What industries can use IIoT sensors?
Any industry that uses or maintains equipment can make use of Industrial Internet of things (IIoT) sensors. A few of them include:
- Agriculture and farming
- Restaurants and hospitality
- Home and vehicle
- Fleet management
- Oil and gas
Agricultural settings may use sensors in the following ways:
- Weather stations containing multiple sensors that allow farmers to plan crops and yields
- Smart irrigation and sprinkler systems
- Livestock and crop monitoring
- Equipment monitoring, such as on tractors, balers, and other equipment, to track fuel and functionality, manage maintenance, etc.
Medicine and healthcare can benefit from IoT sensors in several ways:
- Remote health monitoring, also known as telehealth
- Virtual medical hardware monitoring to make sure critical emergency equipment is always ready
- Tracking for inventory, staff, and patients
Restaurants and hospitality
Restaurants and other food services rely on various forms of equipment, meaning there are many uses for IoT sensors:
- Stock management, such as monitoring the amounts of a beverage used
- Kitchen equipment monitoring
- Utilities and energy management
Manufacturing and construction
Manufacturing, construction, and other industries that use heavy equipment have many uses for IoT sensors, including:
- Equipment monitoring and condition-based maintenance
- Automated production and building processes
- Safety and compliance, such as by triggering fail-safes and automatic shutoffs
Home and vehicle
For those who work on homes, serve homeowners, or repair vehicles, IoT can perform a number of functions:
- Home security, with motion sensors and locks connected to remote monitoring stations
- Automated heating and cooling
- Vehicle telematics tracking to track location, fuel usage, speed, etc.
To reduce the costs of managing a fleet, IoT can fulfill these roles:
- Tracking fuel usage and managing refueling stations
- Vehicle health monitoring for maintenance planning
- Driver behavior tracking using various onboard sensors
Oil and gas industry
Oil refineries and similar industries use IoT sensors to manage their equipment.
- Predicting breakdowns on remote, hard-to-access assets in the field
- Detection of leakages and other safety hazards
- Tracking moving equipment such as trucks and other vehicles
Finally, IoT sensors also see use in retail:
- Equipment monitoring, especially for food product storage and management
- Vehicle tracking and route optimization for efficient fulfilling of inventory
- Foot traffic monitoring to improve customer service
Implementing IoT sensors
IoT sensors require some upfront costs, so they’re best used to handle critical processes or equipment.
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