How to Win Big with (I)IoT, Industrial Analytics & Big Data

Written By Rick O’Brien, President of SemperCon.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is on track to change the way businesses work. Enterprises are already going digital—employees are using mobile devices to access information, communicate and collaborate. Just as mobile devices and applications have become ubiquitous, cloud connected sensors, industrial devices, machinery and equipment are also being developed at a rapid rate.

sempercon cloud iot Companies that depend on durable, physical goods to conduct business—from manufacturing, mining and agriculture to healthcare organizations, transportation and logistics—are already realizing the opportunity of the Industrial Internet of Things. In a recent survey of 450 businesses across the world, 30 percent indicated that they already adopted IoT technology. In another, half of the interviewed business leaders indicated IoT as a key priority in their strategic use of technology to win, serve and retain customers.

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Whether a business serves consumers or other businesses, IIoT can help with more fully engaging customers, increasing productivity and simplifying internal processes. The productivity gains associated with IIoT enabled business models can be significant. Recent studies have estimated that manufacturers, for instance, can boost productivity as much as 30 percent and reduce maintenance costs by as much as 30 percent with IIoT. Businesses more interested in boosting customer value leverage IIoT solutions in order to commercialize industrial analytics and business intelligence. By taking a ‘big data’ approach and launching product-service hybrid offerings, significant value is extracted from IIoT.

cloud imageSuch solutions produce a large volume and variety of data that IT departments must be prepared to manage. The sheer volume and structure of data collected from hardware devices challenge conventional data storage methods. Businesses that require real-time business process support from IIoT systems will need to scale fast enough to transfer the entire collection of raw data being generated to and from a location.

Industrial IoT solutions’ administrative and user dashboards differ to some extent based on whether they are designed to drive new revenue or promote internal cost savings. Generally, system administrators should be able to control features, manage users, and access real time system diagnostics and reporting via a cloud-based dashboard.  Alerts and notifications also play an integral role for IIoT solutions. Well configured user monitoring and alert functions allow business leaders and administrators to keep their fingers on the pulse of their business—supporting user adoption and customer utilization. When developing customer-facing solutions, convenience will be especially critical. Tech buyers value mobility and thus prefer IIoT solutions with mobile accessible user dashboards.

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The user interfaces of IIoT apps must present data so that it’s both useful and immediately actionable. Data filtering, predictive and visual analytics can all be used to simplify IIoT data and enable smarter business decision making. Industrial IoT solutions must also grow smarter as users think of innovative ways to apply its business intelligence. Data service exchanges allow IT leaders to extract critical data points from a wider pool of devices and partner with third party data service providers to continuously evolve their IIoT offering.

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We are still at a stage where few IT leaders understand the process of developing an Industrial IoT solution. The properties encapsulated above only brush the surface of meaningfully applying IIoT to businesses. This IIoT strategic planning checklist covers 50+ practical and technical IT requirements that should be evaluated when determining how IIoT can evolve your business processes and customer offering.

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About the Author

Rick O’Brien is a serial entrepreneur with 20 years experience leading product development, marketing and sales for mobile, hardware and software technology startups and enterprises. Nearly eight years ago he launched Sempercon, a software development firm that specializes in building Internet of Things, mobile and web app solutions for enterprises and startups.

The Internet of Things 101

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Are you ready for your front door to be able to talk to your alarm clock? Prepare yourself, because one of the tech world’s biggest buzzwords is on that route.

It has been argued that the term internet of things should be changed to the internet of everything. With the capability to connect your phone, laptop or tablet to all the appliances in your home, your car and even your dog, it’s easy to argue that anything can be connected these days.

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Internet of things or IoT for short, is described as the connection of non-traditional devices such as security systems, thermostats, cars, electronic appliances, lights in households and commercial environments, alarm clocks, dog collars, vending machines and much more. These devices utilize embedded technology to connect with an external environment through the internet. Most IoT devices have sensors that can act as your eyes and ears in your home or business. These sensors can register changes in environment, movement, temperature, amount of light, water pressure – even air quality.

Delve deeper into Internet of Things with Industrial IoT: Read “How to Win Big with (I)IoT, Industrial Analytics & Big Data” from Sempercon. 

IoT is making our lives easier, keeping us connected and increasing productivity. Naturally, this topic is driving several Tech in Motion events across the nation, and even inspiring Tech in Motion stories. On September 17th in Santa Clara, some true innovators in the IoT space will be demonstrating at Tech in Motion’s IoT Demos & Drinks, including one company that took to addressing California’s water crisis.WaterBit-LOGO1-copy-636_114

WaterBit has created a sensor that enables growers to optimize yields as a primary outcome, through soil monitoring and related irrigation control.” This sensor allows growers to prevent over-watering and reserve California’s precious water supply. WaterBit can also be used by homeowners by empowering them with the ability to understand, control and monitor water quality and usage for the entire home (or business).

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When it comes to having fun with IoT Hurley research has got you covered with their product Droidle. They are tiny fun robots that can be connected to social media. Droidles can also be considered as a learning tool because they teach programming trough your smart phone. They are a great way to introduce children to robotics, engineering and developing software.tend-insights-86560506 (1)  Tend Insight has your home covered, even when your away! They have created “lifestyle smart home products and apps that deliver awareness and insights through immersive experiences powered by computer vision technology.” They offer live video streaming and cloud recording so you can monitor your home ecosystem from anywhere.

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FlipFlic, a product designed by Comfee, uses solar power to adjust your blinds to close when the sun is shining through the windows and overheating your home. This helps save on heating and cooling bills, plus you can adjust the settings for you Flipflic by syncing it to your smartphone.

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SIGFOX wants to help you keep all of your “things” connected and the price low. “SIGFOX is the first and only company providing global cellular connectivity for the Internet of Things, fully dedicated to low-throughput communications.”

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We look forward to seeing these demo companies in action. Don’t want to miss out? RSVP for this event on the Tech in Motion Silicon Valley meetup page.