Top Ten Applications of the Internet of Things
1. Equipment monitoring: things like monitoring or adjusting building thermostats can be done remotely, and it can even save energy and simplify facility maintenance procedures. The beauty of this IoT application is that it is easy to implement, easy to sort out performance benchmarks, and get the required improvements.
2. Machine and infrastructure maintenance: Sensors can be placed on equipment and infrastructure materials, such as railway tracks, to monitor the condition of these components, and send out alarms when there are problems with the components. Some urban traffic management departments have adopted this kind of Internet of Things technology to be able to actively maintain before failure occurs.
3. Logistics and tracking: The transportation industry now installs sensors on moving trucks and individual parts being transported. From the beginning, the central system tracks these goods until the end. Doing so can prevent goods from being stolen in remote areas and allow the company's supply chain to keep track, because management can clearly see the location of the vehicle (and where the vehicle should be) at any point in time.
4. The container environment: also in the logistics and transportation industry, the transportation of containers with perishable goods is to monitor the surrounding environmental conditions, and if the temperature or humidity exceeds the range, the sensor will issue an alarm. In addition, when the container is messed up or the seal is broken, the sensor will also sound an alarm. This information is sent directly to the decision makers through the central system in real time, so that the situation can be remedied, even if the goods are in transit around the world.
5. Machine-managed inventory: Self-service vending machines and portable stores that provide consumers with a variety of goods can now send automatic replenishment alarms when specific goods are below the reorder level. This approach can save costs for retailers, because they only need to ask on-site staff to replenish the stock when the machine tells them that they need to replenish the inventory.
6. Network data for marketing: Companies can choose to use their own analysis to track customer behavior on the Internet, or they can outsource this task to a marketing company with a reputation in this field. In the navigation mode of the website, the visitor comes to or comes from your website, the type of device the visitor uses, and other relevant data about the visitor can be aggregated to have a more comprehensive understanding. The combination of transaction data and IoT data will enrich your marketing analysis and forecasts, which can be implemented quickly.
7. Identify dangerous websites: The security service provided by commercial companies allows network administrators to track machine-to-machine communication, track Internet website visits from company computers, and reveal "dangerous" websites and IT addresses regularly visited by company computers. Practice will reduce the risk of network intrusion by malicious software and diseases. Because this "observation" service is provided from cloud vendors, it is simple to implement and companies can start right away.
8. Driverless trucks: In remote areas with harsh weather conditions and no road infrastructure, companies in the oil and gas extraction industry are using driverless trucks, which can be remotely controlled and communicated. This reduces operating expenses because you don’t need to send people into the field and you can also avoid accidents in areas known to be extremely dangerous.
9. WAN monitoring: Enterprises can monitor and modify their network traffic very well, but when this traffic is routed through the WAN or the Internet, it sometimes seems to be outside of their control. Now the edge routers of offices in different locations around the world will show significantly different service quality, depending on whether the office is in Singapore or Rio de Janeiro. If IT wants to better monitor Internet traffic, it can purchase commercial services to show in real time where the slowdown is slowing down, and even reroute traffic to keep communication open.
10. GPS data aggregation: GPS data aggregation is one of the most widely used IoT data collection methods. Companies like it because they can count demographic data, weather data, infrastructure data, graphic data, and any data type that can be targeted to a specific geographic location. Many vendors can help you aggregate GPS data in a way that makes sense for your business.