WHAT IS THE INDUSTRIAL IOT?

To understand what Industrial IoT is, let’s first take a step back and explain  in a nutshell what we mean when we say the “Internet of Things”.

In 1999 Kevin Ashton, a researcher at MIT in Boston, described the Internet of Things as a set of technologies that allows to control, monitor and transfer information by connecting a device to the Internet.

The Industrial Internet of Things, usually abbreviated with IIoT, is therefore a verticalization of the broader concept of IoT, focused on the industrial ecosystem and enabled by technologies such as cybersecurity, cloud and edge computing, big-data analysis, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

IIoT MARKET

According to a report signed by IndustryARC, the Industrial IoT market will reach 124 billion dollars by 2021 and should exceed 771 billion dollars by 2026. The CAGR (compound annual growth rate) in the period forecast 2018-2026, is instead estimated at 24.3%.

The key to this growth lies in the fact that data obtained in real time not only allows better management of the production process, but also better management of all company assets, offering a clear and immediate picture of the company’s performance in all its areas.

IIoT SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE

The ordinary structure of an IIoT system is a modular architecture organized in 4 Levels:

  1. Device Level: is the physical component of the IIoT system: IT hardware, machinery and sensors;
  2. Network Level: it consists of communication protocols, cloud computing and wifi networks that collect data and transfer them to the next level;
  3. Service Level: made up of functional applications and software for analysis as well as the  transformation of data into information that can be displayed on the driver’s dashboard;
  4. Content Level: it is the last layer of the stack and is formed by user interface devices.

ADVANTAGES OF INDUSTRIAL IOT

The wide availability of data collected makes it possible to monitor and maintain (also in a predictive manner) strategic infrastructures, by utilizing AI and machine learning algorithms, we are able to generate estimates, forecasts on possible risks and suggest measures to be taken before failures occur.

For example, in the infrastructure sector, IoT sensors and predictive algorithms could allow the continuous monitoring of:

  • Tunnels: to assess their deformations and convergence;
  • Bridges: to check its inclinations and deflection measures;
  • Buildings: to measure static deformations on buildings and verify their structural integrity;
  • Sewage systems: to evaluate the speed and flow of waves;

The result of industrial IoT projects is the reduction of energy and maintenance costs, as well as the general improvement of business productivity and the employees work quality.

CRITICALITY OF THE IIoT 

  • Cyber ​​security: The existing IT security measures for IoT devices are far lower, and the risks are sometimes underestimated, compared to the existing measures for more traditional computers and devices. The risk of connecting a device to a network  makes it a potential target of a cyber attack.
  • Lack of standardization in communication protocols: industrial communication protocols are the conditio sine qua non for interconnection and data exchange between machine and software. In most companies the hardware is extremely varied in age, manufacturer and technology used. This heterogeneity often requires the use of different communication protocols thus making the interconnection operation complex and expensive.

However, these critical issues must not discourage investments in IIoT projects. The long-term benefits are extremely superior to the short-term efforts in terms of human and economic resources.

IIoT IN GREENVULCANO

Well before the IoT became a research trend, GreenVulcano had already developed its own solution to offer to customers.

Leading  the integration market thanks to an experience of over 10 years, GreenVulcano has recently put Sibyl (its IoT platform) on the market: . Sibyl is a cloud based (but can also be used on premise), plug and play, dedicated to the management, remote control and predictive maintenance solution to monitor complex infrastructure systems.

Find out which could be the right solution for the needs of your company and don’t hesitate to write us for further information.

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2018 was the fourth warmest year ever recorded. As global temperatures continue to rise due to climate change, an increase of 1.5°C is estimated to be the point of no return

According to some forecasts, a 45% reduction of carbon emissions by 2030 is required to avoid this rise in temperature.

  • How the Internet of Things can help us

The use of sensors and new technologies with internet connectivity  has the potential to make both our daily and corporate activities more efficient.

The same technologies can be used directly, to reduce emissions of harmful gases or indirectly, to increase the energy efficiency of business processes and industrial machinery.

It is also assumed that the implementation of smart technologies and predictive software could lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 15% by 2030, when fully operational.

With this in mind we have selected some of the most dynamic economic sectors in the implementation of IoT solutions and that more than others are benefiting in terms of reducing consumption.

  • IoT and Agriculture

The collection and transmission of data through specific sensors makes it possible to reduce the use of water, pesticides and fertilizers.

