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The Internet of Things (IoT)

Posted on February 10, 2020

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Imagine a reality where the devices in your house could talk to you, and could intelligently relay the information you need daily – a reality where your umbrella updated you about bad weather by beeping and telling you to carry it before you head outside.

A reality where you could remotely switch off your heating whenever there is nobody at home.

A reality where your fridge could tell you that it was out of milk; instantly texting you when its internal camera identified that there was none left, or whenever the carton passed its use-by date.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg for what the Internet of Things is capable of.

Google “What is IoT?” and you’ll likely receive a million different answers. The bad news, however, is that most of the answers you’ll run into will be unnecessarily technical and wordy.

Without getting into too much detail, the Internet of Things is the rapidly expanding network of physical objects that feature internet connectivity.

The Internet is a very useful resource. Thanks to the Internet, you can watch any movie, listen to any song, and read any book, all through the power of a tiny smartphone.

The Internet can supply us with many helpful benefits.

We’ve all seen these benefits at work in laptops, smartphones, TVs and tablets. Now, the Internet of Things is pushing for us to apply the use of the Internet on everything else.

IoT in homes:

The first stage of the IoT revolution is on the horizon, and IoT has already made its mark on the heat, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. As stated by research and consultancy firm Delta-ee, as many as 1.5 million homes are using smart thermostats in the UK.

It may only be a scratch on the tip of the iceberg, but smart thermostats are a great example of how IoT can add extra value to age-worn products.

In the olden days, central heating systems exclusively worked on an on/off timer basis. Those days are now long gone. Thanks to technology, you can now control your thermostat from an app on your smartphone, from wherever you are on the globe – granted, you have an Internet connection.

With the help of a smart thermostat, you can conveniently stay on top of your home’s energy efficiency while going about your day to day business.

IoT in the workplace:

Did you know that the average human exhales about 2.3 pounds of CO2 in an average day?

If you think those results alone are bad, picture a work office, clustered with dozens of employees, all sitting in one tight space; that’s a worrying amount of CO2.

The buzzkill news about CO2 is that it can cause a wide variety of health effects. Where should we start? Restlessness, dizziness, convulsions and difficulty breathing are just a few to name.

CO2 will not pose too much of a problem in well-ventilated work environments; it will, however, cause trouble in an unventilated environment, where it can quickly rise to lethal levels.

All is not lost; there are convenient ways for businesses to track and, subsequently, lower CO2 levels in the workplace. Businesses can monitor the levels of CO2 by leveraging the intelligence of CO2 sensors.

Here at Omni, we offer a wide range of CO2 sensors and transmitters that can help you clamp down on rising CO2 levels. When it comes to monitoring CO2 levels, one of our most well-suited product is the Aranet CO2 sensor. The wireless, battery-powered sensor has a built-in, infrared CO2 sensor that measures CO2 with exceptionally high precision.

IoT in the battle against air pollution:

IoT can also help you with the battle against polluted indoor air. A new study by Clean Air Day, the UK’s largest air pollution campaign, revealed that ‘ultrafine particle pollution is on average 3.5 times higher inside the home than outside – and in one case peaked at 560 times higher than outdoors.’

Once upon a time, you would have had to rely on an air purifier that provided you with little intelligence regarding its effectiveness; the Internet of Things has changed the game, and we have taken note of that change.

What does IoT mean for the HVAC Industry?

What role can the Internet of Things play in the HVAC industry?

Here at Omni, we have welcomed the Internet of Things into our business in more ways than one. We understand that the era of IoT will enable previously unconnected devices to share information with HVAC systems.

What this means is that many HVAC systems will gain the power to fine-tune, and make adjustments for themselves, with little or no human input. In short, HVAC systems will learn to think for themselves.

If IoT were to be applied, HVAC systems would not have to rely on human interaction to perform efficiently.

A smart system could, for example, decrease ventilation flow when it senses that there is nobody inside a building; consequently, saving energy.

As the age of IoT draws closer, we have prepared for it with our newly forged partnership with Aranet. With help from Aranet, we strive to revolutionise wireless monitoring, providing a convenient way for you to collect and analyse real-time data of temperature and humidity, from long ranges.

To discover the unique and innovative products we offer, browse our product range here. If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you, feel free to contact us today.

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