IoT use cases: the Internet of Things in action
Anyone with a smartphone, connected thermostat or internet-enabled home entertainment system can see how the Internet of Things is part of our daily life. But besides remotely turning on the heating via an app, where else can we see IoT technology at work? In industry? Manufacturing? The office? Here are some quick case studies to show the range of IoT.
IoT in part lifecycle, tracking and maintenance
Whether as a cog in a machine or a component of an end product, individual objects (or parts) can provide critical information as to the state of the product they form. Connected sensors and sophisticated analytics within individual components could track part provenance right from the manufacturing process to the end of their useful life – sharing data on how the component should be maintained and how it has responded to frequent use.
IoT in the supply chain
Keeping track of and predicting product demand can be tricky and mistakes have a cost implication – either through over-supply (and therefore wastage), or under-supply (and the attendant missed sales opportunities.) IoT technology could track the location of individual components, and broadcast supply and demand on a shared blockchain. Data as to demand request, supply volumes, or part expiration dates could be instantly accessed and analysed to identify where production needs to be stepped up.
IoT for regulatory compliance
IoT technology could help regulatory agencies share usage and maintenance information on particular products, and make compliance documents instantly available to manufacturers and individuals who need them.
Connected sensors build up a wealth of useful data as to the function of particular systems within a building. Lights, for instance, or air conditioning, or security alarms. This data forms a log of how the building is accessed and used, which can be shared with its owner, tenants and building management teams.
For those who want to offset their carbon footprint on the carbon credit exchange, IoT provides a way of accurately tracking and trading carbon credits and energy consumption.
Shipping logistics industry
In the shipping industry, keeping track of cargo is key. IoT-enabled sensors can detect and share the location of cargo, the temperature within containment units and track whether it reaches its destination on time and intact. Shipping documents such as bills of loading and customs forms can also be easily shared electronically between the freight companies, customs officials, and the person who sent or received the package.
These are just some of the ways that IoT has an impact on the world around us. To find out more about how IoT can benefit businesses, take a look at the business section on our blog.