We are journeying into a future that will be shaped and driven by connectivity and data. Wherever there is a connected sensor or device, there is real-time intelligence ready and waiting to drive smarter decisions and transform the once unthinkable into the “great, let’s do this”.
IoT is so much more than machines talking to other machines. It’s about devices, sensors, data analytics, software-based networking and applications. All connected and all communicating through a diverse ecosystem of technologies that together are transforming the world of life and work as we know it.
From autonomous driving and smart city infrastructure to real-time management of assets in retail, agriculture, logistics and more, IoT is here, it’s growing and it cannot be ignored. For businesses operating at the brink of the IoT revolution, it’s an exciting time and a time that promises endless possibilities with no limits.
In a world increasingly driven by innovative solutions, disruption must be welcomed and acted upon. Disruption prompts new ideas, technological advancements and drives a competitive spirit. It’s the only way to survive and thrive in today’s global digital economy.
Creating disruptive business models and responding to unmet customer needs are critical business imperatives. With our IoT expertise and technology, businesses everywhere in every industry can harness the competitive and operative advantages that IoT has to offer. Disruption must be welcomed and acted upon — it's the only way to survive and thrive.
Disruption must be welcomed and acted upon — it's the only way to survive and thrive.
For utility companies, there is a wonderful world of “what ifs” waiting to be discovered and explored. IoT presents many opportunities, but strategies need to be built on solid ground and robust solutions. Once you have the right foundation in place, you can start reimagining your business from the ground up.
Smart meters are already revolutionising the interface between utility companies and customers. Precise, up-to-date readings mean more accurate billing. And customers have more transparency into their service, while companies have more data on which to base business decisions.
The cost and durability of smart metering are both set to improve as Low Powered Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) become widespread. This new standard improves the communication range of devices, requires less power and transmits less data. Installations become quicker and cheaper, and meters can run from a battery for up to 15 years, so there’s almost no limit to where they can be deployed.
Why stop with smart metering?
Rolling out sensors across your electricity, gas, or water network gives you new insight into your operations. Predicting and preventing leaks, outages, and other problems will improve safety and reduce your environmental impact.
This smart network can then become part of a smart city, where utility grids, transport systems and buildings talk to each other, optimise how they run, and even self-heal.
IoT devices generate vast amounts of data, depending on how their sensors are programmed.
These data feeds can be analysed, in real-time or historically, and give insights into conditions so that adjustments can be made to the equipment, usage patterns can be examined and maintenance can be scheduled.
The result? Minimised unplanned downtime, maximised uptime, reduced manual maintenance and increased productivity.
If you knew the state of every thing across your business and could make sense of the data, imagine the problems you could solve. IoT devices can be as complicated as a power station or as fluffy as an interactive toy. The thing that all have in common is their ability to collect and transmit data and to report their operative status. And when you know and understand the status of every connected device, sensor or application you can maximise uptime, minimise unplanned downtime, arrange proactive maintenance and increase productivity.
Creating disruptive business models and responding to unmet customer needs are critical business imperatives. With our IoT expertise and technology, businesses everywhere in every industry can harness the competitive and operative advantages that IoT has to offer.
IoT does not always require a transformation in technology, but a transformation in thinking.
It’s often less about investment and more about initiative and innovation and enhancing the technology and assets you already own.
Adding an inexpensive sensor to an asset you have owned for years, for example, gives it a voice. That same asset that provided a single service is suddenly able to provide real-time data on its condition, its performance, environmental conditions, operational issues and many other insights that you would otherwise be in the dark about.
When we talk about the “Internet of Things” we often focus on the devices, but what about the data?
Digital insights are a game changer for enterprises. IoT provides disruptive power from real-time business data, and this data can be generated from a multitude of dispersed and connected devices, whether they sit locally or globally, in the cloud or at its edge.
To enable insight and delivery of an improved product, service, customer experience or performance, data needs to be scrutinised, analysed and leveraged effectively and efficiently.
Every business will manage their data in different ways, but the end result is the same; the ability to solve problems and create capabilities you may not have previously explored or even thought possible.
IoT data insights can generate many outcomes:
Use predictive algorithms to gain insights on operational challenges and issues and proactively identify network problems.
Identify new and existing categories of services and products, eliminate churn and engage with new customers.
Using sensor data, businesses that have many assets dispersed across multiple locations can plan for updates and replacements with confidence, increase efficiency and reduce costs.
Identify and extract valuable data to drive automation and improve productivity.
To counter mounting waste collection and disposal issues, municipalities and waste operators are starting to focus their attention on IoT solutions that combine intelligent sensors with logistics and data-based management platforms.
For utility companies that need every single smart meter they own to connect, regardless of where they are deployed, NB-IoT is the perfect solution.
For large construction projects to run smoothly, good communication and collaboration is a top priority.
IoT opens up a world of possibilities for retailers, whether you want to explore new business models, deliver improved efficiencies, reduce costs or move into new markets.
No company can innovate alone. That is why we have invested in the solutions and infrastructure that will support the bright ideas, the technology breakthroughs and the quick wins.
Drive IoT faster with our expertise to unite the physical and digital worlds.