6 Great IoT Use Cases
Smart street lighting system
An IoT platform can be used to intelligently control the lighting infrastructure of a city. By integrating an IoT platform with sensors in the streetlights, a smart system can be built to control streetlights and their brightness. The intensity of light emitted can be adjusted to weather conditions or brightness of daylight.
Smart traffic lights
The amount of traffic on a road can be detected by embedding magnetic sensors in the pavement or by mounting cameras on traffic signals. This information is transmitted to a central server where software can be implemented to control the traffic lights based on traffic volumes. This system can also help in detecting traffic jams on a given road and can create traffic alerts that can be pushed to people with smart phones.
Ultrasonic sensors mounted on the ceiling of a parking space can detect the presence of parked cars and send this information to a central server. Using IoT sensors, data can be processed to identify the number of free parking slots and can guide the people to the empty parking slots. The same system can also be used to identify free parking space on the streets and can send this information to the residents of that area on their mobile phone.
Smart vehicle security system
The current GPS-based smart vehicle tracking and security technology helps in continuously monitoring the important parameters of a vehicle such as location, speed, engine status, AC status, and movement. IoT can also be used to monitor the driver’s driving behavior and geo-fencing of restricted zones.
Remote patient monitoring system
A remote patient monitoring system helps in monitoring a patient’s health post discharge from the hospital. An IoT system can process the vital health parameters received from the patient’s health monitoring device and can then generate triggers in the case of any abnormality. Then, alerts can be sent to doctors, hospitals, and the patient’s family members providing the most pro- active healthcare system. As the famous adage goes, prevention is better than cure. (The author is Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Jetline Group of Companies) firstname.lastname@example.org