The Internet of Things (IoT) is pushing intelligence out further than ever before, making everything from our homes, cars, and businesses smarter. We’ve covered smart cities, smart airports, and smart highways here on the APEX of Innovation as part of an ongoing series of posts on intelligence at the edge. Below we look at some new examples of how edge computing is making our world smarter.
While not a new concept, the IoT is making smart homes of the future a reality today. In fact, 90 percent of homes in the U.S. now own a connected home device. And the list of common smart home devices keeps growing, including smart thermostats, voice-controlled speakers, smart refrigerators, smart vacuum cleaners, and more. In addition to allowing users to remotely manage their homes, connected intelligence and smart devices provide innovative ways for people to increase efficiency and save money—and generally make life better—at home.
Whether in private residences, commercial businesses, or public spaces, the IoT and related technologies have moved today’s security systems from passive video with manual monitoring to continuous video streaming that captures, stores, and analyzes data nonstop. Advanced systems also use analytics and machine learning to identify patterns and enable motion detection to better spot anomalies and potential security breaches.
Today’s energy industry is pushing the boundaries of efficiency with new capabilities powered by IoT devices. Smart energy providers are deploying sensors across their power grids that collect data to better manage and predict power consumption and potential demand surges. The added intelligence also enables providers and end-user consumers to better manage energy consumption, saving money, and minimizing the impact on the environment.
As trends like “free-range” farming become more common, farmers are using IoT devices to track animals in open spaces and monitor equipment to perform predictive maintenance. They’re also placing sensors in the ground to check moisture levels, watering crops with just the right amount to help conservation efforts.
If you’re interested in learning more about the impact of IoT and intelligence at the edge, check out this APEX of Innovation post on how to drive innovation and disruption with IoT.