Best IoT Applications to Use

As the Internet of Things begins to advance to become a part of our daily lives, let’s delve into its true definition before we reach the best IoT applications. The Internet of Things refers to the billions of smart devices around the world now connected with the Internet, all collecting and sharing data. Wireless networks made this possible with its evolving technology that has a long-history ranging from the supercomputer to the ubiquity created today. The ability that smart devices have to  connect seamlessly with a single attribute, is what makes this concept so fascinating as one feature determines the connectivity and possibility of a worldwide network. By maintaining this interconnected feeling, our devices become smarter by the day that need little to no human labor to interact in real-time. Join us as we continue creating this new dimension where smart technology is the building foundation of a smarter and more responsive tomorrow, merging both the digital and physical worlds. With such technology becoming more accessible to the public, it is in no time that it will be compacted into software that will allow us to increase our ability to connect with anything.

Internet of Things Applications

The Internet of Things has the potential to be applied to any industry, from the use of smart beacons to improving productivity and efficiency in the workplace. The sky’s the limit with this technology only making it so much more powerful to truly provide a more interconnected world. Below are some of the best IOT apps, that have risen in popularity:

Smart Retail

As of 2014, according to Beaconstac, beacons were already disrupting the retail experience with 75% of US retailers having integrated beacon technology into their marketing strategies, with a 9% increase in profits and a 175% ROI. Although the initial purpose of beacon use in retail was to attract more consumers into their stores, what they realized was the way such technology could be used to enhance the overall consumer experience rather than just through simple ads here and there. When it was first released it proved to be an extreme success as according to 2014 research from digital advertising company InMarket revealed that shoppers who received beacon messages were 19 times more likely to interact with an advertised product than those who did not receive a beacon message.

As beacons transcended their use, retailers began to consider using beacons to engage with customers by sending relevant in-store discounts and offer shopper assistance to better cater to customer needs based on the analytics collected. Although beacons have been mainly used for advertising, retailers have incorporated contactless payments which increased efficiency. However, it did not stop there as retailers looked to extend post-purchase actions that would serve as a way to bring the consumer back with loyalty programs and retargeting consumers by redirecting them online. All of which would enhance the connection between you and your consumer to provide a personalized experience. 

Public Entities & Events

The imagination for the use of the Internet of Things has only extended the possibilities for beacon use. From libraries, museums to stadiums and conferences, beacons have made their statement to not only enhance experiences but also capture all leads that may have been missed through operational deficiencies. Levi’s Stadium used beacons in Santa Clara where 1000 beacons were positioned which resulted in offering a seamless experience to its visitors by making navigation and ordering food quickly and conveniently. The beacon use led to an increase of $1.2 million in revenue, according to a recent study, through their mobile app.They have also been used at museums for easy navigation through the museum by receiving live-information about the exhibitions as well as guidance through the facility.The American Museum of Natural history invested in beacons to provide an interactive digital experience for its visitors.They launched their beacon-enabled mobile software ‘Explore’ and installed 700 beacons all around the museum to deliver personalized content like directions, customized recommendations, and even augmented reality experiences that would make the journey to another level. 

Smart Watches

The first smartwatch came to be in the late ’90s, however, they did not become popular until the late 2000’s when big tech companies like Samsung, Sony, Apple released their first smartwatch. Soon they gained traction as its functionalities derived from providing instant notifications even when away from your smart device. They are wrist-wearable tech and serve as smaller windows into our digital lives. Smartwatches are synced to your mobile device through its independent app which later connects through Bluetooth technology. Most smartwatches have GPS and heart rate sensors to offer similar fitness-tracking abilities. Depending on the model, it can operate without having your phone within near proximity as many have their own data plans. Besides that, it becomes a smaller version of your mobile device as you are able to answer texts, take pictures, and even offer the versatility of multiple apps. 

Operations & Supply Management

Besides the Internet of Things offering benefits to people on a daily basis, it also helps productivity based on in-house company production levels. This technology has the potential to help companies and businesses to improve overall operational efficiency that can not only save time but also money. Thus, adding a strong added value to every organization. With the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution around the corner, traditional processes are about to elevate to ultimate efficiency. With the ability to monitor, operate and control operations without manually having to be there, will revolutionize the industry. It will require less human labor which increases reliability while providing real-time analytics that allows for management to alter decision-making at a quicker rate rather than running the risk of losing money. When you give smart capabilities to industry processors and machines, they can self-diagnose, optimize and reduce downtime which speeds the cycle. Giving this major update to industrialization would reduce money, energy and time in the long term, issues that are already faced on the daily for operations.

Top IoT Apps

Based on the trends this year, it seems as though mobile advancement is moving forward to offer home automation, social uses, and health. As such mobile apps rise in popularity, as a consumer you must be aware of the latest technology to take your daily experiences to the next level.

