Internet of Things has always been considered to have huge potential. While a couple of years ago, it looked like a distant milestone, things in consumer technology have quickly changed and evolved, courtesy of growing number of digital users across the world. Also Read - Motorola-branded Smart Refrigerators with Wi-Fi tipped to launch soon in IndiaAlso Read - Motorola to foray into 'Smart Home Appliances' segment in India with Flipkart
In India, the government has launched Digital India initiative as well as Smart Cities projects, which are now laying the foundation for application of the IoTs in India. Interestingly, the Internet of Things has picked up very well in India. Also Read - IFA 2020: Realme launches a 55-inch 4K Smart TV, wireless headphones with ANC, and more
Technology giants are betting big on IoTs in India and looking for applications in multiple sectors. The segment is riding high on the huge investments made by companies such as Qualcomm. Though in its nascent stages, there are several opportunities and challenges ahead for the Internet of Things segment.
IoT in India has a huge potential that could directly impact our lives. smart homes is one concept that can ease home automation. With just an app or gesture, one can control home appliances, turn TV, lights, fans and air conditioner on / off. With smart homes, users can also control doors and gates with improved convenience.
The IoT devices also enable smart lives with the use of wearable devices such as smartwatches and fitness bands. These wearables can track your sleep, heart rate, calories burned and number of steps walked. Users can also get access to guided workouts, thus helping them to get healthier and fitter. IoT devices can also be helpful in making our environment safer. IBM s Green Horizon initiative in China focuses on gauging China s hazardous air pollution. With cognitive IoT, businesses can have data to drive actions. For instance, the enhanced services can easily adapt to user needs and make use the available connected objects.
Of course, there are some challenges in terms of safety, privacy and security concerns. One of the major concerns will be affordability. While some IoT products will come with premium price tag, new innovations could ultimately elevate the manufacturing costs, thus bringing down the costs. While most projects target the urban areas, coverage in rural areas is also equally important to focus on. And lastly, the communication protocol is also equally important. Some IoT devices require Bluetooth connectivity, but for the ones that require cloud, it s important to have faster broadband speeds and congestion free connectivity across India.
The future of Internet of Things looks promising. Both government and public sector are bullish with top players in the industry making investments in IoT start-ups. IoT is also gaining popularity among number of tech savvy customers.