In Australia, an unprecedented drought that caused panic among farmers was the occasion for the implementation of IoT solutions: wearable electronic sensors have been designed to monitor the heart rate, respiratory rate, basal temperature and blood pressure of the cattle. The installation of meteorological stations for the monitoring of climatic conditions has, instead, helped the farmers to forecast the weather, saving on consumption.

It is estimated that this market will grow by $ 6.4 billion by 2025.

  • IoT and Traffic

The search for parking is one of the leading causes of pollution in major cities across the world. That’s why they are constantly looking for solutions to address the traffic congestion issue, also important to reduce people’s stress.

To solve this long-standing problem, GreenVulcano has studied an integrated mobility solution (see Sparta Project) where the data coming from cars are interpolated with the data of traffic lights and parking lots, allowing to drastically reduce the circulation time, and therefore also the pollution levels.

According to Ken Washington, CTO of Ford Motors, the introduction of driverless vehicles will lead to a further and significant reduction in traffic congestion problems in large cities like New York.

  • IoT and Prevention of illegal deforestation and storage

Illegal and uncontrolled logging is in second place among the causes of climate change (Rainforest Connection report).

IoT devices allow us to detect and report illegal deforestation and deforestation activities. Monitoring takes place using recycled mobile phones already destined for destruction, to create an acoustic monitoring system that detects and recognizes unusual activities, sending immediate warnings to rangers.

  • IoT, Energy & Utilities

One of the sectors traditionally guilty for creating significant amount of carbon dioxide emissions is energy production.

There are many IoT projects designed for energy companies:

  • Creation of reactive energy networks, where energy is supplied according to need, while artificial intelligence algorithms help to predict future consumptions and usage patterns to channel the creation of new, more sustainable electricity.
  • The use of smart meters, among consumers, to encourage consumption towards the time slots where the supply of energy is greater.
  • IoT and Infrastructure

IoT technologies are currently used on a large scale inside all the most-structured manufacturing companies to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their production.

Companies that manage great infrastructures can greatly benefit from machinery and building monitoring systems, to keep energy expenditure, and consequent pollution, under control. 

At the organizational level, processes can be rationalized with the aim, for the most virtuous companies, to make the entire production process 100% sustainable and independent from fossil resources.

The materials used in the construction of buildings is significantly improved, which allows the reduction of energy dispersion, efficient monitoring of the structure and a targeted and immediate maintenance.

  • Our future

The Internet of Things is now within everyone’s reach, regardless of our role in society and our spending power.

To obtain the best results, and a drastic reduction of harmful emissions in the world, it would be desirable to have an overall and long-term strategy.

But even as individuals, citizens or businesses, we can make the difference, exploiting the technological innovations that the market makes available and becoming more aware of the effects of our actions in the surrounding world.

Tell us your technological experiences or contact us for any clarification.

This article is the continuation of the previous blog that you can find at this link and we suggest to read it before going ahead.
Big data in “new marketing” in this case is an artificial intelligence, first of all the automation of marketing processes.

D’Ambrosio emphasizes: “Marketing Automation is growing rapidly, it has been calculated that already 50% of companies use automation and a market expansion is expected in the coming months, but the analysis done also takes into account the simple automation of mailing list, while in my opinion the true concept of Marketing Automation is in the segmentation of customers, and the sending of targeted campaigns based on segmentation”.
The added advantage of Machine Learning in predicting certain results from patterns observed by Big Data offers a way in which repetitive tasks can be reduced and focuses more on the content of the campaign.

Recent advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning have paved the way for marketing automation tools.
On the topic GreenVulcano has clear ideas, stating with D’Ambrosio: The goal that must be asked is predictive personalization. In the sense that before the user needs to purchase a product, the “NEW MARKETING AUTOMATION” must be able to intercept it. This is precisely the innovation that must be pursued in the coming years, and companies that use such tools will be able to acquire customers before others”.

Predictive analysis uses data to predict certain results.

It is mainly used to monitor and signal the development of the strategy and the campaign. The value attributed to potential customers in the lead score based on behavior and other factors is taken into account with the data involved. The data must be large enough so that the Machine Learning is able to distinguish the difference between the underlying model and what is simply noise.

This intuitive tool is an essential element for the human shopping experience. The analyzes are able to segment the data into specific cluster models that identify models related to the customer’s previous purchasing behavior and store this information to predict the possibility of future purchases. All this provides companies with a better opinion on where to direct their funds because the analysis is able to predict high value customers with the highest propensity to buy.

D’Ambrosio explains: “Furthermore, in this artificial intelligence can play a fundamental role, which is to predict the best time to campaign against a specific client, the AI ​​must help manage customers as single entities, and not more like customer clusters, by doing so everyone will have targeted communications and only when I have the need (or am I to have) will I receive the right offer for me, with communications made adhoc for me and not the usual fired communications all the same”.