Home Automation

Wave goodbye to the era of having to manually operate every electronic device for every task. With your smartphones today, you have the ability to operate multiple devices all from your handheld smart device. From connecting to your TV, changing the color of your lights, listening to speakers, camera security systems, Air Conditioning and much more home appliances that you never thought you would be able to connect to. Soon practically every device will be connected until the idea of a smart home becomes more accessible. As the ability to connect with smart devices increases, it is only a matter of time until we see the improved efficiency as the normal amount of time spent per task will now decrease. For example, voice assistants like Alexa and Google Home can provide answers to your questions, set reminders, answer texts, and even order pizza. All without needing to pick up your phone or turn on your computer. 

Social

From mobile software made to detect your lost pet to software designed to network like our very own Blue Social App, the possibilities are endless. Our new proprietary IoT software that derives from the term ambient networking. Most likely this is your first time hearing about “ambient” social networking. The technologies today that are referred to as “ambient” use GPS to enhance the connective experience. Here at Blue, we have built The Blue Network where individuals socialize with other users who are in proximity to their physical space. We want you to introduce yourself to the world around you and take advantage of the endless opportunities that are presented to you each day. At Blue, we refer to our proprietary technology as Auto-Networking ™ which uses Bluetooth Low-energy to connect to Blue Smart Devices and Beacon Technology.

Our smart technology is designed to enhance the advancement of the Internet of Things while helping individuals and organizations combine their physical and digital social worlds. Our mobile software uses both Auto-Networking™ Technology and Bluetooth Low-Energy instead of GPS when compared with ambient networking. It won’t drain your battery, which is critical for any service you want to leave on all day. Our Proprietary technology is designed to help preserve authentic social interactions in real-time by enhancing networking capabilities in real-life. Our software has multiple applications for both businesses, community groups, and individuals.

Health

Wearable tech has seen a recent spike in advancements for updates on smart wearables to help further with in-depth medical assistance for improved health results. Apple smartwatches have recently released its new watch series with new electrocardiogram sensors that would have the ability to detect irregular heart rates along with identifying atrial fibrillation (Afib) a serious medical condition, and a leading cause of stroke.

With this device, if you happen to experience one of these scary incidents, the watch will immediately contact emergency services or contacts for help. There are even blood sugar monitors, blood pressure monitors, sweat trackers that advise you when to hydrate, a headset for depression, and even skin track UV patches that inform you when you are exposed to UV rays. Healthcare has made significant strides to provide such options, especially in times like these, as technology can at times be a bit more accessible through smart devices than healthcare. Smart wearables have led to less reliance on healthcare professionals while also reducing strain on the healthcare system and professionals which only serves to prove its promising future in this sector.

Besides that IoT has grown undoubtedly in the field of healthcare with an expected compound annual growth rate at 26.2% and will reach $72,000 million by 2021 according to Frost and Sullivan. Devices such as sensors, portable devices, medical equipment, and much more to provide real-time analytics as well as rapid response to emergencies. Given the accessibility and knowledge of the internet, such mobile applications have a high adoption curve due to the convenience they offer. All from mobile software and virtual assistants that can monitor a patient’s health at home, wearables mentioned before that provide real-time information for better diagnostics, smart cars that monitor vital signs of patients in transit, and much more to transform the medical world.

How to Use an IoT App

Using an Internet of Things app can seem intimidating at times given the concept still seeming strange to some, however, its foundation derives from the simplicity of internet connectivity making it super easy as downloading the software, providing you with all that is needed.

Let’s go over how the software behind our Blue Social platform works! It is as easy as downloading the software and setting up your Blue profile to share through our proprietary Auto-Networking™ technology. That simple. When using the Blue Social app you can create your virtual identity and personalize your Blue Social profile by choosing the information you want to share. Most importantly, you are able to add all your social networks which at this point in time have become your main point of contact regardless of whether you have a business or not, as everyone has a personal brand connected to their virtual identity. Our software allows you to link up to 13+ social networking platforms including international networks and your phone number to easily stay connected with new friends. It is integrated with the Blue Smart Card where you can program your Blue profile to your Blue Smart Card allowing you to update your profile anytime which synchronizes your information to your Blue Smart Card in real-time.

Blue has created a way for you to network without ever having to physically exchange any of your information all with the idea of smart devices connecting to each other at all times. Our Networking Mode feature is as simple as turning it on while you leave your phone in your pocket as you make connections simultaneously just by the simple act of walking around anywhere you go. Our mobile software will automatically introduce your Blue Virtual Identity and present social opportunities with the intent to help people connect with those sharing their physical space. Blue introduces other Blue users up to 150 feet using our Blue Auto-Networking™  technology in combination with Bluetooth Low-Energy to maximize the opportunities that life presents through social interactions. So let’s be social and Let Blue Introduce You ™.