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    So what is the Internet of Things? In a nutshell, it’s an ecosystem of computing devices and digital objects that work together to collect and transfer the data – and they’re doing this without involving humans.

    The Internet of everything is now a market worth billions of dollars. Its user base is growing rapidly across industries. According to Statista, the number of installed Internet of Things devices globally will reach 75.44 billion by 2025. This is as much as a fivefold increase within the past decade.

    The Internet of Things technology: key segments to follow

    Benefits of the Internet of Things manifest themselves across industries, but these segments are particularly ripe for its adoption:

    1. Smart cities
    2. Connected cars and public transportation
    3. Smart healthcare
    4. Agriculture
    5. Retail
    6. Manufacturing
    7. Supply chain
    8. Smart grids
    9. Smart homes

    So what exactly is hot and trending in the IoT market today? Here are the top 30 IoT project ideas and applications that stand out this year.

    Top IoT applications to follow

    1. Skybell


    Segment: the Internet of Things smart home

    Skybell enables its users to answer their doors via smartphones. Its feature list is genuinely impressive:

    • live HD video streamed via the Skybell mobile app;
    • motion sensors;
    • full-color night vision;
    • integration with Alarm.com, Kwikset and Honeywell, and more.

    2. MyMDBand


    Segment: the Internet of Things in healthcare applications

    This smart health IoT app tracks vital health data as well as its users’ GPS and location to alert caretakers to any emergencies. What looks like a bracelet is, in fact, a robust device that automatically collects health data and delivers automatic updates on vaccinations, current medications, allergies and more.

    3. Atollogy Yard Operations


    Segment: the Internet of Things industrial applications

    Attology developed an IoT platform architecture tailored for industrial manufacturing. Its solution addresses some key challenges in yard operations:

    • workflow digitization using video cameras and sensors;
    • automatic safety alerts;
    • data processing powered by AI and more.

    4. Deako


    Segment: the Internet of Things home automation

    Deako provides smart light switches to customize lighting needs in any home. Some of its best features include:

    • a mobile app to set up personalized timers, zones and schedules;
    • voice activation via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant;
    • turn off lights at home remotely with your smartphone;
    • sleek and elegant design.

    5. Jasper


    Segment: the Internet of Things in manufacturing

    Jasper provides IoT connectivity platform for industrial manufacturers. Its innovative system encompasses any Internet of Things connected devices, e.g.:

    • low-power devices;
    • connected cars;
    • phones and tablets, etc.

    Jasper platform is also applicable in healthcare, agriculture, smart cities, logistics and more.

    6. June Oven


    Segment: the Internet of Things home appliances

    For those of us who struggle with cooking arrangements, June offers a smart cooking experience – all with the help of a smartphone, of course. Its smart oven uses a camera to help you monitor your meals and even provides you with handy suggestions. You can control everything with your phone, smart watch or any other connected device.

    7. Awair


    Segment: the Internet of Things and smart home

    Awair IoT device platform tracks pollution in the air. Its air monitoring system can identify anything from chemicals to fine dust, together with humidity, temperature and CO2. The app then produces customized air quality recommendations. Awair integrates with Google Home, Nest and Alexa.

    8. Dash


    Segment: connected cars IoT

    Dash is a fleet management IoT application making the most of connected cars technology. Some of its most prominent features include:

    • predictive maintenance;
    • fuel economy tracking;
    • real-time location tracking;
    • check engine light diagnostics;
    • alerts and reporting.

    9. Ray


    Segment: the Internet of Things home devices

    Ray acts like one central remote control for all of your entertainment and TV devices. Its touchscreen interface allows you to easily control your entertainment setup. On top of that, Ray offers personalized recommendations based on your history and preferences. All in all, Ray generated quite a positive buzz and is one of the top Internet of Things companies in 2019.

    10. Samsara


    Segment: industrial Internet platform

    Samsara IoT application automates industrial operations while helping to reduce costs and downtime. Its fleet management features include:

    • machine vision;
    • condition monitoring;
    • cold chain;
    • power monitoring and more.
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    11. Invoxia


    Segment: IoT ideas for home

    You can carry this smart speaker anywhere in your home and leave digital messages for your family. With Invoxia IoT device, you can also control music and home appliances, answer phone calls and request information from the Internet.

    12. CropX


    Segment: the Internet of Things in agriculture

    Smart agriculture is already here and CropX is very much leading the transition to precision farming. Its IoT environment empowers its users with advanced features:

    • crop protection;
    • irrigation management;
    • weather forecasts and satellite data;
    • soil analysis;
    • crop-specific recommendations and more.

    13. Bigbelly


    Segment: the Internet of Things for smart cities

    Bigbelly is a smart recycling and waste system already implemented in 50+ countries. Thanks to its solar-powered waste bin, Bigbelly can reduce waste in a city by a whopping 70% to 80%. Its Internet of Things cloud architecture minimizes costs, delivers real-time updates and beautifies public squares.

    14. Tendril


    Segment: smart grid Internet of Things

    Tendril is a smart grid tech company that designs software and hardware for utility providers. Its solutions include:

    • customer engagement;
    • energy efficiency;
    • demand management.

    Tendril provides real-time updates on power consumption and automatically calculates the costs of using any electric appliance in a house.

    15. Buddy


    Segment: industrial Internet of Things, the Internet of Things and home automation, the Internet of Things and smart cities

    Buddy is an IoT monitoring application for industrial, residential and commercial buildings. It captures all data to one central dashboard to calculate the consumption of water, gas and electricity in a building. Additionally, it provides reports on humidity and temperature.

