The mystery of the Internet of Things, why not only smart homes?

The mystery of the Internet of Things, why not only smart homes?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere, especially in our homes, from voice assistants and smart light bulbs to thermostats that understand user preferences and habits. But what that hype and hype and the smart refrigerator you’re using doesn’t tell you that IoT will actually pave the way for a hyper-connected world. It’s not just about counting steps and miles with a watch – IoT is a revolution about connectivity. It brings unprecedented convenience and opens up a new era of innovation.

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Today’s smart home consists of voice-activated devices that can be connected to some items and appliances, but this is just the beginning, and the smart home will usher in even greater development. In the near future, everything in your home will be connected to not just execute simple commands, but more importantly provide intuitive solutions that react intelligently without requiring user input .

Freshly brewed coffee — an often-cited feature in smart homes and the Internet of Things — is just the beginning. For example, when a smartphone is connected to a smart oven, it automatically starts the preheating process based on what it knows when the user wakes up. This can be done without involving any form of privacy invasion. The oven will know when the alarm is scheduled to go off, then it will wait for confirmation—either via an app or by detecting when the alarm has been turned off—before preheating. This makes it easy to have a quick reheated, frozen croissant breakfast before work.

At the same time, a smart thermostat automatically adjusts to compensate for the temperature increase brought by the oven, or the lights automatically turn on, but only in the room the person is about to enter. The connected car knows when it’s time to go to work, it automatically opens the garage door and starts the engine. If the car is parked outside in the snow, it will know to start earlier, allowing enough time for the icy windshield to melt and clear before heading off. The infinite possibilities truly demonstrate the power of a truly connected world.

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The Internet of Things will have a big impact on mobility, and this will start long before fully autonomous vehicles hit the road. With smart cities in operation, drivers won’t just get real-time traffic information — they’ll know exactly which roads offer the fastest routes. The traffic light details will be sent directly to the car, which will share these with the driver. Details of the car itself, such as speed and location, are sent back to the traffic lights, allowing the two parties to interact. Then, if traffic flow north-south is light and eastbound traffic is rising, the lights will automatically adjust to compensate for the high-traffic direction, extending the green time for as many drivers as possible.

When cars are able to drive themselves, the functionality enabled by IoT will be taken to a whole new level. Instead of just providing all the information of a smart city to the driver, this information is transmitted directly to the vehicle so that the vehicle can take the most efficient and time-saving route to and from work.

Self-driving cars will allow passengers to do whatever they want on their commute, and those things will continue when they get home. For example, if a movie is being watched, it can be instantly transferred (from a device or car monitor) to the TV in the living room, allowing the viewer to continue watching with just the push of a button.

Smarter way to shop than ever

One of the most exciting parts of IoT is how it will change the retail landscape. Now, one of the things that often happens is that you walk into a store and leave without buying any of the items you wanted. Maybe the item is in the wrong place, or maybe you forgot what to buy. Regardless, this will inevitably lead you to return to the store again.

With IoT, every item can have an RFID (radio frequency identification) tag that tries to connect to your phone as soon as you get close. Many stores are already using these labels for security purposes, or in their warehouses, so why not expand this functionality? Grocery stores might install illuminated LED signs, not just for sales, but to add items to your shopping list. Also, imagine the impact retailers will have when they use big screens to showcase what customers have recently browsed online. Sensors can connect to each shopper’s phone, view their store history, and then adjust the items to Display accordingly. This will bring one of the most successful elements of online shopping to brick-and-mortar retail.

It’s not just about what you’re buying and how you’ll find it in a store – the future of retail is also about how you pay and leave. A new concept known as “going straight out” allows consumers to buy whatever they want without having to wait in line for a cashier — something Amazon Go has been exploring with some success. In fact, in this way, the checkout desk has been completely eliminated. By leveraging a combination of smartphone technology, in-store sensors and artificial intelligence, the “go straight out” approach is significantly ahead of the self-checkout terminals added by most retailers. As a smart store, a retail store can determine which items have been placed in the cart and which have been put back on the shelf. Over time, the technology will only become more mature and open up more opportunities for a smart shopping experience.

Everything is connected

The Internet of Things is mentioned so often that it seems like just another marketing slogan. However, the hype is justified, there are no limits to “everything” in IoT. From your home and office, to our cities and more, we’re getting close to a revolution in connectivity.

As the world’s leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) vendor, Imagination provides industry-leading low-power Wi-Fi and Bluetooth IP for all types of IoT devices. Imagination has introduced the latest generation of Ensigma Wi-Fi IP, the IMG iEW400, supporting the IEEE 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 standard. The iEW400 provides a one-stop turnkey solution including RF and baseband IP, designed for low-power and battery-powered applications such as IoT, wearables, and hearables.

The iEW400 is a ready-to-use solution that integrates RF, Analog Front End (AFE), Baseband Physical Layer (PHY) and MAC layers. It provides analog hardcore and digital synthesizable RTL for maximum flexibility and fastest time-to-market while reducing development costs. In addition, the iEW400 can be paired with Imagination’s Bluetooth Low Energy solutions to achieve a true Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth Low Energy 5.2 combo chip.

For wearable devices, smart home, smart industry and many other IoT markets, iEW400 can meet their needs more efficiently and reliably. Especially in high-density deployment scenarios, solutions like the iEW400 are becoming more and more critical, which can provide longer lifespan, higher reliability and robustness, and enhanced performance for the aforementioned IoT devices.

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