From Smart Fridges To Printers, IoT Will Trigger A Data Influx. Are You Prepared To Deal With It?
By Mark Brackley, Managing Director at Jade Solutions
The Internet of Things, or IoT, is beginning to take shape and permeate our everyday lives. Smart thermostats alerting users of their heat usage, devices in restaurants displayed to take your order and cars taking passengers from A to B without the need of a driver, have all been developed with the user in mind to make their lives more convenient.
But what we’re really building in IoT is an array of intelligent sensors, driven by data that when pieced together can help deliver invaluable insight into the user’s world; insight into their behaviour at home; what they like to eat and when; and details about where they like to go and places they pass when they are out and about.
The IoT is picking up pace across different industries and is being used in a number of ways. Restaurants are now being equipped with sensors in fridges and freezers to better inform users of what they have in stock. This stream of data is most likely redundant on its own, but the combination of different data streams such as optimal footfall or analytics about point of sale can be valuable for a retailer looking to set out strategic goals.
To deal with this influx of data, IT needs to ensure its back end can not only cope with these different streams, but also know exactly how best to analyze this data to capture the information they need.
If we’re looking at enterprises, the data collected by applications on devices can present an organization with a number of key ways to drive costs down such as turning off the AC automatically when the last worker clocks off.
Visibility and Management Key
So, what is the best way to work with these changes around us?
The fact is, decisions about IT are not always made by IT. Trends like BYOD stemmed from usage of tablets and apps in the home and slowly made its way into the office. More often than not, these trends start from the user base, which has found better ways of working.
The same can be said for IoT. The smart home and the trend of exploring more convenient ways of living will eventually make its way to the enterprise. The headache of managing this shift needs to be underpinned by better visibility and management to identify what systems are connecting with the network, and how devices are being used. From here the necessary data can be mined to feed into growth strategies.
These powerful use cases are demonstrating just how mobility can be used for more than just connectivity. By combining the right platform with the right analytics from end user applications, we can begin to unlock additional value and insight, helping organizations to work more effectively while better understanding their workers and their customers.