IoT

IoT is the inter-connectivity of devices across the Internet, enabling them to communicate with us, to software applications, and to other devices.

What are the ‘things’ in IoT? They can be domestic appliances, vehicles, medical equipment, home entertainment devices, wearable technology – in fact, anything with embedded electronics. Isn’t it just hype? Not any more. We are starting to see a large scale adoption of IoT technology with the rollout of smart meters in our homes, enabling us to reduce our energy consumption.

Why IoT is the future

Wide array of applications

  1. Smart homes

    Today, you can manage your energy consumption, security alarm, home entertainment system, plus more, remotely through your mobile phone or PC. Some applications can detect whether you are at home, adjusting the ‘behaviour’ of IoT connected devices.

  2. Wearables

    Wearable IoT devices are no longer solely health and wellbeing trackers. Recent developments in watch style devices encompass the full functionality of a smart phone, albeit miniaturised.

  3. Smart cities

    Our cities already have disparate IoT solutions for surveillance, transportation systems, energy management, hospitals, water and waste supply networks. In the future, data could be consolidated and integrated to bring additional value.

  4. Smart industries and services

    IoT applications include supply chain management in manufacturing and retail, crop monitoring in agriculture, emergency notification systems and remote monitoring of patients in healthcare and smart retail using RFID.

How we can help

Setting up IoT

The first step in embarking on an IoT project is to have a clear vision about what you are trying to achieve and whether it is sustainable once live and in support. Objectivity consultants can help you define the full scope, design the minimum viable solution and the support model. We endeavour to use low code or no code solutions where possible for speed of deployment and ease of support and maintenance. We are agnostic in terms of technology throughout the entire stack, whether constrained devices, smart devices, cloud providers and application platforms, we always recommend the best solution for your specific circumstances. Support considerations include the logistics of supporting geographically dispersed devices, whether break/fix or routine maintenance and the monitoring of the entire environment to ensure availability. Once the minimum viable solution is deployed, tuning, enhancements and expansion can follow.

Setting up IoT
How we can help

Optimising IoT

There are many considerations before embarking on your first IoT project. Understanding what data is required then how it can be collected and used is probably the easier challenge. Establishing the enduring business benefit and ROI requires the buy-in and commitment of stakeholders across your organisation, which can take time. Guaranteeing that each solution is designed for the future is also paramount. Ensuring that any technology choices are not dead-ends and that security is sufficiently robust are significant considerations too, especially if your vision is to extend your reach into other organisations who might have their own IoT technology stack already in place. Our consultants can facilitate this activity, bringing an external stakeholder view to the table and guiding you through the end-to-end process to protect your investment.

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