monitor equipment performance and receive notifications when maintenance is needed.
63. Maritime Fleet Management
Maritime fleet management uses IoT-enabled sensors to monitor and track the performance and location of maritime fleets in order to optimize maintenance schedules, plan and adjust routes, and streamline communications.
With regulations to reduce carbon emissions affecting global maritime fleets, many companies are looking for ways to reduce their fuel consumption and lower emissions of pollutants.
Maritime fleet management solutions enable fleet managers to closely monitor individual vessel performance to identify and correct operational inefficiencies to result in better fuel efficiency and optimized equipment maintenance schedules.
- Minimize fuel consumption by monitoring equipment performance and optimizing routes.
- Monitor equipment for performance issues and schedule maintenance to prevent unexpected downtime.
Media, Marketing, & Advertising Industry
64. Improved Advertising
The present-day advertising and marketing system suffers very poor targeting even though high-end analytics and advertising methods are available.
IoT provides different and personalized advertising rather than one-size-fits-all techniques. It transforms advertising from noise to a practical part of life because consumers interact with advertising through IoT rather than simply receiving it. This makes advertising more functional and useful to people searching the marketplace for solutions or wondering if those solutions exist.
- A high degree of accurate targeting is attainable.
- Personalized advertising makes tasks simpler and relevant rather than showing unwanted loads of irritating ads.
65. Plant Automation
With today’s IoT solutions automation has evolved and the focus is around cohesiveness around different devices/sensors/controllers/meters to not only improve on efficiency but also increase quality, safety and gain the most ROI. With the holistic view of the plant, it is providing real-time information from mining facilities to the board room in real-time.
- Enhanced safety and ROI.
66. Smart Asset Remote Tracking & Management
With the adoption of IoT, the mining industry can better track their assets in real-time which in turn reduces the risk factors and improve the ROI. Some in-built smart learning engines can help create a sustainable and predictable asset lifecycle management and will enable all assets as part of the same eco-system and not working in silos.
- Real-time tracking of assets in the field of operation.
- Provides sustainable and predictable asset lifecycle management provision.
67. Real-time Tanker Tracking
IoT in the mining industry makes use of IoT devices like controllers, RFID, beacons, etc that interconnects these to applications and websites to create an enhanced digital ecosystem.
- Manage fuel costs and vehicle efficiency.
- Monitor and improve driver safety.
- Remotely diagnose maintenance requirements.
Oil and Gas Industry
68. Leak Detection
With IoT-driven leak detection solutions, preventive measures can be taken to avoid a huge accident. Without digging up the site, the solution can detect leaks in a non-destructive way. As it uses real-time pipeline monitoring, serious damages and mishaps can be avoided before they are too late.
- Real-time Pipeline Leakage detection.
- Methane Gas detection.
- Real-time Alert System.
- Remote Area Pipeline Monitoring.
69. Oil Well/Tanker Monitoring
Oil well monitoring is one of the inevitable things in any oil and gas company. With the addition of IoT driven solution, the conventional monitoring system is taken to the next level. The system adds an extra layer of protection to the oil tankers as it provides real-time high-end monitoring and management provisions that improve performance, safety, etc.
- Monitor tank level and temperature.
- Water pressure monitoring.
- Remote Oil well monitoring.
- Monitor Oil Tanks Remotely.
70. Offshore Rig Monitoring
When it comes to offshore monitoring, it is quite a difficult thing to achieve effectively. With the advent of IoT technologies, it has gained traction and became easier for the rig management team to effectively monitor the entire rig from offshore. It uses sophisticated sensors and devices to actively conduct real-time monitoring that can avoid unprecedented mishaps and thus shutdowns thereafter.
- Improved worker safety on site.
- An eye over the entire rig.
- Predict issues and takes proactive actions.
- Track workers with contextual awareness.
71. Pet Location Tracking
Pet location tracking solutions use IoT-enabled collars or devices to monitor the location and status of pets both indoors and outdoors. Tracking collars or collar attachments allow pet owners to check in on their animals when in the care of strangers, like dogwalkers, or to locate their pets should they go missing.
