The internet is a seemingly intangible thing. Stores of data and information available at the click of a mouse or touch screen. But you may not realize that the physical conduits are as integral as the high speed transfer of information itself.
The Internet of Things (IoT) describes this very network of interconnected objects that are embedded with software and other tech for the purpose of data exchange near and far. These tools include household devices as well as heavier duty industrial devices.
Consider the state of the average household just 10 years ago. There may have been a smart device here and there, but it wouldn’t have been as interconnected as nowadays, with everything from your sound system, thermostat, oven, refrigerator, baby and pet monitors, and even cars connected to the internet. This allows for fully integrated communication between people, processes, and devices.
What does this mean and why is it important exactly? With the aid of low-cost computing and scalable cloud systems, physical objects can directly talk with and survey data with little human direction. Digital systems can record and observe between physical objects, allowing for harmony between physical and digital.
Using machine learning algorithms, IoT applications analyze data in the cloud, providing real time dashboards and analytics and providing essential stats and key performance indicators. These algorithms can identify physical equipment errors and even implement reactive or proactive remediation measures.
Businesses can enhance their processes, at levels including supply chain and assembly lines, customer service, labor, and finance management.
For industries that started with physical, specialized devices, the transition to cloud technologies allows for that physical equipment to communicate with each other over the internet. This creates a fully integrated network system.
Recent advances have helped bring IoT into higher practicality. Advances in neural networks and language processing, IoT devices like Google Home and Amazon Alexa have made smart devices widely available and affordable. Interconnected with advancements in cloud computing and storage, AI and machine learning, and low-cost, low-power sensors, IoT paves the way for more fully realized integrations at the consumer and industrial level.
With the right provider, you can see enhanced and improved processes and customer experience with IoT. Securing the right fit can be tricky though, so working with an independent, fully agnostic solutions provider is in your best benefit. Get in touch with a Worldnet expert today.