One of my acquaintances pinged me today asking for suggestions/ideas for his Engineering project themed around IoT. At first, I gave my standard reply:
And at that instance, it hit me to get ideas from use-cases provided by leading IoT Companies such as the Kaa Project (http://www.kaaproject.org/) and many others.
I’ve compiled below a list of IoT Project Ideas for your Engineering Projects or IoT use-case demos and have listed them below with links back to the source. You can use these as a starting point and generate your own use cases or directly implement one of these. I’ll try adding in more use cases from other vendors. Happy Making (instead of ready-made buying :P). Ohh, it’s Engineer’s Day today. Happy that.
The following use-case examples were taken from: http://www.kaaproject.org/iot-use-cases/
For farmers and growers, the Internet of Things has opened up extremely productive ways to cultivate soil and raise livestock with the use of cheap, easy-to-install sensors and an abundance of insightful data they offer. Prospering on this prolific build-up of the Internet of Things in agriculture, smart farming applications are gaining ground with the promise to deliver 24/7 visibility into soil and crop health, machinery in use, storage conditions, animal behavior, and energy consumption level.
- Sensor-based field and resource mapping
- Remote equipment monitoring
- Remote crop monitoring
- Predictive analytics for crops and livestock
- Climate monitoring and forecasting
- Livestock tracking and geo-fencing
- Stats on livestock feeding and produce
- Smart logistics and warehousing
The Internet of Things is breaking fresh ground for car manufacturers by introducing entirely new layers to the traditional concept of a car. This upgrade — the connected, smart car — comes as a revolutionary way for us to drive and stay in touch with the world around at the same time. By offering a fancy-free variety of infotainment services and connected car applications for drivers, the automotive industry has the potential to become an IoT champion among other industries and fuel the IoT cloud services adoption among car owners and walkers alike.
- Connected car systems monitoring
- Smart driving assistance
- Cloud-based infotainment solutions
- Automated emergency management
- Real-time fleet management
- Driver safety systems
- Optimized logistics
- Predictive maintenance
Consumer Electronics and Smart Homes
With a renaissance of the Internet’s glory on the currents of the Internet of Things techno cyclone, we have now entered into an unprecedented era in which consumer products and electronic devices — these so called connected devices — communicate bi-directionally with each other without human interaction. This development has resulted in a myriad of such connected devices becoming available from different manufacturers and, naturally, a need for a middle layer that can elegantly bind them together into, for example, a custom-fitted smart home IoT solution or a smart office IoT ecosystem.
- Device profile management and inventory
- Remote provisioning and firmware distribution –> More of a feature than a Project
- Remote Control
- Configure events for smart interaction –> Feature. Think of use cases
- Monitor and analyze activities of devices / users / groups –> Feature. Think of use cases
- Monitor device performance
- Collect user experience and use data
- Smart house and smart office solutions –> Consumer Device example: Amazon Echo
The Healthcare industry remains among the fastest to adopt the Internet of Things. The reason for this trend is that integrating IoT features into medical devices greatly improves the quality and effectiveness of service, bringing especially high value for the elderly, patients with chronic conditions, and those requiring constant supervision. According to some estimates, spending on the Healthcare IoT solutions will reach a staggering $1 trillion by 2025 and, hopefully, will set the stage for highly personalized, accessible, and on-time Healthcare services for everyone.
- Ability to manage virtually any number of devices
- Automated device-to-analytics data flow
- Remote monitoring of patient’s health statistics
- Hospital asset management –> Using beacons indoors for expensive assets management and billing?
- Remote device configuration and tuning
- Data analytics applications for clinicians and patients
- Predictive device maintenance
The highly anticipated Industry 4.0 revolution is already underway reshaping manufacturing processes and the Industrial Internet of Things is a primary catalyst for this transformation. With the industrial automation solutions empowered by the Internet of Things, manufacturing production facilities and products themselves can be outfitted with computing hardware and connected using standard networking means. This allows separate parts of a production line communicate with each other in near real time and makes the entire manufacturing process much easier to monitor and control.
- Production line remote monitoring
- Unified factory-wide inter-connectivity
- Predictive maintenance –> Seems common across different verticals
- Failure mitigation and safety control
- Gateway apps and edge analytics
- Centralized config data updates
- Workforce tracking
- Cloud-based data storage and analytics
Logistics & Smart Supply Chain Solutions
With its ever-increasing demand for smarter supply chain management solutions, the logistics & transportation industry has been a key force behind the IoT upswing. Also, if compared with many other IoT use cases, “smart” logistics operations show faster ROI and do a remarkable job in terms of reducing core management complexities which are bothering a large number of companies from different lines of business. To grease their squeaky wheels, it is high time to apply the IoT technology and bring the supply chain management to a new, leaner level.