Live communication on social media is a perfect place to capture relevant data and send personalized messages in real time. Marketers use the data collected to perform content evaluations and automatically adapt messaging.

As Big Data will be increasingly available and integrated into the vast array of technological innovations that connect the world today, marketers need to find ways to better understand what these data are trying to show. The automation of the market no longer works by sending tons of e-mails, or by making constant calls, announcements or the monitoring of multiple websites is not enough to truly understand the consumer.

Having data is not enough without understanding its meaning. Predictive analysis can help us look beyond the data and examine the value found within the underlying model of consumer behavior. Together with Market Automation Predictive Analytics is the driving force of modern market strategies. The human experience will be satisfied, making it a victory for the consumer and in the same way for the companies that will see the business increase. GreenVulcano Technologies, a company dedicated to offering innovative solutions for companies using IOT technology, provides its predictive analytics services to meet its marketing objectives.
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It has been over a decade since Internet of Things was first coined by Kevin Ashton. Since then, it has expanded alongside a growing technological hub spanning a diverse set of industries. In many ways it makes our everyday life more efficient, bridging the gap between physical objects with the collection and sharing of data on the internet.

Internet of Things has paved the way forward for objects to interact with each other without the need of management by people. Decisions are realized in real time, supported by data in the same moment helping to detect any changes happening in the surrounding environment.

The potential of this sector within urban cities is increasingly evident and there are many realities ready to invest in this type of innovation. Debates have run high as to the potential back falls this technological age may bring forward. However,  one thing known for sure is that it is enabling opportunities in areas we would have never imagined.

Its impact has crossover into developing countries, where it has the capacity of changing existing processes and expand efficiency in sectors in need of new solutions to a variety of challenges. By providing a cost-efficient model for enhancing the development in different processing mechanisms through the improvement of various projects in the research, monitoring, and evaluation stages, the higher the chances are for these countries to transform themselves into more sustainable environments.

Developing countries have always faced challenges that come with the distribution of water and the improvement of sanitary conditions. IOT technologies have created a path in which different countries are addressing this problem in innovative ways. Startup company CityTaps began an experiment in Niamey, Niger partnering with the local water utility struggling to afford to maintain, operate, and handle reading the barometers that can drive the costs high and impede restorations.

Their solution was partnering with utilities and setting up a network of IoT systems supported by a  Low Power Wide Area Network that allows the generator to create payments and detect malfunctions in real time. By leveraging data from the sensors, more accurate performances can result. The process works by having the consumer pre-pay for water services at home through a mobile device. The consumer has the facility to pay for any amount at any time and the provider is guaranteed payment for delivery.

In India, Smarter Homes is a startup tackling water consumption with at home monitoring systems. As a response to a 2014  water crisis in Bengaluru following population growth, IBM’s IOT division collaborated with the Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board in forming a command center where they were able to track the water flow and pressure and with the IBM Intelligent Water Software alert officials about any discrepancies in the system.

Healthcare in developing countries is another sector innovating from the Internet of Things. Nexleaf Technology is advancing health conditions by making conditions better for vaccinations using a wireless remote temperature monitoring system called Cold trace. The system works by sending storage temperature and power status to personal through SMS whenever there are changes in the environment. IOT’s role is having sensors in these containers monitor temperature, humidity and light.

It also is  a means for developing emergency response tactics when disasters strike these regions; where poor infrastructures and high population densities play a significant role in how the effects unfold.

Known for its susceptibility to earthquakes, Mexico uses an early warning system called SkyAlert that detects seismic activity 120 seconds before impact in accordance to the distance of the epicenter. Thus providing greater opportunity for people to take shelter before the earthquake hits.

Brazil launched a first of its kind state-of-the-art intelligence center in 2010, as a response to the fatal landslides that took place in the  spring. Motion sensors generate data feeds on traffic, weather, police and medical services in real-time. Once the data is generated, anticipated problems are detect and defenses are set into place. If potential emergencies emerge, citizens are alerted via sms and other media platforms. Those prone to at-risk areas receive a siren call for evacuation instruction.

With a new technological advancement happening in the developed world, and the impact that IOT has had in industries like agriculture and transportation, there are numerous applications where it can be of use in the developing worlds. Who knows? Maybe the Internet of Things is a possible solution to the processes needed for these countries to overcome these challenges.

