List of Top IoT Applications

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Here is the world’s largest list of 75 IoT applications. List covers IoT applications from all domains like Smart City, Transportation, Medical, Energy, Agriculture, Banking, Airline, Safety, Security, Forestry, Grid, Pharma, Insurance, Environment, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Storage, Sports, Hospitals, Automobiles, Media, Entertainment  etc. But still If we missed any IoT application use case, then please feel to add details in comment section. We will update article with your information.

1. IoT Application for Energy and Water Use:

Energy and water supply consumption monitoring to obtain advice on how to save cost and resources.  The IoT has already started to make a clear impact in the energy domain. From sensors to monitor the room temperature to complex applications that control the energy use in an entire building structure, IoT technology in the energy sector is cutting costs and creating more productive, connected buildings.
The IoT in energy terminology is used to define the implementation of the IoT-based technology solutions and associated services into the various applications of oil & gas, and mining sector. The solutions are primarily aimed at achieving the integration of machines and intelligent data analysis to enhance the operational efficiency targets being set by the energy companies.

This type of technology is very much needed, as in the United States alone, 30% of the energy used in an average commercial building is wasted, according to Energy.gov. Internet of Things is also one of the primary drivers behind creating innovative energy grids, which has potential benefits for consumers, cities, and energy companies.
Internet of Things technology can give utility companies much more control over operations. Since its not possible to rebuild power grids, innovative technologies can help improve upon what already exists by upgrading power quality and security. In individual buildings, sensors can cut energy use dramatically by simply monitoring the lighting and temperature when the building is not being used. Fire sensors that alert people to the nearest exit and also count the amount of people exiting at each location can improve safety in buildings as well.

2. Remote Control Appliances :

Switching on and off remotely appliances to avoid accidents and save energy. Deploying a sensor network to collect the sensor data in the surrounding environment and remotely actuate the necessary controls is possible through Internet of Things. Wireless home automation using IOT is an innovative application of internet of things developed to control home appliances remotely over the cloud. Home automation or domotics is building automation for a home, called a smart home or smart house. A home automation system will control lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. It may also include home security such as access control and alarm systems. When connected with the Internet, home devices are an important constituent of the Internet of Things.

3. Quality of Shipment Conditions:

Monitoring of vibrations, strokes, container openings or cold chain maintenance for insurance purposes. Few years back, various companies were investing in tracking and monitoring devices that were put in the cargo/container on a per shipment basis. Today there are many providers of such devices at a relatively low cost. Some solutions only log data and are not able to report real time and others offer far more. The most advanced of these have real time reporting using cellular and/or satellite networks along with sensors to monitor shipment, door opening along with container damage during transit, understand vibration patterns.

4. Intrusion Detection Systems:

Detection of windows and doors openings and violations to prevent intruders. Detecting an intrusion in the crop field and in many cases thwart it too. It is a fencing system which not only detects when rouge animals have entered the field. Burglaries and property crimes have always been a cause for concern. There is nothing more worry some than the feeling of being unsafe in your own home. While the financial loss caused by a burglary could be recovered to a certain extent, getting back your peace of mind may become impossible. According to reports released by the FBI in 2013, approximately 8,632,512 property crimes took place in the United States.

5. Search Item Location using IoT application:

Search of individual items in big surfaces like warehouses or harbours. Most companies that have their valuable assets distributed over a large geographical area have to contend with a host of problems that affect their productivity, operational efficiencies, staffing, costs, and ultimately their bottom-line, among other things. These issues could manifest in the form of poor health of their assets, theft, pilferage, damage due to natural calamities, misplace, underperformance, safety, productivity, counterfeiting, leakage, excessive pollution and carbon emissions to outright loss of perishable goods, and the list goes on and on. In the past, there haven’t been cost-effective ways to monitor these assets to be able to take timely and corrective action or act on deep insights for better outcomes. IoT based item/material tracking solutions are need of time now.

6. Art and Goods Preservation using IoT application:

Monitoring of conditions inside museums and art warehouses.

