The Internet of Things has been in the news and part of industry for several decades, but much of the attention has been focused on flashy toys like smartwatches and talking refrigerators. Thats why we first published our eBook, The Definitive Guide to the Internet of Things for Business, written by Aeris CTO Syed Zaeem Hosain, and why weve updated it this year. Unlike many articles and books, this is a resource specifically on how the burgeoning IoT/M2M ecosystem can be used as an enterprise IoT application for business.
This guide isnt for engineers its for project managers and executives who want to understand how IoT/M2M connectivity will reduce costs, improve operational efficiency, reduce time-to-market, and enable new revenue streams for their business. The Definitive Guide to the Internet of Things, Second Edition provides a background in IoT concepts, how the devices are connected, how they communicate, how the data is analyzed, and how to manage the lifecycle of an IoT/M2M product.
IoT can help companies manage everything from marketing intelligence to improved preventative maintenance. Businesses can use IoT for applications as diverse as helping medical professionals care for more patients at the same time or giving retailers the ability to customize advertising to a single individual. In our updated eBook, we look at some companies that are making enterprise IoT applications an integral part of their future.
From Industrial IoT to Saving the World
Early adopters of IoT/M2M technology often focused on preventive maintenance. These applications could detect when a machine had variations in vibration, temperature, speed, or other metrics, to signal that they needed repairs. But this didnt fully tap into the ability of network-connected devices to talk and work together.
The fleet industry was next to realize the benefits of IoT-enabled trucks, ships, and vans. Connected devices and GPS allowed businesses to track fleets and goods in a more efficient manner for near real-time visibility across the transportation ecosystem. Some of the leaders in the fleet management space include PeopleNet and Isotrak.
Healthcare has also been transformed by IoT connectivity a mHealth, telehealth, and remote patient monitoring become popular ways to reduce costs for insurers and patients while providing advanced services. For example, medical technology company Minnetronix brings deep expertise in electronic and electromechanical devices to IoT and created a medical device platform for remote medical device connectivity. With this system, businesses can get real-time access to valuable information from their healthcare devices via the web or a mobile dashboard using cellular connectivity.
Another field where IoT has become vital is monitoring and metering. This encompasses oil, gas, renewable energy, and other vital resources. Water monitoring and metering is hugely important around the world. One water management business, Detectronic, helps reduce flooding and prevents water pollution through its intelligent network monitoring for the British and European water industries. Cellular-connected remote monitoring devices provide insightful data and permit analysis and reporting that help to prevent pollution caused by network failure and predict floodingreducing the risk of catastrophic failures.
IoT can be used to make the planet a more habitable place and improve peoples lives. One enterprise, Sweet Sense, has teamed with organizations in rural Africa to put IoT sensors on water pumps in remote locations. This enables the groups that install the pumps to track their functionality and maintain them in a more efficient and in a cost-effective manner. With projects like this, connected IoT devices can help provide clean water for more days out of the year for more people improving their health and well-being.
As you build your own enterprise IoT applications, youll want the second edition of The Definitive Guide to the Internet of Things for Business as a reference. Make sure to download your copy today.