If you are in the network connection industry, the Internet of things (IOT) may look simple; It refers to a network composed of interconnected computing devices, machines, objects, animals and people, which can share data with other devices and systems through the network.
Similarly, if you are in the network connectivity industry, you may visualize things such as climate sensors, Bluetooth beacons that track shipments, networked TV and Ott devices, virtual assistants, smart thermostats, unmanned retail kiosks, smart shopping carts, etc.
However, if you are not familiar with this field, the Internet of things and the above definition may seem a little esoteric. Indeed, as seemingly unlimited use cases are applied to every major industry, it is difficult to think about this concept from the beginning.
However, the premise of the Internet of things is some simple questions: what will happen if a can “communicate” with B? It’s kind of like a crossword puzzle. What happens if your car can “communicate” with your home? What happens if the pacemaker can “communicate” with the doctor? What happens if farmers can “communicate” with their crops?
Of course, these problems may seem abstract. However, through environmental sensors, farmers can communicate with their crops in a sense. Because these sensors monitor climate, soil and plant conditions, they can provide real-time feedback to help maximize crop yields.
It can be seen that the meaning of these problems is worth pondering. What happens if a can “communicate” with B? If the family can communicate with the car, how much water and electricity can the family save? If doctors can have real-time insight into the vital signs of high-risk patients, how many lives can they save? It’s incredible!
Think about it. According to some estimates, there may be more than 75 billion IOT devices in the world by 2025. Therefore, the Internet of things is not a fad – it will always exist. The possibilities of technological innovation, economic growth and human prosperity are dazzling.
In view of this, we would like to take a moment to introduce you to the five types of Internet of things.
Five types of Internet of things
1、 Consumer Internet of things (ciot)
Consumer Internet of things (ciot) refers to the use of the Internet of things for consumer applications and devices. Common consumer Internet of things products include smart phones, wearable devices, smart assistants, household appliances, etc.
Typically, consumer IOT solutions use Wi Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee to facilitate connectivity. These technologies provide short-range communication and are suitable for deployment in smaller places, such as homes and offices.
2、 Commercial Internet of things
Although consumers tend to focus on enhancing the personal and home environment, the commercial Internet of things goes further and transfers the benefits of the Internet of things to larger places. Think about: commercial office buildings, supermarkets, shops, hotels, hospitals and entertainment places.
There are many use cases for commercial Internet of things, including monitoring environmental conditions, managing the use of company facilities, and saving water and electricity costs in hotels and other large places. Many commercial IOT solutions are designed to improve customer experience and business conditions.
3、 Industrial Internet of things (iiot)
The industrial Internet of things (iiot) is probably the most dynamic part of the Internet of things industry. It focuses on enhancing existing industrial systems to make them more productive and efficient. Industrial IOT deployments typically occur in large factories and manufacturing plants and are often associated with industries such as healthcare, agriculture, automotive and logistics.
The industrial Internet is probably the most famous example of the industrial Internet of things.
4、 Internet of things infrastructure
Infrastructure IOT mainly focuses on the development of intelligent infrastructure, which integrates IOT technology to improve efficiency, save cost and maintain. This includes the ability to monitor and control the operation of urban and rural infrastructure, such as bridges, railway tracks, onshore and offshore wind farms.
Technically, infrastructure IOT is a subset of industrial IOT. However, because of its importance, it is often regarded as an independent category.
5、 Military Internet of things (iomt)
The last kind of Internet of things is the military Internet of things (iomt), which is usually called battlefield Internet of things, war Internet of things, or iobt for short. Iomt is exactly what it sounds like – using the Internet of things in military and battlefield environments. Its main purpose is to improve situational awareness, strengthen risk assessment and shorten response time.
Common iomt applications include connecting ships, aircraft, tanks, soldiers, UAVs, and even front-line combat bases through interconnected systems. In addition, the data generated by iomt can be used to improve military practices, systems, equipment and strategies.