For more information, please visit the link below to visit the World Economic Forum’s Guidebook to building a more sustainable society using the Internet of Things.

http://www3.weforum.org/docs/IoTGuidelinesforSustainability.pdf


Make an inquiry. How might I take care of a business issue utilizing IoT? The appropriate response is straightforward:

  • deploy IoT sensors all through the building, workforce and the fields,
  • introduce entryways and perusers all through to gather the information from the sensors and drive it up to the cloud
  • run machine learning or AI to find solutions to take care of each business issue.

Presently, rethink the inquiry in an unexpected way. On the off chance that the issues are anything but difficult to distinguish and unravel, for what reason does IoT not by any means illuminate these issues? The truth of the appropriate response is, any business issue that can be settled by IoT looks simple on paper however difficult to actualize.

 

Making the IoT work for the majority is, even more, an information challenge than a gadget availability issue. We initially need to remove the information from gadgets at that point make sense of what everything implies. Up until this point, the market has been centered around getting keen devices on the web. We’ve seen little development to enable us to devour every one of the information that these contraptions and machines gather. Subsequently, numerous IoT solutions experience the ill effects of the last-mile issue.

 

About this topic Marco D’Ambrosio, R & D Manager of GreenVulcano Technology s.r.l. has very clear ideas:

“Before the spread of the computerization culture, what is nowadays created with a simple software program, was realized with physical electronic cards that sometimes managed mechanics. Just think of the industrial production companies that still make extensive use of it. Today everyone talks about IoT but few have traveled the last mile filling the GAP between the immaterial part “software” and the material part “Device”. Although the passage seems short, it actually represents the union of two worlds, that of electronics and mechanics on one side and that of computers on the other.”

 

At the end of the day, these arrangements are gathering information, yet neglect to enable individuals to see and comprehend the information they mine.

 

So we asked Marco what could facilitate the adoption of this process.

“The road map of this procedure is strongly dictated by the funds and the tools put in place by the bodies in charge, in fact we can see that the whole world is pushing towards the industry 4.0, which is nothing but to unite these two worlds that have driven the development of all the major world economies of the last 60 years.

It should be emphasized that the device is an enabling factor and not the ultimate goal of innovation, which instead leads to a deep understanding of those correlations that make a procedure profitable.”

 

And as our IoT data starts to help drive decisions, things go from being mere devices that carry signals to being agents of empowerment that transform organizations.

 

That’s how we close the last-mile gap.

 

We’ve only scratched the surface. As devices light up, things get interesting—if we can decode what the devices have to say.

 

But what is the fundamental characteristic of this new perspective?

“This new approach will generate shared knowledge.

While before such a vision was the prerogative of the experts, who could see the pockets of inefficiency nested in the process, thanks to a factor of “natural data analysis” dictated by experience, the IoT and the deep analysis will make it more democratic and accessible reach excellence.

Who will win this great challenge are the companies that will be able to create open IoT platforms, for the realization of applications aimed at solving real problems, caring about security and data supply chain.

 

Once we see and understand IoT data, we’ll be able to make smarter decisions about our personal well-being, our professional performance, and the world we share.

 

With the rise of low-cost sensors, connectivity everywhere, and our fast-growing volume of data, the Internet of Things is likely to reshape the world as we know it.

The Internet of Things is probably going to reshape the world as we probably are aware of it. As per Gartner, Inc., there will be almost 26 billion associated gadgets by 2020. From wearables to home automation, to assembling streamlining, the potential outcomes are colossal, yet so are the difficulties.

 

“In my opinion, this is a real industrial revolution that will make a natural selection of truly innovative companies and those that instead claim to be but that are actually conservative and will struggle to move forward.”

 

If you do not want to miss the opportunity that this digital transformation brings to, contact us for a free consultation to this email: marketing@greenvulcano.com

 

As soon as possible we will set up a meeting where you can solve your doubts and you will have the necessary tools to face this revolution.

 

The Internet of Things is a rapidly developing field. IoT is a fairly new concept, yet it has already taken over numerous industries. According to the site Vision Critical, global spending on the Internet of things in 2016 was 737 billion dollars, and rapidly increasing each year. This developing field needs workers as current and brilliant as the concept itself, but what is the best path to a job in the field? It’s fairly simple.

Understand

To work in the field one must know the field. In addition, having an understanding of working with the Internet of Things and what opportunities are available allows one to better prepare more specifically.

The Internet of Things can be divided into two categories: Consumer IoT and Industrial IoT.