- Real-time fleet management
- Smart labels
- Predictive maintenance
- Storage conditions control
- Cargo integrity monitoring
- IoT Logistics Solutions
- Optimized warehouse workloads
- Inventory tracking & analytics
- End-to-end visibility into delivery process
The rise of the smart city is a defining moment for the Internet of Things evolution as diverse technologies are getting amalgamated into large-scale, multi-layered solutions for the benefit of entire nations.
Smart city solutions specific emphasis on the efficient use of the road infrastructure, public service facilities, and smart buildings. Integrated with Kaa, smart meters, sensors, and device gateways can be used for real-time monitoring of local and city-wide electrical power distribution, consumption of water, gas emissions, traffic load, and other city vitals. Oblivious waste of natural resources could be finally the thing of the past — at the same time, IoT-enabled public transportation, waste disposal, and public safety solutions could set a new standard of comfortable urban living.
- Smart meter networks
- Smart city lighting
- Smart grid automation
- Ecology monitoring solutions
- Energy-saving buildings
- Efficient public services tracking
- Ad-hoc traffic balancing
- Smart public safety systems
Smart Energy, Meters and Lighting
On the journey to the smarter, greener technologies and a sustainable planet, there is but one keystone area that is setting the framework for everything else — and that is smart energy. So far, the mass-scale implementation of smart energy systems has been rather cost-prohibitive and thus at a premium for even the best of modern cities. As a recent cost-relieving breakthrough in this slow-go area, the Internet of Things smart grid solutions have come up with a practical cure to balance out the increasing sophistication of the energy distribution networks and achieve real-time visibility into the consumption process.
- Smart metering solutions
- Fault detection
- Smart lighting
- QoS data collection & analytics
- Smart grid asset monitoring
- Smart appliances
- Remote infrastructure maintenance
- Smart building energy management
Retailers are adopting IoT solutions across a number of applications that are improving store operations, reducing theft, increasing purchases through cross selling, enabling precise inventory management, and most importantly enhancing the consumer’s shopping experience. The IoT is enabling physical retailers to compete more strongly against the online challengers, to regain lost market share and continually attract consumers into the store, thus making it easier for them to buy more while saving money.
- Interactive digital signage screens
- Mobile shopping applications
- Sensor-based items tracking
- Tailored digital marketing
- Optimized inventory management
- Mobile payment solutions
- IoT-enabled beacons
- Customer preferences analytics
Sport and Fitness
Nearly the most prominent effect that the Internet of Things has had on our daily routines is changing the way we exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Activity trackers and fitness applications are becoming our personal coaches, helping us thoroughly with both instruction and motivation. Smart sportswear allows us to transcribe body data into training advice, and all kinds of sports equipment are increasingly capable of measuring our performance and reporting it to our smartphones.
- Fitness trackers to mobile devices integration
- Data integration from different sports gear
- Configurable alerts and notifications for the user
- Near real-time analytics over collected data
- In-cloud data storage for easy sharing
- Support of tiny sportswear sensors
- Sports equipment predictive maintenance
- Remote equipment control for gyms, sports venues, etc.
Wearable technology is a hallmark of the Internet of Things and the most ubiquitous of its implementations to date. The efficiency of data processing achieved by various smart wristwear, hearables, and smart glasses is gradually dispelling inert skepticism among the public and is getting closer to where wearables will bring exceptional value to our lives.
Need I say more?
As the Internet of Things continues to pervade the enterprise and consumer worlds, the Telecommunications industry stands at the crossroads of new revenue streams and new challenges brought by this revolution of connectivity. The fact is that IoT use cases in Telecom are going to flourish anyway – the only question is how large a role in this new business order will go to CSPs. Basically, there are three things that CSPs can do right when embarking onto the IoT initiatives.
The first one is to capitalize on their infrastructures to provide tailored consumer applications, wide-area IoT solutions and managed services. Another opportunity for CSPs is to open up new revenue streams by providing edge computing infrastructure for OTT service providers and application developers. Finally, an incredible opportunity consists in minimizing Telco’s operational cost by applying IoT middleware for software defined networking and network function virtualization.
- Cloud enablement for Telecom services
- Hardware-agnostic IoT infrastructure
- Wide-area IoT solutions
- Edge computing and applications
- Vertical IoT applications
- IoT-powered asset management
- IoT managed services
- In-depth user data collection & analytics