IoT, the internet of things, has taken the world by storm in the last decade. The words “automation” and “smart” have a whole new meaning since the birth of IoT.
This small yet powerful technology has made a significant impact on the way we do everyday things. From turning the light on to setting reminders, IoT is slowly transforming lifestyles.
The use of IoT, of course, has seen the most significant impact in the industrial sector. Everything from a small shop to the logistics business that fuels the shop — has moved on to minor automation.
IoT, in the most basic sense, helps you manage deceives remotely and thereby reducing human effort. What started as a technological overdone, is not the norm.
Let’s take the same example of logistics; a company can use a remote fleet management software to monitor the data from its warehouse and the trucks using small IoT installations. Using IoT in vehicles, they can track the fuel-usage, miles covered, driver safety, and much more.
New technology such as IoT, machine learning, and artificial intelligence has been deemed a bad reputation since it displaces human labor. But the truth is that it enhances the quality of work once it can extract from the workforce. If there is ever a better way to do things, why not take that route?
The more we deep dive into IoT, the further the abyss takes us. There are endless possibilities with the use of IoT. Let’s zoom the lens out a little and look at some of the most ground-moving developments of the current times.
IoT In Training And Teaching
Imagine tasks that need hands-on training, but not everyone can gain access to the real atmosphere. In times like this, when everyone is forced into social distancing, the learning cannot stop.
The use of IoT scanners can be made wirelessly and transmitted to students in the form of virtual aides. It almost sets up a virtual classroom with a real-time feed from the industry or equipment. IoT can also act as a single hub-point for information to be sent to other devices.
For example, using IoT, the data from a whiteboard can be sent to the students on their personal computers. At an industrial level, these can be used to train new works and staff who are joining amidst the lockdown. If work-from-home is the new way of life, learning from home cannot be far behind.
Safety And Tracking
IoT has seen the most booming application in these two sectors. In large scale industries, the IoT sensors are used to trigger safety warnings or ensure protocol.
In a factory, sensors are used to stop the machines in case any glitches are detected. They also stop functioning if the IoT notices any compromise to human safety.
Tracking is another widely used technique; the GPS vehicle tracker is one popular choice. These are installed in trucks or large cargo fleets to provide real-time information. They do not just track the location of the trucks, but also keep a check on the quality of the driving, the fuel information, and obstacles.
In a large industry where many functions are in places and many faces involved, the use of IoT has changed the way we make space economical. Power saving has to be, hands-down, one of the most significant advantages of IoT.
Using sensors, the essential equipment like air conditioning, and lighting can be changed based on the occupancy of the room. It can also be linked to personal preferences and voice activation. On a larger scale, the factory equipment can be linked to IoT to save large power consumption.
For example, in a factory line, some sections must function only when a product reaches it. These parts can be linked to IoT senses for action-based functions. These cost very little money and save on electricity.
Supply Chain Management
The tried and tested ways of the supply chain have been bearing fruits for any large industry, but now it’s time to up the speed. IoT can be used to keep track of the inventory and mark the many points of the supply chain. While many systems have been using manual tracking and spreadsheets, these can be automated by adding scanners at entry and exit points.
This is not just for big companies, but can also help manage the resources for small and medium-sized businesses. Since IoT is not an experienced installation, it can be integrated with warehouse and storage godowns. Some superior technology also lets you add billing dates when there is a large variety of materials in the equation.
Predictions And Planning
This brings us to the last and most futuristic benefit — predictions of supplies. Some IoT software will not just track your current start of the business but also help you make future plans. Let’s take the same example of feet systems.
If you are running a trucking company, using IoT, we can track the life of each machine. It will then help you understand when you will need to make the next investment.
Not just for the machine life based on wear and tear, it can also be something as minor as fuel consumption and routine services. By automating these processes, we can substantially reduce the costs of operations and provide longevity.
Do not let the cost of IoT integrations hold you back from making positive progress. While these techs give you a wide array of functions, they come at a fraction of a cost. Rather than investing in new industrial equipment, you can use the present-day IoT technology to upgrade your existing systems.
More than machine life, it impacts human life. A stress-free workforce is more efficient and yields better results. By using devices such as these, we will cut down the mundane efforts of the workforce and bring attention to the more critical problem points. The use of IoT is a tried and tested way forward and can only develop for the better in the years to come.