Industry has evolved throughout history and the application of the Internet of Things (IoT) has driven the changes we now know as (IIoT). According to Oracle's definition, "The Internet of Things (IoT) describes the network of physical objects ("things") that have sensors, software and other technologies embedded in them in order to connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the Internet". 

This technology allows data-driven information to be obtained, which improves productivity, efficiency and in turn helps to prevent technical failures. The scope of application of IoT is quite broad, ranging from industry, manufacturing, health, energy, agriculture, among others. In each of these sectors, it has been an incentive to continue developing interesting devices that make our lives easier.

Juniper Research's latest study concludes that the global amount of data generated by IoT roaming connections will increase from 86 petabytes in 2022 to 1,100 petabytes by 2027. These figures provide a glimpse of the growth that IoT is experiencing and will continue to experience globally.

The application of IoT in different sectors

This is one of the most widely used technologies in the BISITE Research Group, it is present in many of the projects we develop, some of them are:

SMART FARM: which consists of the implementation of a 4.0 farm model using electronic devices to visualise the level of feed in silos or the level of weight of the animal breeding cages.

The UPPER Project: (aUgmented reality and smart Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for intelligent pRevention of occupational hazards and accessibility); an initiative through which smart personal protective equipment (PPE) has been designed with smart textiles, sensors and actuators to monitor the state of workers and the environment, composing a network of interconnected sensors.

Data Logger: in this project, a Data Logger device has been designed and developed to capture, store and send data related to the field of renewable energy generation facilities. It has been implemented in self-consumption photovoltaic installations.

We also promote training in this field through different courses and the master’s degree in Internet of Things at the University of Salamanca. Students who complete the master's degree will have the capacity to hold different positions in multidisciplinary teams, as it covers everything from the programming of sensors and communication elements to the extraction and interpretation of data through Big Data and visualisation.

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