The devices we use are increasing at a rapid rate and the way we utilize them in our homes and everyday life is becoming smarter. We know that our devices are now being connected by the Internet of Things (IoT), but the link between the modernization of our infrastructure and IoT is still a subject which many seem to not know much about.
Developing nations are looking to modernize and assimilate IoT within their infrastructures to bring about an increase in the benefits of maintenance, safety, efficiency and even create more employment opportunities. Here are just some of the benefits we are currently seeing with IoT in infrastructure:
Smart Power Grids:
Cities across the globe are working with IoT in connecting power grids, which will allow cities to manage and adjust to power outages. Consistency of power is important in the functioning of a city and therefore, connectivity to the grid will ensure this. Power companies will also have better understanding to why power outages are happening and which areas to make improvements. IoT also gives better understanding to power providers in how customers are behaving with power, which allows room for personalization.
Water infrastructure can dramatically change via the use of IoT and connectivity. Smart water will allow us to begin reducing water loss, which is a big problem world-wide. Additionally, smart water will allow us to pick up efficient data and analyze water distribution effectively. We can also collect data about how consumers are behaving with water. This will lead to water companies having more insight into how customers are using their water supply, allowing the ability to cut prices and focus on where and when we need water most.
Smart roads are currently being trialled, set to be the next big move in the infrastructure world. Electrifying roads via IoT can allow electric cars to be charged while driving. Furthermore, we might see a decrease in cars breaking down and road accidents, as smart roads can pick up wears and tears. Additional benefits will include the ability to collect road usage data and further implement road safety measures. If roads become smarter, they will also allow cars to communicate with them, giving out information on traffic and road closures, decreasing unnecessary population.