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"Internet of Things", Don't these words sound new to you? No wonder, as this technology has made great strides in recent years and is gaining ground in our lives. In every moment of our day there can be a trace of it.

So what does IoT mean? The term "Internet of Things" indicates a set of technologies that allow you to connect any type of device to the Internet: whether it be a traffic light, a refrigerator, an alarm clock or a vertical garden (but we'll talk about this at the end of the article).

But where does the "internet of things" apply? From utilities to healthcare, from production to public administration, there are now many sectors and work areas affected by the technological innovation of the IoT.

- IoT as an anti-energy waste: let's talk, for example, at energy saving with office and warehouse lights that switch off automatically when everyone leaves the room. We are therefore talking about smart buildings (intelligent buildings), i.e. buildings and offices equipped with intelligent objects that interact with the internal environment. This system it can also be used in our homes, making our domestic spaces home automation, avoiding waste of electricity and reducing bill costs.

- IoT in healthcare: for years there has been talk of the desired Digital Transformation of Health, in Italy but also in all other countries. But now the Covid-19 pandemic has placed even more attention on the subject. Thus was born IoMT, or Internet of Medical Things, in which medical and health services are (also) carried out thanks to an ecosystem of interconnected devices. A system still to be improved and expanded, but the start of this design bodes well. Already in China there was an anticipation of the first spread of the virus: robots, about a hundred, and IoT devices - carried out all the activities, health and not, inside the structure. Temperature control thanks to thermometers connected via 5G, cleaning and disinfection of the area. To all patients, health professionals had provided smart bracelets and rings to monitor vital signs such as temperature, heart rate, and blood oxygen levels; Wi-Fi and Bluetooth ensured the transmission of the collected data to the AI platform of CloudMinds, the manufacturer of robotic systems, for monitoring and analysis.

- IoT in logistics: the instruments IoT allow the connection between suppliers, logistics services and end customers to automate the process, cut waiting times and keep everyone constantly updated on the status of the process in progress. Warehouses can be enriched with connected sensors to monitor the comings and goings of goods, and the company fleet can be connected to optimize load distribution and collect historical data to improve future shipments.

- IoT as a vertical garden: is called ElIot and soon it will be able to enter your homes. He is the trusted friend who analyzes the environment for you and recommends the most suitable plants, monitors their well-being and gives you personalized advice on their care.
GardenStuff has thought of those who, despite the small spaces and the hectic routine of big cities, do not want to miss the beauty and benefits of plants. Just connect ElIot to the app on your mobile, the notifications do the rest: advice for the care of your plants based on their needs in real time!

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