The Basics: Internet of Things (IoT) and why you should care?
You must have heard already about smart phones, smart air conditioners systems, smart buildings, smart refrigerators, smart trucks and smart machinery — but what makes them now smarter?
Let’s start: All these devices are now part of an emerging technology category called Internet of Things or IoT. As the name implies, all these devices can be now connected to the internet and even speak between them with communication software. The Result? Integrated systems comprised of independent devices which can be monitored and information can be gathered, shared, analyzed and act or react to that information by changing their behavior or their environment, remotely.
Let us use a simple example: Refrigerators Trucks, where each truck is equipped with smart sensors and the software that allows it to communicate with all the other trucks, central office, receiving warehouse and even the repairing shop. In order to optimize fuel and refrigeration capacities, each truck can automatically adjusts its thermostats settings and cooling behavior based on data it receives and processes from the system, such as outside environmental factors like weather, traffic, distance, truck speed, and so on. Such environmental factors may result not only directly from outside factors, but also from a particular behavior of the truck. If a thermostat on board is broken, a sensor can make an adjustment and alert the repair shop. It can also alert ahead of time to the receiving warehouse if the produce inside the truck have suffered any significant temperature change, which can affect or damage the lot being delivered. It can even alert nearby trucks and ask for assistance in case of emergency.
But, what the Internet of Things?
Zebra Technologies, worldwide leader of Enterprise Asset Intelligence, explain the Internet of Things as “The interconnection of internet-aware devices, systems and services. As enterprises look to data for actionable insight into their operations and processes, the IoT comes to the forefront—contributing to the stream of data that organizations will store and mine. This will provide enterprises with deep visibility into their organization through the cloud—anytime, anywhere. Gaining real-time asset intelligence across your enterprise is changing the limits of what you can know about your business.”
Without going too technical here, there is an underlying technology composed of various wireless radios that allow these devices to connect to each other through the internet. These include familiar standards like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and more complex like RFID and others. Then, there are the “things” themselves, that are connected with intelligent sensors, like hardware, equipment, equipment, appliances, even your house, your car, and so on. And at last, but not least, a Cloud Services which allows you to collect, process and analyze all the data, from which decision are going to be taken.
Why should you care about IoT?
On a survey, conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Zebra Technologies, it showed that over 80 percent of surveyed firms believe that IoT solutions will be the most strategic technology initiative for their organization in a decade. These firms look to IoT solutions as a way to address a variety of strategic, operational, and business challenges.
- Nearly 65 percent of firms surveyed have deployed or are in the process of implementing IoT solutions. There is also strong IoT deployment momentum across the globe, with over 70 percent of Asia Pacific firms having an IoT solution in place, or being in the process of implementing an IoT solution.
- Nearly 90 percent of Latin American industries and companies are ready to make changes required to adopt IoT solutions compared to 80 percent of industries, companies and teams globally. Additionally, 60 percent of respondents already have IoT implementations and 20 percent are planning to deploy them within a year.
- Of these firms surveyed, 83 percent identify Wi-Fi infrastructure and real-time location tracking technologies as important or very important building blocks of IoT solutions. Sensor technologies to monitor assets and the surrounding environment were also pointed to as important or very important technology elements by over 80 percent of global firms.
- Nearly half of the surveyed firms identified improved customer experience as one of the top five benefits of deploying IoT solutions. Supply chain optimization, visibility, loss prevention and cost efficiency also were identified as top five benefits by between 44 percent and 46 percent of firms.
The bottom-line: With the Internet of Things you improve your customers experience, while optimize your supply chain. Plain and simple.
What about compatibility?
Several companies and groups are already working on an open standard that would allow inter-operability among the various products and platforms.
One of this emerging platforms is Zatar, from Zebra Technologies. Zatar is a enterprise IoT platform that provides a standards-based approach to connectivity and control of devices along with open APIs to create apps, on-board devices and enable collaboration. It brings devices to life with avatars and provides a platform where physical and digital worlds collide to Sense, Analyze and Act on information collected.
With almost 30 years of innovations, MultiSystems have been helping customers to find the correct solution for their data collection challenges with the newest, most reliable technology. We provide all the programming and implementation, configuration, documentation and training to ensure the success of your application.
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