Unlike microchips, which are only effective if the pet is found and taken to a vet or shelter, pet tracking collars give owners a more active role in finding their pet. In addition to tracking a lost animal, pet tracking collars enable owners to monitor their pet’s activity levels and receive alerts if a pet leaves a pre-set area or geofence.
- Keep an eye on caretakers, like dog walkers or pet sitters.
- Track and find lost pets.
- Receive instant notifications if your pet escapes or wanders.
Property Management Industry
72. Space Reservation & Utilization
Space reservation and utilization solutions use IoT-enabled occupancy and motion sensors to monitor how office space is used. Office and property managers can use this information to better dedicate and utilize space.
Space reservation and utilization solutions allow companies to measure exactly how office space is currently being used and optimize space utilization to lower costs and boost productivity.
- Reduce energy use by turning off lights and electronics when rooms are not in use.
- Reduce real estate costs by adjusting underutilized space to better meet needs.
Rail & Railways Industry
73. Smart Railroad Management
Smart railroad management uses data gathered by IoT-enabled sensors on railroad trains, switches, and rails to optimize maintenance schedules and monitor train performance to prevent downtime and minimize delays.
By implementing smart railroad management solutions, companies can predict and optimize maintenance schedules to minimize downtime and prevent unexpected equipment failures, as well as alert conductors to potential hazards or considerations.
- Monitor for unexpected train behavior, like changes in speed or braking.
- Track train performance to identify potential issues with the equipment before it causes delays.
74. Precise Customer Tracking
Precise customer tracking uses stationary sensors or leverages customers’ mobile phones to track their route through brick and mortar stores. Customer tracking solutions allow stores to optimize floor layout, product positioning, and measure the success of promotions and in-store campaigns.
Precise customer tracking solutions allow retailers to, not only collect information on overall patterns of traffic but analyze individual customer journeys to see where customers dropped off or made the decision to purchase.
Customer tracking solutions consist of either stationary sensors, like cameras, to measure general traffic patterns and gather a headcount of customers in the store or use customer’s smartphones (usually via GPS or Wifi) to track customers’ progress through a store.
- Learn how customers navigate your store, which aisles or sections are most popular, and where in-store navigation or directions are failing potential customers.
- Learn the demographics of your customers – including when during the day and week they’re most likely to come to your store.
- Measure and monitor the success of the store organization and in-store promotions and advertisements.
75. Retail Crew Efficiency
Retail crew efficiency solutions utilize IoT-enabled technology, like cameras and sensors, to monitor the location and behaviors of retail staff in order to increase efficiency and improve the overall customer experience.
IoT retail solutions can accurately monitor and predict waiting times, preventing some of the frustrations customers face when waiting for checkout or customer service. Through cameras and systems designed to recognize facial expressions, systems can spot lost or dissatisfied customers and immediately send help.
- Improve customer satisfaction by reducing wait times.
- Increase operational efficiency to free up staff to spend more time helping customers.
76. Retail PoS Management
Smart retail PoS systems go beyond processing transactions. Operable anywhere there’s a WiFi connection, smart PoS systems track customer behavior, update inventory, and complete transactions anywhere in the store.
Smart PoS systems provide companies greater insights into what customers are buying, what they’re returning, and what customers are worth earning the loyalty of. They allow companies to track their busiest hours and automate operational processes like taking inventory and tracking returns, allowing staff to focus on providing great customer experiences.
- Complete transactions from anywhere in the store – preventing long queue lines during peak hours.
- Automatically update inventory and receive notifications when items are nearly out of stock.
77. Smart Retail Floor Management
Smart retail floor management uses IoT-enabled sensors to track employees, monitor customer service performance, and ensure customers a frictionless experience in brick-and-mortar retail stores.
Smart retail floor management solutions allow companies to monitor the performance of customer service staff including the amount of time it takes for a customer inquiry to be resolved, traffic patterns in the store, and insights to adjust schedules and ensure that there is always enough staff on-site.
- Automate collection and reports on staff performance.
- Receive automatic updates to optimize staff schedules.
- Enable customers to call for help without having to flag down an employee somewhere else in the store.
