IoT is changing various aspects of our lives. It’s transforming the way we commute, the way we work, how we interact with our homes, the way we communicate with loved ones and even the way we think about food.
It’s hard to comprehend the full magnitude of IoT and how it can push us into a new era of ease and accessibility, but it’s happening in ways we don’t even notice yet.
Programmers and developers are, and will continue to be, behind this new revolution in technological integration. However, if they want it to work successfully, there’s a lot they need to start doing now.
IoT is still very young and fickle. And even with all of the kinks it has now, we won’t find ways to resolve them until we start using IoT to solve urgent, real-world problems, which begs the question: How can developers and programmers harness the power of IoT to solve these problems? The answer isn’t simple and can’t be given overnight.
A lot of global challenges can be solved using IoT
With IoT integration, the world can become a more quantifiable and measurable place, allowing people from all walks of life to make better decisions and become more engaged citizens. Here are just a few of the issues society faces today and how programmers and developers can use IoT to solve those problems:
IoT can allow people and organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and respond quickly to climate fluctuations. According to recent data, researchers found that IoT integration could reduce emissions by more than 63 gigatons, or 15% of emissions across all industries by 2030.
We’ve already seen how green buildings can benefit from IoT to reduce emissions with developer-designed programs that utilize carbon capture technologies. While these tools are still evolving, there are plenty of programmers and developers laying the groundwork for further innovations.
IoT can also be used to capture climate data, which can give both businesses and governments a better understanding of how climate change is impacting the areas they dwell in, allowing them to make better decisions in real time.
Americans are living longer these days. According to a recent report, the adult population that’s 65 and older is expected to double between 2018 and 2060. 2060 can seem like lightyears away, but if current trends continue, America could run low on resources to aid aging adults. That’s where programmers and software developers can step in and provide unique assistance.
IoT integration is necessary to meet the demands of aging adults. Integrated sensors and innovative home technologies can provide monitoring, security and even incentives for seniors to maintain an active lifestyle, all from the comfort of home. Innovating technologies like these can provide both assistance and accountability for aging adults, even when loved ones or nursing staff aren’t nearby.
Before IoT became accessible to the majority of consumers, the only way people could connect with health care professionals outside of a doctor’s office was via text or a phone call. Now, with telehealth and even devices like smart watches, patients can access their providers and health data anytime, anywhere. And with the tracking capabilities of apps, health care professionals can better track and record patient data, track their progress and monitor their outcomes better than ever before.
Some people think current practices have peaked health care advancements. But that’s not the case.
Programmers and software developers are already starting to think about the future regarding integrated health care technology. Right now, patients can do some check-ups and appointments from home. But certain appointments like physicals, shots and surgical procedures require the patient to be physically present in an office. However, some programmers and developers are designing and creating technologies that health care providers can use to conduct these practices miles away, like smart surgeons.
Software professionals are already changing how food is produced, grown, stored and distributed, like meat and produce.
Over the years, people across the globe are demanding fairer and more humane treatment of animals. But before, many in the agricultural industry didn’t have the technology available to monitor the health and well-being of livestock. Programmers and software developers are already finding ways to give animals a voice, providing software that can give farmers a better idea of what their animals are thinking, feeling and needing. These technologies can help them know when an animal is hungry, whether it needs more sunlight or if it has fallen ill.
On the other hand, it can help us better understand how we consume produce, allowing us to improve our habits. According to a National Geographic report, at least one-third of the world’s food is either lost or wasted. When produce expires, many sellers end up throwing it in the garbage where it can wind up in a landfill. But with IoT, consumers and sellers can gain a better understanding of how long the product has been on the shelf, when it will expire and how stores can reduce their produce waste.
Programmers and developers looking to integrate their cities and communities can use Boston as an example. Boston has gained a reputation as a smart city for the way it’s used technological integration to connect its citizens to making the city a great place to live. That’s because the city is utilizing programmers and developers to create smart streets, automated traffic law enforcement and parking availability trackers. Citizens can even report utilities issues, vandalism and potholes using the BOS: 311 app.
Reshaping the world through integration
The new decade brings new possibilities. And while it’s only 2021, we’re already seeing the ways that software developers and programmers are shaping our world.
As our world becomes more integrated, programmers and developers will play a critical role in not only bringing us one step closer to the future, but also in simplifying our future and enhancing our quality of life.