There are always new technological trends that, when they first arrive, seem to make very little sense to those not keeping up. The latest in the long line of those developments is the Internet of Things. It’s a term used to describe the greater links being created between the digital and the physical world. But how does it help in the day-to-day of running a business?
All that delicious data
The first place that data collection really started showing the value it offers business is in things like digital marketing efforts. Tracking the results of your website and campaigns allowed you greater insight into what worked and why. With the IoT, it’s becoming possible to collect data from all kinds of devices, how they’re used, and how they can be better used in future. One example in retail is using assistant robots that, through the IoT, collect data on consumer habits, as well as their own methods of providing assistance. They learn better pathways, how to answer questions better, and through CRM, what recommendations are more likely to work for a customer.
Where’s your stuff?
It’s the Internet of Things, emphasis on the things. So, the applications that this new technology can play in inventory management and tracking should be obvious. Remote scanners and similar tech already allow you to keep a more precise eye on what you have, where it is, and where it’s supposed to go. With IoT, that process automates itself, so your employees no longer have to spend their time tagging to keep you up to date.
Controlling all at once
The ability to connect different machines and devices also allows you to control their operations more efficiently from a single control point or a series of control points your staff is assigned to. By implementing 61850 source code, you can connect any Human Machine Interface devices that interact with equipment in a manufacturing capacity, for interest. With the IoT, it’s becoming possible that you can operate all these HMIs from a remote location, perhaps even from a cell phone. The IoT is already finding a home in a lot of manufacturing businesses as a way to further automate them or remove the steps involved in certain processes, allowing for much greater efficiency.
Connecting the home
IoT developers are also looking at a new industry of making use of old devices for new purposes in the home. Many of these devices are used for increasing home security. For instance, you can use it to remotely control security devices like motion sensors and surveillance cameras in the home. Developers looking into the potential of IoT might want to start with the trend of smart homes pushing further and further to the forefront of consumers’ minds.
The Internet of Things can be used in many more ways than just those mentioned above. It can provide real feedback you can use to change the operations of any device on the fly. It can keep remote workers further connected to their home base. It’s a field still being explored, so prepare to see many more new applications of it.