Technologies like the IoT and artificial intelligence are helping to fight the coronavirus epidemic in ways you might not imagine. Because of this epidemic, millions around the globe are told to follow both hygiene and social distancing, plus avoid touching their face, eyes, etc. As a technology, the IoT helps to do certain tasks without having to touch certain objects, including switches.
Several IoT devices like smart lighting, smart television sets, smart ACs, smart locks could provide much convenience in residential settings. It is possible to control these internet-connected devices through voice assistant applications.
For instance, a video door phone has the capability to let you know who is at the door without you having to physically go there. People at both ends can communicate with each other through applications, and thereby, eliminate much of the physical contact/touching. It could be of use in the case of e-commerce product delivery and food delivery.
It is possible to control home appliances such as fans, air conditioning equipment, and lights without any remote control or touching. You can set a timer for on-off functions of the internet-connected home appliances, and thereby, reduce touching to manually do these tasks.
The IoT could be used for beverage dispensing, the management of smart facilities, and smart access control. Smart dispensaries are controllable through gestures and voice assistants, which can do away with the need for touching common assets like coffee makers and water dispensaries.
Smart access control systems that work through digital tokens allow workers to access certain office locations without touching anything that they would otherwise use daily. Through a centralized, cloud-based dashboard, it is possible to set scenarios, schedules, and rules to control and set the right modes for assets like HVAC systems and lighting.
The coronavirus disease has the most affected hospitality. It is possible to achieve contact-free and seamless check-ins through the IoT, which lessen the amount of waiting time for guests.
The IoT can also bring personalized experience in guest rooms. With it in place, guests will be able to communicate with the reception and room service staff through voice assistant apps put in the rooms. Changing film catalogs or channels through the apps, controlling room curtains through voice commands, setting preferred AC temperature, and controlling lighting can make their experience better and free of physical contact.