Businesses are looking at the "internet of things" as a way to innovate in every sphere, from the small to the large—whether that's a sprinkler that knows when your lawn is getting dry or an agricultural irrigation system that conserves water across vast, drought-ridden areas.
Powered by devices that send and receive data online, which are embedded in everything from baby monitors to robotic machinery, the internet of things is big business. By 2025, Intel projects that the value of IoT technology worldwide will exceed $6 billion, with most of that value concentrated in healthcare and manufacturing. The applications are widespread, however, from utilities to agriculture to retail. Cities are even getting in on the game, with sensors transmitting data in trash cans, street lights and parking lots.
Here's a look at the ways businesses around the country are taking advantage of IoT.
Applications abound for "smart cities"
- Atlanta hopes to become global leader in IoT technology
- Here's what Philadelphia is doing to become a 'smart city'
- Cisco talks IoT's future, goals to hit one billion connected devices by 2020
- Phoenix's new, legacy tech firms pave way for local IoT growth
- Are 'smart cities' better cities? Vegas thinks so
- Tech leaders upbeat about future of IoT industry in Florida
- This PIE Shop will serve up slices of innovation
- Indiana IoT Lab creates environment where startups thrive
- North Texas to be at forefront of the 5G revolution
Consumer applications include smart homes and smart cars
- How 2 Nashville companies turned tech around and thrived
- Why Fi? Sacramento Realtors think ahead with smart homes
- IoT opens doors for innovation
- Washington considers autonomous vehicles on 10th Street SW
Agriculture, healthcare, construction and other industries stand to benefit, too
- IoT makes less work for farmers
- Robots leverage IoT to zap away deadly healthcare problem
- Construction industry turns to wearables for safety and efficiency
- Denver tech firms aim to turn IoT into energy, financial windfall
What are the legal ramifications?