    16. Cujo


    Segment: the Internet of Things communication

    In this age of cyberthreats, protecting your assets is a challenge not to be taken lightly. Cujo is an AI-powered IoT project that safeguards all of your connected tech against hacking. The project, which is essentially a powerful firewall for your connected devices, won the 2019 Leading Lights Awards.

    17. Click and Grow


    Segment: the Internet of things applications in agriculture

    If you like the idea of having a smart garden indoors, Click and Grow IoT system is a perfect fit. Just pick your favorite plant pods, install the system and your garden will be watered automatically. Click and Grow also offers Smart Soil which is a perfectly balanced environment for plants.

    18. Eight


    Segment: the Internet of things and healthcare

    Eight turns any bed into a smart bed with its sensor layer accessory, the Pod. It adjusts the temperature to your preferred levels and produces daily reports on your sleep patterns. It even connects to Wi-Fi powered devices in your home. Eight has already received a wealth of positive feedback from industry thought leaders.

    19. Optibus


    Segment: IoT in transportation, IoT solutions for smart cities

    Based in Tel Aviv, Optibus calls itself “the future of mass transit”. Indeed, this IoT startup helps make huge mass transit networks more organized. It facilitates route planning and fleet management by employing the Internet of Things and machine learning. Optibus can be used by public and private operators to foster the development of smart cities.

    20. Sonos


    Segment: the Internet of Things home tech

    Sonos builds wireless speakers and home sound systems that would be a true gift for everyone seeking the highest quality of sound. This home IoT project uses Wi-Fi to stream soundtracks which makes the experience easy and frictionless.

    21. Sensus


    Segment: the Internet of Things and smart cities

    Sensus is a smart water system with the potential to enhance smart cities across the world. It provides in-depth analytics on water consumption, its pressure, flow, temperature, etc. The system relies on the Internet of Things sensors to create smart utility networks. Overall, Sensus helps to rationalize water consumption and cut costs as well as outages.

    22. Roost


    Segment: home automation using the Internet of Things

    Roost monitors safety of your home and alerts you to any threatening situations in real time. Its home appliances sensors can detect water leak and freeze, smoke alarm and movement near the garage door. Roost proactively addresses any suspicious situations and notifies home owners well in advance. This is indeed a low-cost solution for peace of mind.

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    23. SmartRetail


    Segment: IoT engineering projects for retail

    SmartRetail collects all sorts of customer-related data to empower retailers with in-depth feedback on customer behavior. This system encompasses Smart Loss Prevention, Smart Store Operations and Smart Marketing. Some of its prominent features include:

    • traffic map;
    • camera recognition;
    • queue manager;
    • store analytics, etc.

    24. Telensa


    Segment: the Internet of Things lighting, IoT city

    Telensa is the UK-based project which aims to transform urban lighting experience. The company uses the Internet of Things sensors to monitor lighting on a mass scale. As a smart city application, it’s already deployed in several cities across the UK, New Zealand and the US. Navigant Research named Telensa one of the three global leaders in smart city lighting.

    25. Enevo


    Segment: the Internet of Things waste management, the Internet of Things utilities

    Enevo aims to facilitate recycling and reduce waste management costs. The company uses the Internet of Things sensors and analytical dashboards to collect data on waste and present it as actionable reports. Enevo can be used by both municipalities and commercial organizations like retailers or restaurants.

    26. Kinsa


    Segment: the Internet of Things in healthcare

    Kinsa rewrote the definition of what a thermometer can do and turned it into a smart device that takes care of your health. This IoT thermometer tracks your health to produce predictive modeling. It also notifies you when to take meds or visit a doctor. Kinsa even creates interactive health maps with granular information on illnesses in various regions.

    27. Clarity


    Segment: smart city technologies and solutions

    Air pollution has grown to become a global issue, particularly in urban areas. Clarity helps tackle this problem with its innovative Internet of Things sensors and machine learning. This air monitoring solution collects a wealth of data on air quality to help cities create healthier communities.

    28. ParkWhiz


    Segment: the Internet of Things vehicles, smart city technologies and solutions

    Parking is yet another daily chore a city dweller encounters routinely. ParkWhiz aims to transform parking experience – and is already doing so in 200+ cities. It allows its users to find suitable parking space, book and pay for it while saving up to 50% of regular costs. Book, pay and park – all via your smartphone.

    29. Smart Shelf


    Segment: the Internet of Things network for retail

    Keeping track of inventory in your store is laborious, but in this day and age, it doesn’t have to be. Smart Shelf IoT application ensures that retailers never run out of stock. It notifies them about items that are about to be sold out as well as their location on the shelves. Retailers can detect theft as well as have a full picture of their stock at any time.

    30. Cisco Kinetic for connected transportation

    Cisco Kinetic

    Segment: IoT public transportation

    Cisco Kinetic is used by aviation, maritime, railways, mass transit system and roadways to boost safety and operational efficiency. This IoT application can suggest alternative routes, alert to any safety issues and instruct people on how to get to their destination points faster. It also produces traffic and security patterns based on collected data.

    Wrapping up

    Smart future is already here, whether for a business or an individual. Hurry up to join this disruptive wave of innovation to put your business on your industry’s frontiers. Hiring a remote team of software engineers can be the best way to do just that and go smart with your business.

    Let our team walk you through all the ways that the Internet of Things can benefit your project. And remember to share any other promising IoT projects in the comments below!

    Tags: applications, automation, cloud, connectivity, devices.

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