Chances are, your business runs on technology, but how can IoT or the Internet of Things take it to the next level?
The technical definition of the Internet of Things, or IoT is:
“…the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data.”
That’s a pretty compelling statement, but what exactly does that mean for your business, and how can IoT benefit your business?
Examples of IoT in Business
IoT can enable delivery services with the data they need to make more efficient use of their time. Instead of driving automatic routes every day, businesses can take advantage of GPS, smart devices, and RFID tags to optimize their pickup and delivery routes. That means, that pick-ups, deliveries, and the routes in between can be dynamically updated depending on real-world, real-life conditions like weather, traffic, and warehouse delays.
With IoT enabled devices, unmanned conditions (hazardous conditions or situations where a live-monitoring situation isn’t practical) can be continuously monitored in real-time, preventing accidents, spills, delays, or crisis. Chemical industries and more are taking full advantage of IoT, to make their operations more safe and efficient.
With IoT enabled devices, manufacturers can seamlessly calibrate assembly lines in real-time, or enable tasks once only able to be performed by a person (or vice versa) to be performed to perfecting standards. Some companies are even employing AR/VR (Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality) to improve the safety, efficiency, and innovation of their processes and assembly procedures!
Agriculture has been benefiting from IoT for years now, in very surprising ways. IoT has been used on center pivots (irrigation systems) to optimize their movement, watering duration and cycle, flow, and more in response to changes in terrain, precipitation, temperature, crop type, and manager specifications. The result has been greater yields, less disease, and less downtime due to travel and observation.
The Benefits of IoT
As you can see from just these few examples, IoT can enable your company to run more safely, efficiently, and powerfully by connecting devices, applications, software and hardware together; seamlessly. You may have already experienced the benefits of the Internet of Things in your home (don’t say her name, she can probably hear you!) and many homeowners regularly control the temperature, lights switches, locks, and more via their smartphone (you can even get updates on the amount of milk in the fridge).
So imagine how powerful IoT could be in your office, warehouse, on your job site, or on your assembly line!
How do You Begin Integrating IoT into Your business
Integrating high-tech technology can seem daunting, and if not properly executed the expense won’t be recaptured or capitalized on. So how do you know when you are ready to take your business to the next level with IoT?
IoT isn’t just about throwing money at a bunch of fancy gadgets; it’s taking an in-depth, holistic look at your entire operation, including all of its business units, and looking for opportunities. IoT in itself won’t create efficiency or innovation; it is a tool that when implemented properly, purposefully, and strategically can reap big rewards for businesses, taking them to the next level.
Your business is unique, and so are your opportunities. In some areas where others may be seeing inadequacies and inefficiencies, you may be excelling and vice versa. So how will your team know where to start?
By partnering with a company that is experienced with IoT, and working with businesses to find unique solutions to their unique challenges and opportunities. In order to garner the benefits of IoT, it needs to be personalized to your business, your staff, your workflow, your business unit, your company. And it also needs to be powered by a reliable network that will enable the data to flow unimpeded from device to device.
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