The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), incorporating big data with machine learning and other technologies, has created a stir around the world. Many nations are taking steps to integrate the technology into their infrastructures. Analysts also believe the IIoT is about to disrupt five major industries. Let’s take an in-depth look at why that’s the case.
Better Patient Outcomes
The IIoT is already making waves in healthcare, and patients and doctors both are seeing the benefits. Better connectivity through cloud-based technologies means that physicians can quickly access data about past treatments patients have received. This allows them to make faster decisions about how to help them in the present.
There have also been significant improvements in patient monitoring methods. This has led to improved disease management and made it easier for patients to comply with doctors’ orders about taking medications. These benefits help physicians provide top-notch care while reducing costs. Over time, advancements in healthcare could make nations healthier, as they spend less money than ever before.
Improve Electricity Management
Researchers are confident the IIoT will change the way we receive electricity. Currently, electrical providers have to make significant adjustments when demand increases, but the IIoT may make “smart grids” common place in the society of the future. A proper smart grid could pick up on tiny fluctuations in demand, then check for areas of low energy usage and make shifts to compensate.
This system would handle changes in demand more efficiently, which would theoretically reduce manpower at power plants. It’s also possible smart grids could be compatible with eco-friendly sources of energy, such as windmills, allowing customers to tap into the grid even if they don’t have conventional energy sources.
Monitoring Herd Health
When cattle farmers find out even one cow is sick, they have to act quickly to avoid more members of the herd falling ill. That often involves getting a vet to come out to the farm, or coaxing the cow into a trailer and taking it to a veterinarian’s facility.
However, an Austrian startup has developed connected sensors that sit inside a cow’s stomach and transmit data about its health over Wi-Fi. Farmers get details about movement, temperature and pH levels. Plus, the developers say the sensors can predict pregnancy with 95 percent accuracy.
This is only one of many examples about how the IIoT is poised to change agriculture in a big way. Farmers spend large amounts of time and money to keep their herds as healthy as possible, but sometimes it’s impossible to monitor each cow closely. This technology makes it feasible, and stores data in the cloud for easy reference. It’s not hard to see how these special sensors could be game changers, especially for farmers with herds numbering in the thousands.
Streamline the Manufacturing Industry
Even several years ago, when only a small percentage of manufacturers had implemented only fragments of IIoT technology, they noticed that overall manufacturing costs went down. This made it easier to prevent equipment failures by using predictive techniques.
In the years ahead, experts believe the IIoT will facilitate a dynamic supply chain that fluidly adjusts to meet demand, much like the intelligent power grid discussed above. Manufacturers will likely develop IIoT applications that coincide with plant operations and boost worker productivity. These applications will fully harness plant assets and reduce operating costs further by recommending tweaks to existing maintenance practices.
Highly Personalized Learning Experiences
There are indicators that the IIoT will soon transform the education sector, letting teachers and administrators cater to students’ individual needs. Already, student health experts gather data from fitness trackers, and science professors receive high-tech warnings when the temperature in a science lab isn’t within the optimal range.
However, as technology progresses, we can expect to see the IIoT make academic life more personalized for every student. If an individual is struggling in class, the relevant professor might get an alert, allowing them to reach out and offer assistance. Also, students may get news about classes of interest, so they feel encouraged to sign up before they reach capacity. These perks could make students feel more confident and less overwhelmed in tough courses.
This is only a brief overview of how five industries are quickly changing operations, methods and ideas about the future. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how the IIoT continues to evolve in the coming months and years.