Consumer IoT is exactly what it sounds like: a network tailoring to the consumer. The network involves everything from Fit Bits to smart refrigerators. It includes home devices and lifestyle gadgets that collect data that is relevant to the specific consumer and serves to benefit their individual life. Industrial IoT is a larger scale of technology. It is the Internet of Things designed for businesses and corporations. It focuses on sensors, machine improvements, and security devices.

So what jobs can one have in either of these areas? The possibilities are plenty. The Internet of Things and all that surrounds it has created job openings for Web developers, Web Designers, Business Development Managers, Embedded Engineers, Mechanical Engineers and more.

Understanding which area you want to work in and what particular job you’d like to fulfill can help with preparing and devolving the skills you need.

Know the Skills

To prepare and develop the skills, you have to know them. Once you’ve picked a direction, it is beneficial to understand the skills needed in order to make yourself more marketable. There are two different sets of skills vital for a career in IoT: Technical skills and Personal skills.

  • Technical skills are exactly what they sound like. They are the hard, concrete skill set which make one even able to be successful in a job in technology. Some technical skills that IoT companies need involve networking, computer programming, and data management. It is also important to be knowledge in embedding systems, good with mobile technologies, and capable of data management. Companies are looking for people with knowledge of electronics and programming, and with at least some basic knowledge of HTML, CSS or JS.
  • Just as important are the personal, or soft skills. These skills are more important for one’s ability to function within a company, and excel in the type of work that this field presents. The Internet of Things needs excellent communicators, specifically in both verbal and written communication. This field is stretching its means and uses widespread, so being a good collaborator who can adequately present ideas is a major plus. Finally, due to the complexity of the concept, being knowledgeable and persistent are very notable skills.

Knowing the ideal skill set of a job is always important, especially for this field. The tech world is intense and fast-paced, and IoT companies are looking for the skills that would allow someone to fit into the pace and excel there.

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Prepare

Experience stands out in this field. Once you have the skill set down and a direction in focus, the next thing one can do in order to pursue success is to gain experience.

The Internet of Things is fairly new, so experience is a valuable commodity. On Quora senior people recommend researching and finding places to go to learn. There are many online training sites available, and places like jB Hubs even held their very own IoT Boot Camp last year. Once the basics have been prepared for, one should work to gain experience in emerging technologies, web development, and mobile development. One should have practice in dealing with large-scale data and the algorithms that are often used to help interpret, in addition to a keen ability to analyze and understand data.

There are many more ways for someone to prepare for a job in IoT. TechBeacon recommends working with side projects in addition to working with the major companies in IoT in order to get a more well-rounded understanding. One can prepare themselves by being “fluent in tech languages”. This means having both knowledge and experience with multiple programming languages and systems in order to make yourself a more well-rounded asset. There are addition experiences besides just pure IoT experience that is alluring to companies. A candidate who has strengthened their skills in basic computer science courses or has learned about hardware in order to gain a new perspective on how IoT devices work is a candidate that stands out.

Keep Developing

What makes the Internet of Things so cutting-edge and successful is that it is both constantly and rapidly changing and developing. With a field this progressive, it needs progressive thinkers behind it. While experienced software engineers are ideal, TechBeacon points out that these engineers need to also be “life-long learners”. It is important to be reading and keeping up with what is current with IoT. An ideal worker would be current on what’s happening in the world of the Internet of Things, while at the same time consciously trying to better themselves and further their knowledge.

Think you have all that it takes to be successful in IoT? Reach out to us at GreenVulcano.

 

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Enthusiasts, experts, companies and developers met last Friday (March 29th) at Luiss Enlabs HQ, the largest startup accelerator in Europe, for the launching event of the roman IoT Xperts Rome community.

“How IoT is Changing the World” was the main title for this first meeting. Organized following the Aperitech recipe studied by Codemotion, it has been a great opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions on topics that revolve around the variegated universe of the Internet of Things.

The goal of the community is to gather experts, passionates, students and companies to one place and to create a network capable to boost relations and cooperation between members to create or improve IoT projects.

How can be world changed using IoT?

Let’s see how answered the three speakers of the IoT Xperts Roma meeting!

Gian Andrea Fanella, marketing manager of GreenVulcano and co-founder of the IoT Xperts Roma community, recalled the event:

“On Friday we’ve launched the basis for a great shared project! I like to think that this community will really become a point of reference for all actors in the IoT field. We are looking for idea’s exchange, for working together on pioneering IoT projects, creating new synergies between developers and all those who want to approach the Internet Of Thing, which now represents the near future.”

The main speaker of the event was Claudio Botta, CEO of Bway and a great lover of all new IoT technologies, in particular for hardware technologies and protocols.

