The Internet of Things provides a lot of benefits. Connected devices can improve efficiency and minimise power consumption. Because they have access to usage data, they can automatically switch on when needed and off when not needed – without human interaction. On a larger scale, the IoT contributes to smart cities that use smart devices to minimise congestion, improve public transport availability, and keep their residents informed. It empowers researchers to remotely collect a constant stream of data from their studies.
While smart devices are a convenience for many people, especially on a household level, for some they’re essential for a quality life. Assistive technology like smart speakers can help people with limited mobility to use lights, music, streaming services, and even kettles. Connected medical devices like heart monitors can provide a sense of safety to people living alone.