The ‘Decade of IoT’ is off and running
If 2021 was the soft launch of the Decade of the Internet of Things (IoT), 2022 is set to accelerate IoT-related technologies and investments, addressing societal and economic issues.
The rollout of 5G, maturing of artificial intelligence algorithms for streaming IoT data, increased computing power at the edge and cheaper/better sensor technology is the “convergence” that has supercharged IoT adoption. The ongoing effects of the pandemic have also created an urgent shift to digital transformation, especially in healthcare and industrial markets.
After a decade of reacting to the many limitations and constraints that have held back adoption, we can now start proactively implementing IoT and moving toward the future. A few major trends to keep an eye on are below.
A lightspeed shift to healthcare telemetry
Over the past years, as rural hospital closings became routine, many healthcare systems turned to telemedicine to help provide communities with access. But as the pandemic swept the country, telehealth services escalated in a way no one predicted.
With U.S. healthcare spending estimated to reach $6.2 trillion by 2028 and the medical device wearables market expected to grow 26.4% between 2020 and 2027, reaching over $195 billion, there will be a sustained shift in the way healthcare systems provide fundamental services and even how clinical trials are designed and conducted. The demand for remote patient care and monitoring will increase exponentially.
IoT adoption is central to the success of these efforts, allowing for telehealth and medical-grade devices to streamline and deliver precise results for patients and clinical trial participants from anywhere. For example, medical-grade wearables track vitals, including heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, sleep patterns and movement activity. Through machine learning and AI plus IoT-managed services, providers receive critical data wirelessly from devices transmitted in real time, providing insight into a patient’s health.
This independent monitoring ramps up the use of IoT for virtual health services with increased convenience and accuracy; IoT connectivity minimizes physical trips to healthcare providers, reduces costs, expedites necessary information for clinical trials and accelerates time-to-market and adoption of large-scale remote patient monitoring initiatives.
Not just trains, planes and automobiles: ‘Connected everything’ will stoke smart cities
Streamlined operations utilizing a “connected everything” world is the way of the future, and it’s a very real possibility. Low power wide area (LPWA) networks will help bring Massive IoT into reality. LPWA includes Long Term Evolution Machine Type Communications (LTE-M for short) and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) in the cellular world, but then you also have unlicensed cellular LPWA technologies (e.g., LoRa and LoRaWAN) to support this initiative.
The benefits of these networks are right there in the name — they’re designed for devices that help create large-scale deployments of IoT. We’re talking low complexity devices running on low power with a wide coverage area. This allows for devices to be deployed in overpasses, streetlights, underneath pavement and asphalt, in underground pipes and parking garages with steel-reinforced concrete. The signals are powerful and penetrative but don’t drain battery life by pulling large packets of data frequently.
It makes the ability to create large-scale IoT infrastructures (Massive IoT) possible and devices can last their entire lifecycle, which is now up to 10 years and beyond. With the ability to streamline traffic, increase safety and optimize public works, this next generation of IoT-driven smart infrastructure is now more attainable than ever.
“AIoT” is already a reality and, at times, more subtle than you think
IoT combined with artificial intelligence (AIoT) and machine learning will power business solutions by accelerating data processing, complex automation and intelligent decision-making building on where we left off in 2021. Turbocharged by 5G and edge computing, companies will see innovative solutions for exciting new products or greatly improved operations.
So where are we seeing artificial intelligence? It’s everywhere. Beyond the obvious examples of self-driving and robotics, there are more practical and immediate use cases being addressed. Take the case of fleet management. Artificial vision is paired with in-vehicle video monitoring drivers for unsafe behavior — such as distracted driving, cellphone use or drowsiness. The driver is alerted in real time through an advanced driver alert system. This helps support driver safety and can mitigate rising insurance costs.
AI can also help tackle some of the biggest challenges in supply chain and manufacturing. Forecasting has been a bit like walking a tightrope, but AI can transform what has traditionally been informed guesswork into real-time, data-backed decisions.
The opportunities in IoT are boundless, but the speed of technological changes can make it difficult to maintain the necessary knowledgeable base. Partnering with an expert advisor can aid businesses by deploying, managing and scaling IoT solutions for emerging use cases.
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