IoT Platforms: Adoption, Features and Applications

By Hemant Kolhe

The Internet of Things enables applications in a variety of sectors, from healthcare and industrial to home automation, environmental monitoring, retail and more.

Hemant Kolhe

Hemant Kolhe

The Internet of Things (IoT) has taken the world by storm. The IoT connects devices remotely to offer ease of operations and seamless functioning. IoT platforms bridge the gap between data networks and device sensors.

IoT platforms offer insight into all data utilized in back-end applications and are basically a set of components enabling developers to spread out an application, secure connectivity, remotely collect data and execute sensor management. Such platforms manage the connectivity of devices and enable developers to build new mobile software apps.

This facilitates the accumulation of data from devices and allows for business transformation. IoT platforms connect various components, thus ensuring an uninterrupted communication flow between devices.

The technology helps users better understand the needs of customers, while facilitating the development of products that cater to their needs. The IoT offers enterprises greater intelligence and visibility into operations, thus improving decision-making.

Adopting the IoT Matters: Here's Why

The growth in the usage of Internet of Things devices is altering lifestyles, habits, personal health, industries and environments across various sectors. The IoT allows the capturing of physical data and the application of separate analytics resulting from the collected data. This has made life easier in various fields, such as retail, environmental monitoring, home automation, the industrial sector and healthcare.

Alluring Features of the Internet of Things

IoT technologies combine network, cloud infrastructure, software and hardware. Some of the Internet of Things' most alluring features are as follows:

  • Connection and Communication: This is a basic technology required for IoT, including data transfer, communication and connectivity. There are various communication methods, yet the most ideal method offers security and easy connectivity, and it will vary depending on the purpose.
  • Security Needs: Devices that are connected to the Internet are at a danger of infection. There were cases in the past when IoT devices were exploited for cyber-attacks via viruses. As such, it is vital to use a secure protocol while communicating with a device. For security reasons, uploading data that contains personal information to Internet clouds must be avoided. It is suggested that users possess systems on a terminal device that can analyze and collect just the outcomes in the cloud.
  • Easy-Access Support and Ease of Use: For small businesses, an IoT device is easy to use, yet for uncountable devices, one should carefully consider whether they can be utilized in the same way and whether they are applied safely. Thus, one needs to pick a scalable platform that is easy to manage and does not vary when it comes to quality, even while connecting multiple devices.

The Main Applications of the IoT

Internet of Things platforms enable wide applications, ranging from healthcare and industrial to home automation, environmental monitoring, retail and more.

  • Healthcare: For healthcare, IoT technologies can monitor a patient's blood pressure and heart rate. This generates alerts for notifying physicians and guiding them in making instant decisions. The IoT can also assist in asset management, as well as in tuning or configuring devices from remote locations throughout a hospital.
  • Industrial: An Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution aids in monitoring assets in the industrial sector. This can help users to implement predictive maintenance and thus minimize losses during failures. The technology can trigger an alert should any part of a machine need to be serviced in real time, so that it can be replaced and prevent massive losses.
  • Home Automation: Plenty of IoT devices are currently available that can be used for home automation and security. The Internet of Things is beneficial for the smart monitoring of various appliances, such as smart electric devices, smoke and fire detectors, cameras and door sensors.
  • Environmental Monitoring: With regard to monitoring the environment, IoT devices can collect data in real time from sensors, which aids in forecasting.
  • Retail: Finally, IoT solutions in the retail sector can aid stores in upgrading so that they can offer an enhanced customer experience, while also providing theft prevention and analytics based on sales.

The term "Internet of Things" is a buzzword that is highly trending in the technological field. And it is definitely here to stay.

Hemant Kolhe works as a team lead at Market Research Future, a market consultancy firm. An electronics and telecom engineer by education, he has prior experience at technology firms and in market research. Market Research Future enables customers to unravel the complexity of various industries through its "Cooked Research Report," "Half-Cooked Research Reports," "Raw Research Reports," "Continuous-Feed Research" and "Market Research & Consulting Services."