In the end, mankind will have to deal with the social problems that are increasingly closely related to us. At the same time, Internet of things applications are helping to reduce counterfeiting, solve crime and save lives. Here are seven innovative Internet of things applications, covering a variety of human experiences from work to entertainment.
1. Batman like technology can help police fight crime
Shotspotter uses advanced sensors, algorithms and artificial intelligence systems to solve the problem of gun violence across the country. By analyzing the audio signal and pulse characteristics of potential gunshots, the application can determine the location of the sounds received by the sensor and whether they are gunshots. The application then sends an alert notification to law enforcement and emergency response personnel.
The Internet of things application is producing results in many cities. In Oakland, California, shotspotter claims that daily shootings decreased by 29% from 2012 to 2017. In Sacramento, this technology has apparently detected 1905 shootings, resulting in 142 arrests. Shootings in Rochester, New York, are said to have decreased by 40%.
2. Reassure pregnant women
Although great progress has been made in medicine in recent years, many doctors still lack understanding of pregnancy information. Premature birth remains the number one killer of children under the age of five, and the number of stillbirths is ten times that of sudden infant death syndrome. Medical staff and pregnant women need more information to prevent these complications.
This is where bloomlife comes in. The company's intelligent pregnancy tracker and uterine contraction monitoring application can enable medical staff to better understand the signs and symptoms related to pregnancy complications.
The IOT application automatically tracks and records the frequency, duration and mode of uterine contraction. This information is transmitted to users and their doctors in real time, providing a possible way to reduce prenatal examination - and it is possible to capture some pregnancy complications before danger occurs.
3. Curbing opioid abuse
According to the U.S. Department of health and human services, 11.4 million people abused opioids in 2016. As a result, 42000 people died of opioid overdoses that year.
Intelligent medicine bottle helps to solve the problem of opioid addiction. Pilleve bottles can track patient behavior to ensure that prescriptions are taken correctly. When patients feel pain, they can get their pills through the pill app, which can verify their identity. Data on when pills are distributed is transmitted to medical professionals for monitoring.
4. Prevent counterfeiting
Counterfeit goods have become a major problem. The global counterfeit goods market is worth more than 450 billion US dollars. In Europe, the clothing, footwear and accessories industry loses about $27.7 billion a year due to counterfeit goods.
"Authenticornot" is a new Internet of things application, which helps to solve this problem. This technology uses microchips in clothing to verify its authenticity. In order to verify the authenticity of clothing, consumers only need to aim their smartphone at the clothing. These microchips also help retailers track inventory. If goods are stolen, companies can disable these microchips to help prevent them from being sold on the black market.
5. Simplify robot maintenance
According to the report of the International Federation of robots, the number of industrial robots deployed worldwide this year will reach 2.6 million. ABB Robot is one of the world's leading suppliers of industrial robots. The company has installed more than 400000 robots around the world. Now they are trying to ensure that these robots live longer than humans.
ABB connected sensors can monitor the maintenance needs of the robot so that the robot can tell its owner when to pay attention. These sensors can be installed on the motor of any industrial equipment, and the data they collect can help enterprises optimize performance and predict maintenance needs.
This IOT innovation can also help enterprises reduce unplanned downtime, improve employee safety and productivity, and reduce emissions and environmental impact.
6. Remote intimate interaction
Globally, 14 million couples are in long-distance relationships. However, nearly half of these relationships end up breaking up. According to a recent survey by interactive toy company kiirroo, this is because long-distance relationships usually lack physical intimacy.
Intimate toy companies like kiiroo are helping couples overcome distance barriers through innovative products. For example, lovense offers a series of his and her Bluetooth toys. When used by long-distance partners, these toys can simulate physical intimate contact behavior in real time and synchronously.
7. Make pedestrians safer
According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, 5987 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in the United States in 2016. For decades, pedestrian crossings have been used to ensure pedestrian safety, but more than 100000 pedestrians are still injured every year.
Starlingcrossing intelligent sidewalk can distinguish pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles, and determine the accurate position, track and speed of each road user to judge their next action route. For example, if a child suddenly runs to the middle of the road, a red arrow will be lit on the road to determine its route, and a bright warning signal will be issued on the road to remind drivers and cyclists.
Flexible monetization of the Internet of things
These applications represent only some products in the Internet of things market. According to the latest report of internationaldata Corporation, the scale of the Internet of things market is expected to reach US $1.2 trillion in 2022. Another report by telecom company Ericsson predicts that about 18 billion IOT devices will be put into use worldwide by 2022.
It is expected that the explosive growth of the Internet of things has great commercial potential. The Internet of things and monetization opportunities based on usage patterns (or consumption patterns) are a growing trend. (source: IOT home network) this method of charging customers according to their usage or mixed mode (such as usage and one-time fee) can accelerate monetization and market access.
The flexibility of Internet of things charging also benefits end users because they can easily obtain it at a lower price.
It is impossible to predict where Internet of things innovation will lead us. Recently, there has been more and more discussion on a new invention called "intelligent dust", which is a system composed of micro electromechanical systems (MEMS), such as sensors, robots or other devices. Smart dust can be used to detect light, temperature, vibration, magnetism or chemicals.
The application of this technology is emerging one after another. In the future, smart dust will be used for health diagnosis, monitoring health status or discovering diseases such as cancer.