Regarding the event Claudio said:

“Finally even in Rome it’s possible to meet to exchange ideas, share projects and above all find partners to deal with complex IoT projects. I fully embrace the choice of this location where you can breathe a “sparkling” air and the right energy to tackle such a wide-ranging and innovative theme as the IoT.”

Last speaker of the meeting has been Domenico Barra, CTO and Co-Founder of Adamantic, a recently born company that has the goal to build IoT and blockchain solutions aimed at the architecture of information systems.

Speaking on-the-spot of Friday’s event, Domenico said:

“It’s been a real pleasure to participate at the first gathering of Iot Xperts. I recognized among people in the audience – and in the generous buffet offered at the end of the event – several respected professionals of the roman IoT scene, and I was pleasantly surprised by the interest that the event has aroused. I will definitely participate to the next events, and I sincerely hope that some of those who were in the audience can present their experiences.”

There is no doubt that it was a first, fertile, opportunity to meet different realities with a common purpose: to innovate business processes and bring IoT solutions into everyday reality.

The community is open to everyone, you can easily keep in touch with all the participants thanks to the Facebook group dedicated to it.

The next event will be held on May 4th. Stay tuned, more details soon!

The Internet of the Things is taking industries by storm. This network of devices combined with their ability to connect and exchange data is proving itself to be a brilliant tool when incorporated into businesses and consumer’s lives alike. Up to this point, IOT has been most well-known for its integration in the manufacturing and industrial industry. Its benefits are apparent through the machinery on the factory floor, and its connectivity has built an essential bridge between the floor and the offices upstairs. It has reached a level of optimal efficiency that is changing corporations. IoT has now stretched its uses even further, as people have found ways to utilize it in a new industry: healthcare. The industry is huge, but the technology has found a way to dip its toes into every aspect.

Personal Healthcare

As of right now, remote health monitoring is the main function of IoT integration, in terms of spending. The IoT devices designed for consumers are plentiful, all imaginative yet useful. There’s an array of them on the market, from closed-loop insulin delivery devices that pairs with a diabetes app, to a Bluetooth coagulation device that tests how quickly your blood clots. In addition, there is an activity tracker that looks at the effects of different cancer treatments, and an Apple watch application that monitors cognitive function for signs of depression.

More and more systems and devices are being invented each day. For example, researchers have been developing contact lenses with sensors in them that they hope will be able to measure a person’s glucose levels, in addition to possibly correcting presbyopia, a condition that deteriorates the eye’s focus. These devices, along with different type of wearable sensors, have granted consumers the ability to monitor themselves within the comforts of their own home. The benefits to the consumer is plentiful. However, we are becoming more of a business driven world, and businesses and corporation alike have discovered how to utilize IOT to the best of their abilities as well.

Pharmaceuticals

Every year, according to the Internet of Things Institute, there are 125,000 unnecessary deaths in the United States alone due to patients not taking their medicine correctly. Over 100,000 people die from these mistakes, and there are so many more than this number that end up hospitalized over the same situation. IOT software offers up a solution: smart pill bottles. These smart pill bottles monitor the dosage being taken, or if it’s even being taken at all. It’s a way for patients and doctors to keep tabs on treatments and ensure that they are being taken and administered responsibly.

The Pharmaceutical sector didn’t just stop there with their incorporation of the Internet of Things. They have integrated the technology into their production cycle the same way the manufacturing industry has: monitoring the machines, checking the safety, and collecting data in order to ensure the utmost efficiency.

Healthcare Building Facilities

There has begun a crucial transition from IOT positively impacting consumers in terms of healthcare to businesses in the industry. IOT and its effects are most concretely apparent in hospitals and doctor’s offices. The connective technology has created a new age of “smart hospitals”, places filled with predictive maintenance and advanced equipment. As the site i-scoop wrote, “If there is one place where the various building parameters…temperature, humidity, air regulation, specific environmental controls, security, and so forth need to be optimal, it for sure is the hospital.”

Being reliable is vital for a hospital, and IOT software is just that. Reliant. Rooms equipped with smart beds would have the technology to routinely check and monitor vitals on its own and alert the necessary personnel based off of those vitals. Smart hospitals will have sensors that detect the climate of the room and can adjust it based off the specific needs of the individual patient. Operating rooms will have the same features; the ability to control the elements to set themselves up for ideal operating conditions. It’s smart and it’s efficient and it’s saving lives.