7. Storage Incompatibility Detection :

Warning emission on containers storing inflammable goods closed to others containing explosive material.

8. Fall Detection:

Assistance for elderly or disabled people living independent.

9. Medical Fridges :

Control of conditions inside freezers storing vaccines, medicines and organic elements.

10. Sportsmen Care :

Vital signs monitoring in high performance centers and fields.

11. Patients Surveillance :

Monitoring of conditions of patients inside hospitals and in old people’s home. The enhanced iot patient health monitoring system allows to monitor patient health remotely over internet using sensors along with microcontroller circuit.

12. Ultraviolet Radiation monitoring:

Measurement of UV sun rays to warn people not to be exposed in certain hours.

13. Green Houses :

Control micro-climate conditions to maximize the production of fruits and vegetables and its quality.

14. IoT for Golf Courses :

Selective irrigation in dry zones to reduce the water resources required in the green.

15. Smart Parking using IoT:

Monitoring of parking spaces availability in the city. A vehicle parking system that helps drivers find a vacant spot. Using sensors in each parking space that detect the presence or absence of a vehicle, signs direct incoming drivers to available locations.

16. Fleet Tracking :

Control of routes followed for delicate goods like medical drugs, jewels or dangerous merchandises.

17. Smart Buildings :

Monitoring of vibrations and material conditions in buildings, bridges and historical monuments. A smart building is any structure that uses automated processes to automatically control the building’s operations including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security and other systems.

18. Smart Product Management:

Control of rotation of products in shelves and warehouses to automate restocking processes.

19. Noise Urban Maps:

Sound monitoring in bar areas and centric zones in real time.

20. Traffic Congestion monitoring:

Monitoring of vehicles and pedestrian levels to optimize driving and walking routes.

21. Smart Street Lighting :

Intelligent and weather adaptive lighting in street lights.

22. Waste Management :

Detection of rubbish levels in containers to optimize the trash collection routes.

23. Smart Roads :

Intelligent Highways with warning messages and diversions according to climate conditions and unexpected events like accidents or traffic jams.

24. Industrial internet :

The industrial internet is also one of the special Internet of Things applications. While many market researches such as Gartner or Cisco see the industrial internet as the IoT concept with the highest overall potential, its popularity currently doesn’t reach the masses like smart home or wearables do. The industrial internet however has a lot going for it.

25. Connected Car :

The connected car is coming up slowly. Owing to the fact that the development cycles in the automotive industry typically take 2-4 years, we haven’t seen much buzz around the connected car yet. But it seems we are getting there. Most large auto makers as well as some brave startups are working on connected car solutions. And if the BMWs and Fords of this world don’t present the next generation internet connected car soon, other well-known giants will: Google, Microsoft, and Apple have all announced connected car platforms.

26. Connected Health using IoT:

Connected health remains the sleeping giant of the Internet of Things applications. The concept of a connected health care system and smart medical devices bears enormous potential , not just for companies also for the well-being of people in general. Yet, Connected Health has not reached the masses yet.

27. Indoor Location Tracking System:

Asset indoor location by using active (ZigBee) and passive tags (RFID/NFC).

28. IoT in Business Services :

A facility services company uses their multi-device IoT software to enable support personnel to receive alerts about service issues and take immediate action. By aggregating data from thousands of sensors in devices like coffee machines, soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers and mouse traps rather than doing manual checks, the application has significantly cut costs and improved service levels.

29. Smart retail using IoT:

The potential of IoT in the retail sector is enormous. IoT provides an opportunity to retailers to connect with the customers to enhance the in-store experience. Smartphones will be the way for retailers to remain connected with their consumers even out of store. Interacting through Smartphones and using Beacon technology can help retailers serve their consumers better. They can also track consumers path through a store and improve store layout and place premium products in high traffic areas.

30. Wine Quality Enhancing :

Monitoring soil moisture and trunk diameter in vineyards to control the amount of sugar in grapes and grapevine health.

