If technology be the cornerstone to a progressive future, then IOT be the cement that binds the bricks. IOT, Internet of Things, a concept that is theoretically speaking, astonishingly simple, and practically speaking, an intrinsic integration of almost every tool that technology has offered so far.
In a nutshell, IOT aims to remove away the 'human' element in every action, and introduce the 'computer' element into it. When every physical element becomes the component of an information system. Of course, the question arises, how much more can technology intervene? Well truth be told, you haven't seen the half of it. In this case study, I won't delve into the controversial aspects of IOT. Rather, I would like to suggest the integration of the applications of IOT, an application that will eliminate the 'computer' element in IOT and bring out the 'human' element.
India be a country where the rural component is the backbone. Improving rural life is a challenge taken up by every politician prior to elections, and forgotten right after. Here is a case where the human element is a hindrance to human development.
IOT has multiple applications that can be applied in every aspect of rural life. To illustrate a few :
- Meteorological Station network to study the weather conditions in fields to forecast rain, drought, wind changes, snow etc.
- Compost control of humidity, temperature, microbial contaminants etc
- Green Houses to control micro-climate conditions to maximize the production and quality of fruits and vegetables.
- Hydroponics to control the exact conditions of plants grown in water to get the highest efficiency crops.
- Animal Tracking to aid in the location and identification of cattle, poultry etc in farms.
- Toxic Gas Levels which includes the study of ventilation and air quality in farms and detection of harmful gases from excrements.
- Energy and Water Use monitoring to obtain advice on how to save cost and resources.
- Fall Detection for the assistance of elderly or disabled people living independent.
- Patient surveillance to monitor conditions of patients not admitted in the hospital.
A cohesive integration of these applications will form a system, a network that could promote the overall welfare and development of rural India. I propose not an immediate transformation triggered by philanthropic motives, but a transition catalysed by understanding, to a future where technology and humanity walk arm-in-arm. Where computer and human are elements that combine to form a stable compound and not a volatile mixture.