Healthcare Insurance

Going hand and hand with saving lives is saving money. The combination of IOT with the Health Insurance industry is doing just that. This software collects data, and data is extremely valuable to insurance companies. The most important characteristics of this data is that it is truthful and accurate. According to Forbes, these technologies will work to “reduce inefficiencies and waste in the healthcare system”. Companies will have the ability to use data to have surveillance on their patient’s medical behavior and will get patient reports that are truthful and not just subjective.

This continuous, real-time data will save insurance companies money because they have been proven successful in the early prevention and control of treatments and diseases. In addition, things like the smart pill bottle will cut down on company costs because they do not have to pay for unnecessary hospital bills that are caused by incorrectly taken medication. The self-testing nature of the software cuts out unnecessary doctor visits and hospital bill, making it a win for the patient as well as a win for insurance companies that would otherwise have to foot the bill.

The Future of Healthcare and IOT

According to the KAA Project, spending on healthcare IOT solutions is projected to reach $1 trillion by the year 2025. I-Scoop declares that by 2019, 87% of healthcare organizations will have adopted these IOT technologies. Why is this projection so large? IOT software makes healthcare “personalized, accessible, and on-time”. Money, time, and lives are being saved with these devices and this software. It’s changing the face of health, one connected device at a time.

 

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IOT, or the Internet of Things, is taking the technology by storm. Technology is everywhere, and the future is digital. The future is more than just technology though, but technology has found its way into so many other aspects. How will the Internet of Things stretch farther than the world it was produced in? Learn how the Internet of Things is impacting other industries below.

Manufacturing

A current industrial revolution is in the works, and IOT is helping it happen.

IOT works to optimize two main areas in the manufacturing industry: business and production. This industry will be impacted from the ground up. On the floor, there is the possibility to have new technologies incorporated into machines which will work more efficiently, and possibly entirely on their own. This technology includes the possibility for predictive maintenance, a time-consuming and expensive cost if not dealt with timely and appropriately. The sensors used in IOT technologies can predict and alert to maintenance concerns, along with many other functions these sensor possess such as detecting issues that would present safety concerns. To read more about what these sensors could do for the factory floor, click here.

The manufacturing industry will be completely transformed in the way that they are ran and monitored. According to Tech Company Sensohive, “IIoT enables manufacturers to have new ‘eyes and ears’ in the production.” The new technologies and machines will allow for the factory floor to be better maintained and monitored, and executive offices will have access to more data. This data will be vital in accessing efficiency and cost optimization in time, cost, and production. These technologies will connect the factory floor to the executive offices, and will allow those making decisions to have a fuller view and a better understanding of the workings of the company.

Retail

It’s not easy to sell to a complete stranger. With IOT technologies, no customer is truly a complete stranger.

IOT technologies are excellent for collecting data of all sorts. How does this function in the retail industry? Wonderfully, actually. Having data on a direct customer is extremely useful for deciding how to tailor a sale to that customer. According to the site I-Scoop, “89% of early-movers in retail gain increased insight into customer preferences and behaviors from the Internet of Things.”

IOT systems are being used in the retail industry to collect data on who enters a store, and it picks up on their demographic, their age, which area of the store they spend the majority of their time in, and how long they were in the store compared to how much they actually purchased. Incorporating this technology into this industry not allow allows for retailers to get a better understanding of their customers, but it allows for them to create personalized experiences for shoppers. Products and services may then be suggested to the customer based on previously collected data.

Incorporating IOT technologies into a retail corporation allows them to use sensors to detect when inventory in a warehouse is low so that products are always available when customers want them. Also, these technologies can be used to track shipped packages more efficiently and keep the consumer informed about their progress and status.

Customers themselves can even make the job easier, utilizing IOT software to scan an item on their phone and instantly receive information about the products such as its price and helpful reviews. A customer who has more information on a product is more likely to purchase that product, and a company utilizing IOT is more likely to get them their product successfully.

Health Care

The use of IOT in the Health Care industry is exciting because not only is there the potential to save money, but there’s a potential to save lives.

The incorporation of the Internet of Things into the Health Care industry is not yet completely widespread, but the opportunities for its integration are. According to Forbes contributor Bernard Marr, “the IOT healthcare market will reach $136.8 billion worldwide by 2021.”

IOT has implications in both the personal patient side of health care and in the insurance side. IOT hopes to instill wearable technologies that they can all speak to each other so that they may individually monitor things about a person such as their heart rate, blood sugar levels, glucose levels and more. According to IOT Agenda, these sensors “gather medical data that was never before accessible.” IOT allows the separate devices to communicate and interpret, based on the data that they are collecting, whether there is a problem. From here, they can alert the patient and other necessary assistance so that these problems can be attended to. These devices offer patients the opportunity to monitor their own health from the comforts of their own home.