78. Store Foot Traffic Monitoring
Store foot traffic monitoring measures the number of potential customers that enter a store, where they go, and how long they stay. Foot traffic monitoring solutions help retail managers understand why customers may not be converting (if they can’t find what they’re looking for, for example), what customers see and when a store’s busiest times are.
To earn repeat business, consumers expect a quality, customized customer experience. Despite the fact that brick-and-mortar stores still account for 88 percent of total sales, they’re highly disadvantaged in knowledge about their customers. Ecommerce retailers can tap into the user’s browsing history and basic demographics, relying on large stores of personal data to inform their user experience.
- Monitor high-traffic days and times to determine when your customers are most likely to be in the store.
- Track store traffic over long periods of time to measure the growth of your audience month-by-month.
- Measure how long customers spend in your store and where they spend most of that time.
Science & Technology Industry
79. Laboratory Equipment Tracking
Laboratory equipment tracking, or asset tracking, solutions use IoT-enabled sensors such as RFID to monitor the location and usage of laboratory equipment in order to prevent loss and increase productivity through utilization.
Laboratory equipment tracking solutions enable labs to quickly locate missing equipment, saving time spent looking for it; monitor equipment utilization; and optimize maintenance and calibration schedules to minimize downtime and increase productivity.
- Eliminate time spent looking for lost equipment.
- Receive proactive updates on upcoming maintenance or calibration to optimize maintenance schedules and reduce downtime.
- Complete inventory reports and ensure compliance.
- Automate and optimize processes to reserve lab equipment and return the leased
80. Smart Meeting
The scope of the smart meetings use case is to provide meeting organizers with features and the capability of efficiently managing the whole meeting lifecycle from its organization to its execution and the meeting wrap-up. As such the concepts and ideas pushed forward can be useful for a wide variety of interested parties ranging from small businesses and universities regularly hosting meetings to large conference venues.
- Better, faster, and efficient management of meetings is made simple.
Security & Surveillance Industry
81. Prevention of Data Loss
By harnessing the power of IoT technology in our security systems, we can prevent the loss of our critical data and assets online. IoT security systems have the following benefits.
- Gain greater visibility over who enters and leaves a facility in real-time.
- Consistently and securely monitor facility conditions from any location with Wi-Fi access.
- Act quickly on important security alerts delivered right to their mobile device.
By implementing the IoT technologies in our security and surveillance solutions, we can manage and control surveillance devices remotely to monitor all aspects of a facility. In simpler words, we can make security and surveillance very simple and effective.
- Make smarter decisions about the best course of action to take based on real-time security conditions.
- Determine when there is a false alarm without having to physically inspect the location or unnecessarily dispatch law enforcement.
- Collect and analyze data to make important improvements to security processes and systems.
83. Goal-Line Technology
The goal-line technology is first used in 2014 for preventing misjudgment of goals in football due to lack of information. It consists of 14 high-speed video cameras facing towards the goalpost and the data collected by these cameras are sent for analysis. The result obtained after analysis will be available on the wristwatch of the referee. This way referring mistakes, touchline oversights, or goal-line blunders will be minimized.
- Very minimal referring mistakes are attainable with this technology.
Supply Chain & Logistics Industry
84. Cargo Management
Smart cargo management solutions utilize IoT-enabled sensors to monitor and manage the conditions for freight in logistics fleets. These solutions ensure the quality and safety of cargo and seek to increase efficiency to lower expenses.
Cargo management solutions ensure the safety of high-value cargo, like electronics, and the quality of delicate or perishable cargo, like food or medicine. These solutions also enable fleets to maximize efficiency in cargo load, fuel, and loading and unloading time.
IoT cargo management solutions track cargo and can automate communications to customers and loading crew; track and measure idle time and underutilized capacity; monitor the shock, tilt, humidity, and pressure of a shipment; and send alerts when cargo is accessed.
- Prevent waste by spoilage and prevent damage to cargo in transit.
- Ensure ideal conditions for cargo and receive automatic alerts when conditions are not met.
- Prevent restricted access to cargo.
85. Cold Chain Management
Cold chain management solutions utilize IoT-enabled sensors to monitor and manage temperature-sensitive packages to prevent spoilage as they move through the supply chain.
