Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest trend in the IT and computing industry now. It makes the best use of the multiple devices by establishing a connection between them using an active internet connection. The possibilities of an interconnected device system increase exponentially after making the right connections using the internet services.
The IoT technology has several uses. One of the major uses includes integration of the tracking technology the GPS satellites. We already use the IoT technology for various, day to day tracking activities. App development for this technology is also gaining momentum with more and more IoT developers making their way into the market.
The tracking systems using the IoT devices can have an extended use if the technology is employed efficiently. Let’s take a look at the benefits with Internet of Things technology.
1. GPS and Navigation
GPS and Navigation technology is one of the major uses of the tracking technology via IoT enabled devices. The navigation technology has helped in the creation of smart traffic control systems. Most of the modern-day cars feature a navigation and media console with voice guidance that allows the users to drive the vehicle without taking their eyes off the road. The navigation technology also helps the drivers guide through the safest and shortest route possible with real-time traffic updates.
2. Logistics and Goods Transport
IoT technology based tracking forms a large part of the product-based industries. The tracking technology has helped us revolutionize the entire eCommerce platform by the inculcation of smart features for the transport of goods over long distances. Now the distributors, as well as customers, can track their product delivery status in real-time to make the necessary preparations for loading and unloading of goods from the delivery vehicle.
The logistics industry includes tracking of transfer of all types of products ranging from letters to huge earth moving vehicles efficiently.
3. Event Tracking and Management
Social media is one of the biggest platforms to publicize an event. Facebook and Twitter now have event tracking features on which they can easily keep track of the number of guests that will potentially attend the event/party. Above that, for those who are present can be tracked with IoT devices at the venue and even the path to various locations inside the venue can be provided to the individuals in need, from their current position.
4. Health and Lifestyle Applications
Some of the devices that received a major technological upgrade via the IoT trend wave are wrist watches. The modern-day wrist watches are popularly known as smartwatches since they carry out many more functions than just displaying the time. These smartwatches can keep track of your physical activity as well as location to help you follow a strict and healthy regime. It is not just about the watches there are many devices used for tracking. These apps with different devices as tracker can be effectively used for healing and nurturing people with various health problems. It could also help the differently abled navigate their way through across the roads via voice assistants.
5. Parking Space Using Proximity Sensors
Finding a paid parking space for your vehicle is really difficult during an event. The IoT weave helps connect the smart cars to the internet and track their locations on the map. A smart system will then guide them to the nearest available parking space instantly without them having to go around the block several times in search for it.
6. Unified Smart Car System
The IoT network helps in the development of an interconnected system of vehicles that will keep track of the vehicle positions and traffic on the road. The unified smart car system will allow the vehicles providing emergency services like police car and ambulance to guide their way through heavy traffic quickly. The smart cars with cruise control functionality will help in maintaining the optimum distance between the vehicles using the proximity sensor as well as tracking technologies.
7. Autopilot Vehicle Operation
One of the most futuristic applications of tracking technology through IoT is the use of autopilot mechanism in vehicles. Companies like Tesla have already brought these future ready cars on the road. Other major computing companies like Google and Amazon are already working on developing self-driving cars.
The autopilot vehicles will help in reducing traffic congestion thereby allowing faster transport in personal vehicles.
8. Taxi Services
The tracking technology has been the backbone of the taxi services. Companies like OLA and Uber revolutionized the taxi industry by collaborating with millions of taxi drivers across the world and are among the biggest taxi service providing companies on the planet. The tracking technologies help these companies keep track of the services provided by the taxi drivers thereby ensuring that they do not dupe the customers by taking the longer route.
These taxi services also allow the users to call for a taxi at their respective location without making any payments beforehand.
9. Use in Spy Technology
The tracking devices are getting smaller and smarter each day. The use of this technology with the IoT web of equipment allows the users to integrate a tracking device in day to day important items such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc.
The technology is not only the means of locating lost devices but can help you keep track of your children when they go to a park.
10. Emergency Services
The lesser rate of traffic congestion as well as interconnected vehicles makes room for better transport of emergency services. The vehicles with emergency status can be given priority through a traffic congested road. This will ensure that the emergency vehicles are timely diverted through the roads with lesser traffic to help them reach on time and provide the necessary service.
The use of IoT multiplies with the inclusion of every new device into the loop. A smarter technology along with inter-connectivity via cloud-based networks would allow the devices to share information amongst them and take actions automatically without the requirement of human interference. Such an execution would require some involvement of artificial intelligence and to the mark execution of IoT technology. Though, the list of use of the technology will keep on increasing with the passing of time, which will have even the minute aspects read and responded by Internet of Things along with the support from other technologies.