31. Smart farming using IoT:

Monitoring environmental factors is the major factor to improve the yield of the efficient crops. In IoT based smart farming, a system is built for monitoring the crop field with the help of sensors (light, humidity, temperature, soil moisture, etc.) and automating the irrigation system.

32. Forest Fire Detection:

Monitoring of combustion gases and preemptive fire conditions to define alert zones.

33. Smart Transportation using IoT:

Smart transportation systems will automate our roadways, railways, and airways.

34. IoT in Poultry Farming:

IOT is an innovative technology for poultry farming which can be changes a traditional farm into modern automated poultry farm. Various environmental parameters have been continuously monitored to improve health and growth of the chicken.

35. Vehicle Auto-diagnosis :

Information collection from CanBus to send real time alarms to emergencies or provide advice to drivers.

36. IoT for Connected Airline :

An equipment tracking app provides an airline’s engineers with a live view of the locations of each piece of maintenance equipment. By increasing the efficiency of engineers, this IoT application is not only generating significant cost savings and process improvements, but also impacting the customer experience in the end through more reliable, on-time flights.

37. IoT in Pharmaceutical :

A medication temperature monitoring app uses sensors to detect if the medication’s temperature has gone outside of the acceptable range and ensures medical supplies still meet quality standards upon delivery. The handling temperatures are medications, vaccines for examples, is critical to their effectiveness. IoT based smart applications can be used to not monitor that medications are kept within the proper handling temperature range, but also to remind patients when it is time to take their medication.

38. Meteorological Station Network :

Study of weather conditions in fields to forecast ice formation, rain, drought, snow or wind changes.

39. IoT in Insurance:

An insurance company offers policyholders discounts for wearing Internet-connected Fitbit wristbands. The fitness tracking service is part of the insurer’s Vitality program aimed at integrating wellness benefits with life insurance. Through this IoT application, this insurer is creating smart life insurance products and rewarding customers for their positive actions.

40. Compost:

Control of humidity and temperature levels in alfalfa, hay, straw, etc. to prevent fungus and other microbial contaminants.

41. Hydroponics :

Control the exact conditions of plants grown in water to get the highest efficiency crops.

42. IoT in Media & Entertainment:

An entertainment design and production firm uses sensors in turnstiles of venues to understand the foot traffic of people at events. Their IoT application visualizes the attendee traffic patterns in real time to help sponsors understand the best places to advertise, and to ensure the attendee count stays within the fire code compliance of the venue.

43. Offspring Care :

Control of growing conditions of the offspring in animal farms to ensure its survival and health.

44. Air Pollution monitor and control using IoT:

Control of CO2 emissions of factories, pollution emitted by cars and toxic gases generated in farms.

45. Snow Level Monitoring:

Snow level measurement to know in real time the quality of ski tracks and allow security corps avalanche prevention.

46. Landslide and Avalanche Prevention:

Monitoring of soil moisture, vibrations and earth density to detect dangerous patterns in land conditions.

47. Earthquake Early Detection using IoT:

Distributed control in specific places of tremors. Earthquakes come without warning, making them one of the most feared natural disaster. Startups like Zizmos are working on early-warning systems using IoT (Internet of Things) sensors. Earthquake detection is provided by interconnecting multiple seismic sensors to a central server.

48. Potable water monitoring using IoT:

Monitor the quality of tap water in cities.

49. Chemical leakage detection in rivers:

Detect leakages and wastes of factories in rivers.

50. Swimming pool remote measurement:

Control remotely the swimming pool conditions.

51. Pollution levels in the sea:

Control realtime leakages and wastes in the sea.

52. Water Leakages detection using IoT:

Detection of liquid presence outside tanks and pressure variations along pipes.

53. River Floods monitoring using IoT:

Monitoring of water level variations in rivers, dams and reservoirs.

54. Smart Grid:

Energy consumption monitoring and management.

55. Tank level:

Monitoring of water, oil and gas levels in storage tanks and cisterns. IOT based liquid Level Monitoring system is an innovative system which will inform the users about the level of liquid and will prevent it from overflowing. Thus this system helps to prevent the wastage of liquid by informing about the liquid levels of the containers.