Cold chains management solutions keep all stakeholders in the loop, allowing customers and fleet managers to track shipments in real-time, receive alerts to any delays, and check in on the condition of packages. By utilizing precise temperature sensors, cold chain management solutions can alert drivers of potential issues with a shipment immediately, allowing swift response before the situation becomes critical or any inventory is lost.
- Receive alerts to errors with refrigeration equipment or delays.
- Always know exactly where your shipment is with remote tracking.
86. Food & Beverage Supply Chain Management
Food and beverage supply chain management manages the logistics in moving food and beverages from the manufacturing and packaging site to shelves. IoT solutions in cold supply chain management monitor the environmental conditions of cargo, like temperature and humidity, and track the shipment to ensure minimal loss of product due to spoilage.
As traceability and waste become top-of-mind for general consumers, the IoT for the food and beverage market is expected to grow to $8.43 billion by 2025. Food and beverage supply chain management solutions enable companies to act fast to prevent spoilage if their inventory falls below safe temperature or is delayed.
- Maintain and monitor environmental conditions of inventory, ensuring the highest possible level of food safety.
- Reduce waste, cost, and risk associated with all stages of food processing and packaging.
- Track inventory and automate shipments based on predictions of need.
Transportation & Mobility Industry
87. School Bus Tracking
School bus tracking solutions use sensors to track the location and performance of school buses to increase efficiency and ensure the safety of children riding to school. School bus tracking solutions fall under the umbrella of municipal fleet tracking and utilize much of the same technology.
School bus tracking solutions provide a solution, not only to better ensure the safety of students but to increase the efficiency of bus services and lower operating costs significantly.
- Monitor the performance of individual vehicles, optimizing maintenance schedules.
- Balance bus loads by tracking where students get on and off the bus.
- Track bus ETAs and share with parents or school administrators.
- Maintain compliance with applicable state and federal regulations.
- Monitor drivers for dangerous driving behavior or to receive alerts of driver fatigue.
88. Truck Yard Management
Truck yard management uses IoT-enabled sensors and technology to monitor, manage, and automate the processes involved in loading and unloading trucks in the truck yard or docks.
Truck yard management solutions seek to increase the efficiency of daily truck yard operations, tracking trucks and trailers, automatically assigning docks and time slots, and monitoring yard access and movement in real-time to increase operating efficiency.
- Minimize truck downtime with automatic shipment rescheduling.
- Reduce yard congestion and time spent queueing at the gate by optimizing delivery schedules and dock assignment.
89. Utilities Equipment Management
Utility equipment management uses IoT-enabled sensors to remotely monitor the performance of utility equipment, allowing companies to better optimize maintenance to minimize downtime and prevent unexpected outages.
IoT-enabled utility equipment management solutions can track and record the equipment’s age, usage, and maintenance history. By providing managers a top-down view of how equipment is performing, they can schedule maintenance before equipment starts to fail and predict the long-term needs of equipment and systems.
- Performance predictive maintenance to maximize equipment life and minimize the risk of equipment failure.
- Reduce the cost of manual equipment inspection.
90. Water Metering Management
Smart water meters use IoT-enabled sensors to monitor water usage and identify leaks to reduce waste and operating costs for utilities companies and cities.
Water meter management solutions can reduce water usage, instantly alert consumers and utility companies to leaks or system damage, and increase efficiency in operating processes.
Smart water meters work by utilizing an IoT-enabled sensor that measures water usage and ambient temperature in the system, updating at regular intervals. These meters can be monitored remotely, eliminating the need for utility agents to manually take readings and sending immediate updates if signs of a leak or tampering are detected.
- Prevent water waste by immediately identifying leaks and issues in metering.
- Lower labor costs and eliminate the need for utility agents to manually take readings from residential water meters.
- Predict consumption patterns to better prepare for increased need or reduced supply.
Waste Management Industry
91. Municipal Waste Management
Smart waste management uses IoT-enabled sensors in waste receptacles to monitor conditions like fill-level, temperature, and tilt to optimize waste collection.
