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What do a 674-year-old bridge, a Formula One racing team and a mine in Western Australia all have in common? They’re all connected by being, well, connected. 

Those were just a handful of fascinating Internet of Things (IoT) case studies from this year’s IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona (which the TUVA team helped organise. See our case study on the full results here). 

From smart cities to autonomous mining vehicles, real customer insights showed just how transformative IoT is proving to be across almost every conceivable industry. Here are our top takeaways from the three-day event.

 

IoT Can Save Our Past

 

After parts of the embankment of the River Arno in Florence collapsed three years ago, there have been worries about a similar collapse affecting the beautiful, centuries old Ponte Vecchio bridge. To counter this threat, scientists from the local university installed a system of sensors to monitor the World Heritage Site. These sensors, provided by IoT Solutions World Congress attendees Worldsensing, track both the stability of the bridge and the banks of the river to ensure there is no risk of sudden collapse. Powered by a powerful time-series database provided by InfluxData, the sensors can be monitored in real time and allow Florence City Council to respond immediately in cases of imminent danger to the bridge or its users. Similar solutions could be used to protect those historical sites most at risk from damage across the world.

 

Our Climate Needs Connectivity

 

One of the greatest advantages of IoT is energy efficiency. It is estimated that digital transformation will help to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent within ten years. This comes primarily from two drivers: First, by connecting otherwise high emissions, carbon heavy industries to identify and action areas of possible decarbonisation. And second, by enabling Smart Cities and efficient urban mobility. One of the standout stats for us was that worldwide, sensors on streets could allow for 750,000 million litres of gasoline to be saved in ten years, simply by optimising the routes of logistics companies and better planned public transport networks.

 

The Future of Healthcare is Digitalised

 

Presently, our ability to access the world’s best surgeons is dependent on our ability to physically be in the same place as they are. If we fall ill and require an operation in one country, our choice of surgeon is limited to doctors who physically work in that location. Thanks to IoT though, that doesn’t have to be the case anymore. By connecting devices using IoT, doctors in different countries can be seamlessly connected and smart devices operated by expert surgeons hundreds of miles away in real time. IoT will transform healthcare and could in the future enable the best surgeons to operate on patients anywhere in the world without having to leave their own hospital.

So much about our world is set to be transformed by the Internet of Things. Smart and connected devices can improve business sustainability, widen access to crucial services and make our cities more liveable. We can’t wait to be back in Barcelona for next year’s congress with the team! 

For more information on how to be involved in the 2020 event visit here.

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