Smart homes, smart cities, connected health, wearables … these are just some applications of internet of things. With technology entering every aspect of our lives, it is no wonder that the notion of Internet of Things is gaining momentum. Our handheld devices such as smartphones, tablets and smartwatches are constantly connected to the internet and through them we are able to remotely connect to other internet capable tech we own. From our PCs, TVs and printers, to kitchen appliances, cars and even entire homes. Everything can be remotely controlled and accessed. With such capabilities it is no wonder IoT is finding its place in industry and business.
Beginning with small things, the internet of things is not only reshaping the office as we know it today, but also creating a model for the office of the future. It all begins with a device capable of controlling all others. Usually, it is a laptop, smartphone or a tablet - basically a device you can carry with you - because the idea is to be able to gain access to your office regardless of your location. With it you can get important files while on a business meeting, control the climate of your office prior to your arrival to the office, and even print out some files. Keep in mind that when printing remotely you can not control the variables such as lack of paper or ink in the cartridge. Either use managed print services or regularly control the levels of these consumables in a timely manner.
Often mistaken for outsourcing, managed services are an entire branch of industry that deals with proactive management of an IT asset by a third party. While outsourcing means giving out a short term project to a third party company, managed services represents a continuous process with fixed variables (consumption and price). As these are IT based services, they are deeply rooted in the foundations of Internet of Things. Managed services can be: communications, network managements, system management, data backup, print services, help desk, power, and many other.
With the focus of industry slowly shifting onto sustainability, it is of prime importance that we control the energy consumption. In the US alone, 84% of all energy is still gained by burning the fossil fuels. Having this in mind, you can see why it is important to control the consumption of energy. With IoT we will be able to calculate and create automated patterns based on the behavior of suppliers and consumers, which will enable us to distribute electricity more efficiently.
This branch of industry has seen some major improvements in recent years. With mass use of GPSs and smart devices in vehicles, we are now able to keep track of the goods and schedule the supply accordingly. One of the biggest online retailers - Amazon - is leaning towards the complete automatisation of the supply chain, from suppliers to warehouses, and then finally to consumers.
The momentum at which IoT is gaining ground in all aspects of our lives is astounding. Smarthomes are already here, smartcities are the next great step and tech pioneers like IBM, Intel and Microsoft are all working on bringing the notion to life. Though there are certain security issues and drawbacks, there is no doubt that they will be taken care of, as too much sensitive information is depending on it.