What is the Consumer Internet of Things (CIoT)?

The Internet of Things has changed our lives already a lot, often we just don’t know it yet as most IoT applications happen in the Industrial Internet of Things. But also in the consumer space things are going fast and will even go faster when new smart wearables hit the market. But this doesn’t mean that the Consumer Internet of Things is not here yet, on the contrary! 

The Consumer Internet of Things (CIoT), the Internet of Things for consumers, it is already very present in the areas of consumer wearables, smart home applications, transportation/automotive (connected car, self-parking, etc.) and smart metering but there are more CIoT applications as you can read below.

General Consumer IoT evolutions

Below you can see some of the more popular Consumer IoT categories according to research, conducted end 2016 by the IAB.

In other research, which we also covered, IDC stated early 2017 that Consumer IoT will become the third biggest industry in terms of IoT spending globally by 2020. In Western-Europe, however it will be second. Smart home is the leading IoT use case. Looking at consumer devices, smart eyewear and the next generation of smart wearables are expected to be significant growers. And of course anything related to entertainment will also be important as the IAB research shows.

Connected IoT consumer device buying interest as per December 2016
Connected IoT consumer device buying interest as per December 2016

The end of distance: remote appliances and the CIoT

All remote control appliances used to have very limited range. We had to be physically present within maximum range limits to operate the devices using the remote controls.

Today distance is not a constraint. You will be increasingly able to switch on or operate any linked device from any part of the world.

We are not talking about merely programmable timer attached gadgets but of the possibility to operate any gadget of your choice in real time as if you were physically present locally. Besides giving you complete flexibility of operation it also aids in added safety, avoiding accidents by switching off certain equipment remotely in case of accidents. It has also proven to be very useful in saving energy.

10 most popular Internet of Things applications according to IoT Online Store
10 most popular Internet of Things applications according to IoT Online Store

The Consumer Internet of Things in practice: 4 use cases

Home security

Comprehensive home security is a major area where the consumer Internet of Things has contributed greatly.

Intrusions and unauthorized entries can now be monitored and prevented before things got out of hand. Home security is just one aspect of the smart home where we see connected devices mainly being popular in household appliances.

In 2016, 11% of consumers wanted to buy connected home surveillance cameras according to Accenture – PDF opens
In 2016, 11% of consumers wanted to buy connected home surveillance cameras according to Accenture – PDF opens

Healthcare and IOT

Personal healthcare is another major area where the benefits of Consumer Internet of Things are reaped extensively.

Blood pressure and heart rate bands, etc., which are powered by IoT connect us directly to the healthcare system getting timely assistance when something is not right. Monitoring of the vital signs of sportsmen during training using personal wearables helps is also becoming very common in the field of sports. Other areas of use in the healthcare industry include patients surveillance, care of the elderly and the disabled, fall detection and so on.

IoT and healthcare applications in an infographic by IoT Online Store – source
IoT and healthcare applications in an infographic by IoT Online Store – source

Wearable technology

Wearables are sometimes used for personal healthcare but they are also becoming popular beyond just fitness trackers or smart watches.

In 2016, 13% of consumers intended to purchase an IoT fitness monitor (Accenture)

Wearables are about to change how we live but also how we work. Wearables are, for instance, also being used to protect workers in factories and this means they are also used in the Industrial Internet of Things. But most wearables are consumer electronics. The market is waiting for next generation smart wearables which are less dependent from the smartphone.

Wearable technology in an infographic by IoT Online Store – source
Wearable technology in an infographic by IoT Online Store – source

Personal asset tracking

From smart phone tracking to GPS pet tracking and tracking any asset you want to, is also popular in CIoT.

Pet tracking is becoming increasingly popular to give pet owners complete peace of mind. They can monitor the movement of their pets. Asset tracking solutions enable this and allow to track anything at all, also over longer distances where IoT coverage is present for low power wide area networks (LPWAN).

Use cases, technologies and products to track about anything using the IoT in an infographic by IoT Online Store – source
Use cases, technologies and products to track about anything using the IoT in an infographic by IoT Online Store – source

Every day new IoT applications are launched and each one of them try to make our increasingly simpler.  

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