56. Photo voltaic Installations:

Monitoring and optimization of performance in solar energy plants.

57. Water Flow:

Measurement of water pressure in water transportation systems.

58. Silos Stock Calculation:

Measurement of emptiness level and weight of the goods.

59. Perimeter Access Control:

Access control to restricted areas and detection of people in non-authorized areas.

60. Liquid Presence detection using IoT:

Liquid detection in data centers, warehouses and sensitive building grounds to prevent break downs and corrosion.

61. Radiation Levels:

Distributed measurement of radiation levels in nuclear power stations surroundings to generate leakage alerts.

62. Explosive and Hazardous Gases:

Detection of gas levels and leakages in industrial environments, surroundings of chemical factories and inside mines.

63. Supply Chain Control:

Monitoring of storage conditions along the supply chain and product tracking for traceability purposes.

64. NFC Payment:

Payment processing based in location or activity duration for public transport, gyms, theme parks, etc.

65. Intelligent Shopping Applications:

Getting advices in the point of sale according to customer habits, preferences, presence of allergic components for them or expiring dates.

66. M2M Applications :

Machine auto-diagnosis and assets control.

67. Toxic Gas Levels:

Study of ventilation and air quality in farms and detection of harmful gases from excrements.

68. Indoor Air Quality :

Monitoring of toxic gas and oxygen levels inside chemical plants to ensure workers and goods safety. Air Pollution Monitoring System in which we will monitor the Air Quality over a web server using internet.

69. Temperature Monitoring using IoT:

Control of temperature inside industrial and medical fridges with sensitive merchandise.

70. Ozone Presence:

Monitoring of ozone levels during the drying meat process in food factories.

71. Animal Tracking using IoT:

Location and identification of animals grazing in open pastures or location in big stables.

72. Track deliveries and materials around your manufacturing facility:

Vehicle/Container drivers have little to no incentive to ensure your goods are delivered precisely where you’ve instructed, which often leads to lost or misplaced shipments. If you use real time location tracking system(RTLS), you will know precisely where material handling equipment s  have been placed.

73. IoT based Pest Control:

A handful of companies are using connected IoT technology to keep track of pest populations. There are solutions which uses sensors and machine vision technology to track pest populations in orchards, vineyards, and other agricultural settings. And then there IoT based systems,that makes connected bait stations, traps, and cages that inform the user when they have caught an animal.

74. Growing Better Grapes for Better Vino:

Winemakers in the Mosel Valley in southwest Germany are using an IoT system called TracoVino, developed by MyOmega, according to Ericsson, which provided the device connection platform used in the Telenor Connexion infrastructure supporting TracoVino. Sensors across the vineyard upload data on such metrics as soil humidity, air humidity, sunshine, and intensity of sunshine, temperature and rainfall to the cloud. At the 700-year-old Reinhold Haart Estate in Piesport, Germany, TracoVino enables the vineyard workers to do the “right work at the right time,” and avoid bad decisions during harvest that could affect the quality of Reinhold Haart’s Riesling, winemaker and part owner Johannes Haart told Ericsson. TracoVino has also enabled Reinhold Haart to improve sustainability by better limiting the use of pesticides.

75. Saving the Bees using IoT:

Internet of Things technology could help beekeepers better combat honeybee colony collapse disorder, in which honeybee stocks have died off at rapid rates. Andreas Nickel, a Germany-based SAP development project manager and recreational beekeeper, built a beehive scale that sends an alert to his cellphone or computer when a major change in hive weight takes place.The alert helps Nickel know if, say, a hive has tipped over, food has run low, or the bees are having trouble gathering pollen from the surrounding area. Researchers are interested in connected sensor systems that track everything from hive temperature and humidity to the effects of noise and light.

If you think we have missed to add any IoT application in this list then please feel free to comment IoT application’s detail, we will include it in our list.

MeenaG Staff

Internet of Things Enthusiast

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