Smart Solutions Enabled by IoT and VoIP Technologies
Imagine, if a smart system gathers data without any human intervention and uses that data to take certain decisions in various scenarios and situations. For people to track and use such data, the computers or appliances need to be equipped with smart technology and sensors to gather all these information without human intervention.
How we develop this particular smart technology?
This Smart technology is achieved by the synergy of Internet of Things (IoT) with Voice over IP (VoIP) that makes smart way of living possible
VoIP (From Wikipedia): VoIP (voice over IP) is the transmission of voice and multimedia content over Internet Protocol (IP) networks. VoIP is enabled by a group of technologies and methodologies used to deliver voice communications over the internet, enterprise local area networks (LAN) or wide area networks (WAN).
IoT (From Wikipedia): The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to send data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.
IoT and VoIP work on the standard protocol called IP. It makes the integration of VoIP systems into IoT gateway possible. Consequently, it enables users to interact with devices or things both over the telephone and Internet. The user can access the IoT gateway through telephone and mobile networks and can remotely control IoT devices.
Hence here the primary goal is the idea of integration of telephone and mobile networks to extend the connectivity for the IoT devices.
Surely, among the first technology stage where the IoT will transform VoIP fundamentally is in the smart home.
VoIP + IoT = Smart Homes
Smarter VoIP phone offers that can manages home security, smart thermostats, and lighting.
Few of the many ways VOIP with IOT can be useful:
1. Smart thermostat uses weather reports to set building temperatures, and activity tracking can be controlled and optimized by mobile apps and other devices.
2. Equipment peripherals share diagnostic information as or alike before they fail to respond, alerting you to potential obstacles, and even calling for service.
3. IoT equipment (actuators, switches, household appliances and heating systems, for example) accepts voice commands over the phone.
4. You can call in and instruct the geyser to turn it on so that you can take a warm shower as soon as you reach home.
5. SMS enabled service for IOT devices you can send a remote command, and your sprinkler system starts watering the plants.
6. Your car can know to notify you at work to stop by for service on your way past a specific mechanic you use. On accepting the alert, your VoIP phone sends your car the mechanic’s address to preprogram in your GPS and then confirms a calendar event on your mechanic’s calendar.
VoIP most commonly uses Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) as its underlying protocol, and SIP has many other functionalities beyond the packetisation of voice. Using SIP’s presence capabilities, one can enhance a VoIP presence system to include information that comes from sensors, making presence information even more lively and more granular.
SIP also supports video telephony, and IoT imaging devices can be configured to function as SIP endpoints so that a user can view the video feed from that device on a VoIP telephone or mobile phone just by calling its telephone number.
VoIP reduces telecommunications costs and provides benefits to the business that legacy telephone systems cannot. VoIP and the IoT together as a pair offer’s businesses more than just the cost savings and productivity gains.
VoIP is built on the same Internet protocols used by the IoT, so embedding VoIP in IoT solutions isn’t just feasible; it’s “THE” thing. It has a competitive advantage over traditional telephony system of being interconnected to Internet of Things.
With the Internet, now we no longer stuck at individual entities like email, faxes, texting, videos or apps -they are all now interconnected.
With the IoT, value proposition of VoIP broadens so with IoT, VoIP as well should not be looked at as a stand-alone. Now, VoIP can be embedded and merged with other “things,” and that’s the beginning of the rolling upside for VoIP users.