IoT & M2M
What is IoT?
Internet of Things (IoT) is a technology that enables the internet to interact with physical systems giving machines a perspective of the environment in which they were operating and ability convey their findings to other connected devices. This requires deployment of machines connected with an array of sensors (M2M). What makes connected devices smart is their ability to communicate with each other allowing one system to make decisions based on input from several other connected devices.
Consumer IoT involves all the physical systems communicating to a central control system and is usually involved with fitness tools, pet feeders, fleet tracking etc. They are typically used to monitor and report on activities.
Business related IoT, or IIoT, moves beyond simple devices and looks at manufacturing plants, distribution systems, service operations tied to right time, right repair with the right equipment on hand.
The internet of things isn’t about the internet nor about things
– its about creating better outcomes for people in their various environments, home, work, play, health, cities, … with intent.
On the other hand Industrial Internet of things (IIoT) involve machine critical communication which is often performed at the level of micro seconds. This setup involves a network of connected devices each communicating autonomously to accomplish a single task, process or workflow. This is often referred to as Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication. Consider a network of conveyer belts that sort packages according to their destinations. Each node in the network makes a choice based on reading the barcode and put package on the right next conveyer belt. This requires each of the router nodes to communicate with each other to make an optimal choice for efficiency and productivity.
How does IIoT help Business?
Business is all about creating assets and operating them optimally to satisfy operations and deliver customer needs. The success of the business depends upon optimal utilization and maintenance of assets. IIoT precisely helps you understand asset operations and provide you with data that will enable your business to improve efficiency and reduce the operational costs. The data captured from your connected assets will allow your business to realize its potential by identifying opportunities and concerns.
Consider use case of real time monitoring of airliner condition. Imagine savings and improvement to operational efficiency when a failure of certain parts will be identified and a maintenance team was able to be ready with replacements even before the flight lands. Consider heavy machinery, if we can predict the failure of critical parts of the equipment and avoid unscheduled maintenance or predicting drill head failures in oil & gas sector.
All the above can be accomplished with the help of IIoT. In a nutshell, IIoT help you optimize asset utilization, operations and help people involved to make best choices for your business.
How we can help you reap IIoT Benefits
Whether you are just starting out on the adventure or have been working in IoT and M2M for some years, our IoT consultants and engineers work closely with you to understand your unique business processes and business drivers to determine how an IoT solution can transform your business. Our teams of strategic consultants, engineers, data scientists and system architects have deep experience in complex Internet of Things (IoT) / Machine to Machine (M2M) deployments and have processes in place to ensure a seamless connected device solution from start to finish.
Together we’ll investigate what data is needed to support the business? How will data be used? Who will use the data? Can it be extended to other stakeholders? Is there opportunity for analytical insight? How can you leverage IoT deployments for new business value? This knowledge enables us to partner with you and recommend both data collection strategies, the appropriate technology and the right set of advanced analytics to meet your long-term needs.