February 9, 2018 | Written by: Caroline B Poser
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What is the Internet of Things (IoT), exactly? What are the “things”?
They could be any internet-connected objects that collect and share data using embedded sensors. For example, many of us are familiar with fitness trackers or smart appliances that are controlled by cell phones.
Business Insider predicts that there will be there will be more than 24 billion IoT devices on Earth by 2020. That’s approximately four devices for every human being on the planet.
Here are some innovative uses of IoT you might not have imagined.
IBM Cloud Functions powers the “Internet of Garbage”
The “Internet of Garbage” doesn’t refer to all the ridiculous and inane things one might find on social media. It’s literally about garbage trucks with sensors.
GreenQ has installed sensors on trucks to gather real-time data to optimize the waste collection process. When a waste bin is picked up, the sensors on the truck measure the amount of garbage inside the container and monitor the time and location of the pickup.
There’s a cloud-based system that collects, analyzes and displays the real-time data and analytics. GreenQ calls it the Internet of Garbage.
GreenQ migrated to the scalable IBM Cloud infrastructure, the heart of which is IBM Cloud Functions, an on-demand, serverless platform.
GreenQ helps its customers do the same job for less cost or use the same budget to provide a better quality of service. It might be a matter of different routing, different scheduling, different waste bin mapping or what trucks are used.
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Free-floating, cloud-based car sharing app car2go takes the keys
For many city dwellers around the world, owning a car is more of a hassle than it’s worth.
First of all, where do you park it? In New York City, for instance, the cost of a parking spot starts at $100 per month on the low end up to $1 million USD for an underground spot in Soho. In fact, the average cost to buy a parking spot is over $100,000 in The Big Apple. With prices like that, who can even afford a car, never mind insurance, maintenance and gas?
With car2go, car ownership isn’t a necessity.
With its new business model, car2go is a new way of renting cars.
When car2go started as a Daimler company internal pilot project in 2008, there was no established car-sharing business model. The car sharing program embodied IoT before it was a buzzword by integrating vehicles, electronics, software and an app on a smartphone to offer getting from point A to point B in a smart and elegant way for customers. Thus was born free-floating car sharing.
Drivers can rent a car directly on the street using a smartphone. There’s no rental office involved. There’s no handling of keys. It’s a completely online business.
Intelligent services for elevators and escalators built with IBM Watson
If elevators and escalators do not work properly, it has a significant impact on the way cities function. People may not get to work in their office buildings. They may even end up with having difficulty getting home.
KONE helps people move in and between buildings as smoothly and safely as possible. Globally, the company services more than 1.1 million elevators and escalators and move more than 1 billion people every day.
That’s why KONE launched “24/7 Connected Services,” which uses the IBM Watson IoT platform to bring intelligent services to elevators and escalators. For example, it helps predict the condition of the elevator or escalator, thereby helping customers manage their equipment over its life cycle.
For people who use elevators and escalators, it means less waiting time, fewer delays, and the potential for new, personalized experiences.
In a first for the industry, KONE is revealing real-time machine conversations between elevators and the IoT cloud. Teams at IBM and KONE worked together to introduce a popular marketing campaign that brings a human touch to intelligent services and demystify a complex topic.
It’s a fun way to demonstrate what 24/7 Connected Services would be like if elevators could talk.
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