The Next Five Years: What to Expect from the Internet of Things
The future of interconnectivity looks bright! The Internet of Things (IoT) is booming, expected to grow to 34 billion devices by the year 2020 (1).
GPS units are among the first examples of these devices with built-in computers that can sense things independent from human input, and that technology is rapidly evolving to include wearable fitness trackers and apps that unlock your door. Many wonder, “What’s next?”
Expect to see homes get smarter, with green home solutions becoming more common and cost-effective. Examples include smart thermostats, appliances and even sprinkler systems.
IoT will likely play a big role in the evolution of businesses, including the transportation sector. Smart car production will grow, and Wi-Fi in smart cars will enhance consumer experiences and even help drivers reserve parking spots. The IoT also offers a positive impact on commercial transportation by making it easier to monitor fuel tanks, connect endpoints and improve safety while streamlining manageability and simplifying operations.
We already have wearable technology. In the coming years IoT will transform the way patients and doctors communicate via technology that can read vital signs and monitor conditions. Forbes estimates that the Internet of Things healthcare advancements will reach $117 billion by 2020
- Remote patient monitoring can change the way we handle long-term illnesses. An IoT device belonging to a cardiac patient with an irregular heartbeat might alert their doctor of changes immediately.
- Connected devices can monitor patients anywhere. The IoT for health can also create emergency notifications to send to doctors and complete patient charts based on data collected.
- Virtual assisted living may transform senior housing by keeping citizens at home longer. Imagine a refrigerator that automatically reorders food, pill bottles that remind you to take and refill medications, and smart tracking devices that transmit information to your doctor.
Beacon technology is poised for growth in the next five years, reaching an estimated 400 million by 2020
(6). Beacons are sensors that pair with mobile apps to push advertisements to customers and monitor shoppers’ behaviors. For example:
- Smart price tags changing prices based on demand and sales
- Smartphones and wearable technology improving customer experience by scanning items and uploading product information, coupons and reviews
- Smart shelves detecting low inventory
Tech Competency Boosts Interconnectivity
As tech integration increases, the IoT is poised to create new ways to connect physical and digital worlds. While the IoT’s growth potential expands, it becomes increasingly important to foster tech competency to keep up with new developments.
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