Smart waste management solutions use predictive analytics and real-time sensors to optimize collection routes and ensure that recyclables are processed and sorted correctly. Solutions like Sensoneo claim to be able to reduce waste collection costs by 30 percent and lower carbon emissions by 60 percent.
Smart waste management solutions use sensors to monitor the fill-level of receptacles, to automatically compress waste, or to optimize pickup schedules.
- Save on fuel by only collecting full receptacles.
- Improve the efficiency and accuracy of the billing process.
92. Retail Waste & Recycling
Retail waste and recycling solutions use IoT-enabled sensors to monitor receptacles’ locations and fill-levels to optimize collection schedules and routes.
Smart waste collection solutions work by employing sensors to measure receptacles’ fill-level, temperature, tilt, and weight. When a bin becomes full, the company receives an alert and it is added to an upcoming route – meaning that, instead of servicing every customer and emptying dozens if not hundreds of half-empty bins, companies only drive to sites where bins are full.
- Increase operational efficiency by optimizing collection routes – reducing fuel and labor costs.
- Reduce costs associated with waste collection and pickup for retail locations.
- Eliminates retailers’ concerns about overfilling waste receptacles and associated waste management fees.
93. Smart Water Bottle
The smart water bottle reminds you to drink your fluids on time. The HidrateSpark smart water bottle tracks your water intake and synchronizes with your smartphone. It can also be integrated with Apple Watch, Fitbit, and other health trackers to adjust your daily water intake goals to your daily activity level.
The SteadyServ is kind of a weird application of IoT that notify you when you are running out of beer! This is actually a product that allows you to keep track of a particular brand of beer. It provides information like when you will run out of your beer when you have to reorder, and other information that helps you maintain your stock and inventory.
Gardening is one of the easiest ways to relieve stress, but what if you do not have enough space in your home to grow plants? Here comes the telegardening into play. The garden itself comes with a robotic arm that does all things for you. This arm will be connected to the internet through which you can give instructions as you like. With this, you can plant seeds and nurture them from anywhere in the world. You don’t have to get your hands dirty and still get the satisfaction and de-stress yourselves.
96. Smart Kitchen
One of the recent IoT developments in the food sector is a smart kitchen where app-controlled toasters can print designs on toasts. Once the toasting is done it can notify you for serving. You can also control it with your smartphone to activate salt shakers to put a pinch of salt on your toast. These shakers will be connected via Bluetooth and run on dedicated batteries.
97. Pulse Oximeter
This is a great application for those who love trekking. This is a small device that lets your guide measure the oxygen levels when a significant altitude is reached. The results from the device tell whether you are fit to ascend further or to stay back at an altitude. With IoT integration, this device can notify your doctor over the cloud on oxygen delivery without going to any clinic. This can save you from several chronic ailments.
98. Gesture Controlled Armband
A gesture control armband senses your muscle activities so that you can control any device connected to the IoT infrastructure just with your motion or gestures. The armband is equipped with electrodes to detect muscle activity and detect contraction and relaxation of them when the hand is in motion. These movements are then redirected to the software at the backend that decodes and translates them into commands and executes the action.
99. Smart Fragrance
A smart fragrance device controlled by IoT allows you to use a smartphone application to control the device remotely to release different fragrances when you are not home. The device can be pre-loaded with different varieties of fragrances that can be released as per your wish.
100. Smart Salt Dispenser
SMALT is a smart salt dispenser with an in-built speaker for streaming music, and colorful lightings to elevate your dining experience. According to the command given by you, the device accurately tracks and dispenses salt to have a healthy dining experience. SMALT is also widely compatible with your other devices, functioning with iOS, Android, and Alexa.
101. Lucid Dream Machine
Yeah! You heard that right. An Amsterdam-based startup Arenar has invented a wearable device to help you sleep – and dream lucidly. IoT can tell when you are dreaming and send musical alerts to tip you off so that you can effectively control your own dream and do just about anything you like! The iBand+ utilizes pillow speakers and a headband equipped with LED lights and EEG sensors, which register your brain activity and shines the light on your eyelids to stimulate sleep and lucid dreaming when you are in the REM sleep cycle. It can also smooth out your normal wake-up routine, with a smart alarm that gently wakes you using calming music and simulated sunlight.
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