Internet of Things (IoT) Development – Connecting your World.
Internet of Things (IoT) Development – Connecting your World
What is an Internet of Things?
IoT is a network of connected devices on a private network. The concept of IoT can be characterized by automation and connectivity. The devices in these networks are embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies to allow for connectivity and the exchange of data between devices.
Devices connected in an IoT network can include inventory trackers in factories or even logistics tracking of shipping containers. Whether it be at home or in the workplace, IoT can provide connectivity to better your world.
The development of IoT applications allows for devices to be controlled remotely and can be used to monitor the devices connected in the network. The components that make up most of these IoTs are embedded devices, improved communications protocols, and software platforms.
The exchange of data across the network allows for devices to know what we need, without us physically having to be in the same environment to control it – Sounds pretty “smart” doesn’t it?
Examples of Internet of Things
- Smart Factories – Customised product ordering, Supply chain control, Inventory management and Quality of Shipment conditions.
- Smart Houses – Security Systems and Home Appliances controlled through applications on cellular devices or tablets.
- Smart Health – Sensors that monitor how the body functions or Medicine delivery systems.
Benefits of IoT in Businesses
- Improved productivity of staff and reduced human labor
Repetitive and “boring” tasks can be automated, which allows staff to use their time completing more complex tasks that require personal skills. By automating tasks this reduces the required number of employees and therefore business costs as well.
- Efficient operations management
The management of operational areas can occur more efficiently by automating the control over these areas. Shipping tracking, inventory and resources management can be improved using RFID tags and network sensors to monitor the location of goods and equipment.
- Resources and Assets are better utilised
Scheduling and monitoring that can be implemented through IoTs allow for better resource use. This can include improved water and power consumption, which will save the company money and enhance their eco-friendliness (especially in areas impacted by droughts).
- Enhanced customer service and retention
IoT allows for businesses to understand the needs and behavior of their customers better. It helps improve customer services by enhancing after sale services such as automatic tracking and maintenance of their products for example.
- More business opportunities
As IoT brings increased efficiency and effectiveness, a company that adopts IoTs will be able to offer a larger range of services and products at a better quality compared to competitors.
Learn how Microsoft Azure assists Internet of Things development here.