Several research bodies have cited IoT’s growth to soar in the years to come. According to Statista, 75.44 million IoT devices will be installed in governments, commercial enterprises, and homes by 2025. As more businesses are adopting IoT, more consumers are also adopting the technology.
What are the trends that we foresee happening in the Internet of Things in 2022?
Enhanced focus on cybersecurity
Security vulnerabilities plague IoT devices in the market today. Since IoT allows for sending and receiving data on the Internet, this poses significant security threats to users. As IoT connects the virtual space and the physical world, home intrusions are now part of the lack of security present in IoT. While these tools are incredibly helpful in businesses and homes, they also provide prime opportunities for bad actors.
It is up to network operators to stop intruders from doing their business. By employing robust security measures, IoT providers will improve sellability by highlighting the safeguards they have in place. Informing users of such security concerns are paramount. In the same vein, vendors and providers should make public what is being done about these issues.
Greater IoT adoption in the healthcare sector
IoT solutions vastly improved the healthcare industry, especially during the pandemic. IoT has paved the way for telehealth, monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms, and even disinfection.
To prevent the risk of further infection, hospitals have deployed non-surgical robots connected to IoT to disinfect surfaces with a special UV light.
The global market for the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is anticipated to grow to $24.2 billion by 2026. We can expect to see more in the next few years as more healthcare facilities continue to innovate systems and processes.
Better employee safety in IIoT
IoT has been a great help in industrial applications, thanks to its data accuracy and efficient execution. When there are active sensors that send accurate information about the state of a facility or equipment, it becomes easier to evaluate the situation and detect potential risks and hazards.
Here are some use cases of Industrial IoT (IIoT) to further improve safety measures:
- wearables that track workers’ heart rate and blood pressure, to monitor their health conditions
- smart sensors that can detect the exceeded level of heat, radiation, air pollution, or noise
- fire sensors that react to drastic temperature changes and detect fires;
- run predictive maintenance to fix or replace faulty equipment before it may cause further damage or accidents.
IIoT can further improve workplace safety and ensure that teams are safe and predict any possible dangers to the equipment or the work site itself.
Smart cities start popping up
Some US cities are now using IoT to connect utilities, parking meters, and traffic lights. According to Statista, more governments are investing in smart city tech spending, which can potentially reach $158 billion by 2022.
Smart cities aren’t just focused on convenience and comfort. Rather, these cities improve the financial, social, and environmental aspects of urban living. As populations grow, smart cities will become a key ingredient in improving environmental sustainability and quality of life.
There are many possibilities going forward for IoT, and we are just scratching the surface. We can expect to see more innovation in the months to come–and transform the way we work and how we do life as we know it.