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The Internet of Things is Here Now. Are you ready?

Posted On: March 24, 2016

Topic: Data Centers

While speaking at Fortune’s Global Forum last month, John Chambers, former CEO and Executive Chairman of Cisco Systems Inc., predicted that 500 billion devices would be connected to the internet by 2025. Gartner predicts more than 6 billion connected devices by 2018 and also projects that 3 million workers will be supervised by a machine by then. Intel predicts 200 billion.

Smart products are connecting our world faster than ever before. IoT isn’t just some hyped-up futuristic vision of what could be coming. The present-day reality is that IoT is beginning to transform the way we do business.

In manufacturing, sensors attached to equipment monitor inventory usage, product quality, and machine efficiency. This results in more accurate inventory records, but the biggest impact happens with smart scheduling of preventive maintenance. When the sensors notice any anomaly in the process, such as product metrics approaching quality thresholds, environmental conditions that affect performance, loss of efficiency or increase in energy consumption, it proactively schedules a preventive maintenance work order, and even orders any spare parts it senses to require a replacement. The result is decreased downtime, improved throughput, and higher quality.

Connecting power plants into a single ‘super grid” will deliver energy during peak consumption times by moving it from areas that have an excess. The result is lower energy bills, as well as more efficient operations and reduced dependence on fossil fuels.

Smart tools or equipment that understands where and how it should be used and can sound a warning when workers attempt to use it incorrectly or on the wrong job. Smart shelving notifies pickers and packers if they are about to select the wrong item or the wrong quantity from inventory, resulting in a greater number of perfect orders shipped and a reduction in returns. This can also reduce rework on the shop floor by eliminating mix-ups of parts with similar appearances but different characteristics.

Consumers who connect sensors to home HVAC equipment will automatically send information to the utility company on the equipment’s performance. The utility company can automatically send service personnel to do preventive maintenance, ensuring that customers stay comfortable regardless of the weather. It can also monitor energy consumption, and make recommendations that help consumers to stay comfortable. The customer wins because they save money and have peace of mind that their equipment is operating efficiently while the utility provider gains happier, more loyal customers.

The advent of the IoT will bring further changes to every aspect of our ever evolving IT infrastructure. When all of these connected devices arrive there will also be an immense amount of data generated, further challenging organizations already trying to glean insights from Big Data.  Organizations who don’t prepare now to take advantage of the advances that IoT will bring may find themselves at a competitive disadvantage.

At OneNeck IT Solutions, our thought leadership, innovative engineering, and hybrid, custom-designed solutions help customers reduce costs, improve service levels, increase revenues and gain local-to-global competitive advantage. Our customers span a broad spectrum of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, retail, education and government. Contact us today to discuss your future with the IoT.