The Internet of Things is applicable to the health insurance sector as well. Allowing patients to monitor their own levels at all hours provides insurance companies with data that is both truthful and accurate. In addition, this data allows doctors to be more proactive in diagnosing and treating patients which prevents many simple sicknesses and illnesses from getting to a point where they are life-threatening. Click here to read more about the ways IOT systems can be utilized in the health care industry.

Transportation

The Internet of Things has the potential to have a huge impact on the transportation industry, an industry that spills over onto many others.

The site Supply Chain 247 states that “whether by air, ground, or sea, transportation and logistics are essential components to many enterprises’ productivity, and access to real-time data is critical.” With IOT software, cars will hopefully have sensors that can monitor and schedule maintenance, optimize fuel, and even train their drivers. Sensors can monitor traffic flow and predict obstacles that could slow up delivery processes, allowing companies to alert their customers or even decide early enough on alternate means of delivery. This proactive approach will save companies money as well as strengthening their relationships to their customers. In addition, the software is hopefully developing to a point of autonomous driving, a practice which is obvious in its ways to potentially save corporations money. To read more about how businesses are directly impacted by the growing incorporation of IOT into the transportation industry, click here and here.

Energy

IOT is having a large impact on the energy industry, helping business’ wallets and the earth’s well-being at the same time.

Incorporating IOT software into the energy industry has positive effects on all types of businesses, whether they are energy-focused or not. As we’ve established, one of the most important parts of IOT software is its ability to use sensors and technology to collect and utilize data. These sensors play a huge role in this industry. Placing the sensors on machines can allow companies to monitor if the machines themselves are functioning in a way that is environmentally efficient, as functioning this way saves businesses money. IOT sensors placed on smart thermostats can be used to automatically switch off high-powered devices during their peak demand times.

According to IOT Innovation, “In the United States alone, 30% of the energy used in an average commercial building is wasted.” The data collected from sensors can give companies an idea of whether they are being efficient or not, and smart sensors can help them fix their issues and become more efficient in the areas they identify through the data. Maintaining equipment and supplies in this way helps to avoid outages, utilize their power, and identify safety hazards, saving energy and money for all businesses. Click here to read more about the way in which the energy industry is impacted by IOT.

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Today IoT, acronym of Internet of things, is a widely understood concept both between private and enterprise actors. For those that still don’t know the meaning of IoT: IoT comprehend advanced technologies as hardware or platforms, that allows to connect things to internet and collect, send or analyze valuable information (think about a smart fridge: it can check the expiration date of your food, make new orders, send you notifications to throw away rotten food, etc).

This technologies are already been applied on many different business:

 

  • Transportation
  • Natural resources
  • Manufacturing
  • Renewable energy
  • Smart Cities

Reliable estimation talk about 50 billion devices connected online within 2020, an exorbitant number compared to the 7.2 billion of people on earth in 2015.

All this connected devices imply a big amount of Data potentially exploitable. In 2018, about 40% of the total big data will be taken from our smartphones, cars and household objects.

Even large scale systems, and multi-billion dollar industrial machines will generate big data thanks to sensors located to airplanes, power grids and oil extraction.

The market of IoT is a booming space, and It’ expected to be worth over 300 billion dollars by 2020.

But why, IoT technologies are so interesting for businesses?

It depends to benefits that this technologies bring to companies. Some examples:

  • Saving costs: more data mean more efficiency, even more increased by automation technologies that will make more efficient the production process.
  • User friendly: move from complex management systems to just one click button will actually  make a difference. Let imagine how Amazon’s dash botton could  impact on sales!
  • Issue Prediction: predictive systems allows to immediately, and in some case preventively, identify errors in production process and in the production machinery, avoiding losses of time and money.
  • Boosting productivity: productivity can be boost identificating errors and eliminating gaps in the production workflows, with a consequent gain of precious time.

Are companies ready for these changes?

The response is: not all of them. Many organization struggle to effectively manage the complexity of data generated by the IoT, often having no one strategy in place.

IDG Research shows that 70% of companies are still in the “consideration” or “planning” phase and only the 30% of companies can be considered “early adopter”.

What does this resistance to new technologies depend on?

Different factors make so complicated the management of this data:

  • the lack of homogeneity of resources
  • the frequency of data,
  • complex data relations etc…

However the integration of different IoT systems is the main barrier. Many solutions emerging in this field will make these flows much easier and usable even by less experienced user.

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As you should have understood reading this post, the future of the IoT is written and its benefits for businesses are out of questions.

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