Internet of Things
Simply put, the Internet of Things (IoT) involves all objects connected on a network that communicate with each other. IoT is in your everyday life, around you and with you. Around you at home, it's not just your laptop that can go online, but your kitchen appliances and heaters can also talk to the internet.
You can also have IoT with you as wearables, such as smart watches and fitness trackers to measure your health and activity. If you look around you, all sorts of devices are connected to the internet.
Plenty of data can be gathered from these devices, which can then be used for analysis. The possibilities for seeing patterns and forecasting events based on IoT are overwhelming.
For instance, Barcelona's smart city initiative involves the use of sensors on a municipality-wide level to learn more about parking and traffic issues. On a smaller scale, companies can install IoT devices in their office such as smart desks that can improve employee health by becoming standing desks when they've been sitting too long.
However, they can truly benefit by employing IoT on a bigger scale such as what UPS did by connecting all trucks and packages in order to optimise routes. Supply chain management and other logistics systems are just a few business cases that can be digitally transformed by IoT.
It's no surprise that by 2020 there is predicted to be over 26 billion connected devices according to Gartner.
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What IoT solution can benefit your office? Contact Mathias Nielsen for ideas.