The Internet of Things (IoT) offers companies sensor-based technology at the end-user level and low-latency connectivity — making it possible to create products with smarter data, improved automation, and optimized experiences.


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Companies across industries are tapping into IoT to deliver new capabilities to their customers, and the use cases, partly driven by 5G and edge computing, continue to grow along with the IoT market. Read on to learn how different sectors are using the Internet of Things and how these cases are impacting users today:

7 Applications Of Internet of Things

1. Entertainment: Augmented Reality (AR)

Augmented reality is a growing field of technology where sensors and other Internet of Things-based elements are used to incorporate enhanced virtual features into a real environment. Augmented reality through IoT imaging is gaining popularity in areas such as online retail, but it is most frequently used today in entertainment and gaming. Some examples include:

Pokemon Go, a mobile game where users can virtually capture Pokemon characters at real-world sites and engage with other players at physical hubs
The NFL and Nickelodeon partnered to show animated stats and elements over the field during a live game
Learn about AR and the growing metaverse: The metaverse: What is it?

2. Health Care: Remote Monitoring And Patient Care

Whether it’s for convenience, accessibility, or safety reasons, health care providers are using IoT to offer remote monitoring and care.

IoT advances make it possible for health care providers to remotely assess a patient’s health condition with real-time insights on metrics, like glucose levels, heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Particularly during COVID-19 lockdowns, IoT remote monitoring and telehealth make more personable care possible virtually.

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Faith Merriam, director of nursing at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, saw the benefits of Internet of Things technology when it came to COVID-19 patient care:

“In our COVID-19 unit, admission assessments were done via NOVA [Nursing Observation and Virtual Assistant developed by Intel] without having to go into the room, and physician consults were performed via two-way video,” Merriam says. “The physicians loved it. NOVA personalized a very difficult situation where patients had been feeling isolated. Now they’re able to communicate face-to-face with other personnel, while at the same time we are able to contain infection rates.”

Learn more: A Montage Health Hospital Improves Patient Safety

3. Government: Smart Cities

A number of large cities around the globe are finding ways to optimize their infrastructure for efficiency and sustainability through smart city development and IoT.

The city of Atlanta’s rapid transit authority, for instance, uses IBM‘s IoT technology for predictive maintenance and analytics in their tunnel ventilation system. The data collected by their network of IoT sensors provide more unified and advanced insights into repair needs, according to Remy Saintil, director of facilities maintenance, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

“It showed the survival curve of certain assets and opened up a lot of doors to things we were missing,” says Saintil. “We were able to get predictions and, with dashboards, were able to see all data in one place. We didn’t have to go searching.”

Several other cities are experimenting with IoT, working the technology into programs like waste management and energy efficiency. […]

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