The Internet of things is one of the most trendy and disruptive technologies of our modernity. Thanks to this, both data management, as well as the creation of new business models, are two possible aspects of our human outlook. We are experiencing a great change in the technological paradigm of the 21st century. Companies of all sort of industries are implementing transitions towards more intelligent models in which productivity and efficiency are much more prominent than in previous times. At this moment, it is unthinkable to work for any company without an Internet connection. In the future, for any company, it will be unthinkable to operate without basically all the objects composing it being connected to the Internet.
Even, there are people who not only talk about the Internet of things but the Internet of everything. In fact, the Internet of things will only be a middle ground between what we are now and what we will be in decades as humanity.
Connectivity is no longer restricted only to computers and printers but any object of our daily use. Even the medical implants that are being produced today are also connected to the Internet. The key question here, then, is how to adapt to this new trend. Let’s see some steps that every company should take in this regard.
First, it is important to acquire machines with Internet access, not only to save costs and make the processes much more efficient due to the coordination between them but for the production of data that each machine can generate at any stage of the productive process. The information collected in these points allows to know the existence of errors in the supply chain and, of course, that information can be used to implement improvements in any step of it.
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We live in an era of hyper-connectivity. It is fundamental that all the information which is produced thanks to all the objects connected to the Internet can be stored, and then interpreted to become valuable information. It is vital to remember that there is nothing more treasured than information in our days. All companies will have access to a huge amount of information if all their devices are connected to the Internet. This information will be useful to adapt to the needs of the market and to better meet the needs of customers.
One of the fundamental requirements to implement the Internet of things in any organization is that the devices are increasingly smaller and that the processors inside are also small. In order for anything to be literally connected to the internet, a large number of powerful processors of small size are highly necessary. Without this, this project would simply not be possible. The processors of smartphones, for example, are smaller and more powerful every day. Nobody thought that a single smartphone was more powerful than the best computer in the mid-1990s but it happened. In the same way, processors, sensors, and networks will be too.
On the other hand, it is necessary that every single thing has an identity within the network. That is, each device must be clearly identified with an IP, and what is recommended at this point is an IPv6, with a greater capacity for Internet connection.
Providing the ability to communicate on the Internet means that Wi-Fi networks must be much more powerful in an organization. All sensors must be correctly connected 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Otherwise, the Internet of things is not possible.
Of course, all devices must be controlled and directed from the same control panel. For this task, smart screens are a must. These screens allow you to connect to many devices from the television and can be controlled even from a smartphone app.
To make all processes much more efficient, it is also necessary for machines to be more and more skilled. Machine learning is a requirement for the Internet of things to flow according to the particularities of each user and environment. Machines are tremendously good to identify and adapt to the particularities of each user organization, to the point that they can know us better than we think we know ourselves.
Finally, it is fundamental to implement security systems that prevent the theft of information and the access of strangers to the networks of your organization. When it comes to computer security, the money paid will never be too much. Keep in mind that the more dependent we are on the Internet, the physical world and the virtual world will end up melting into the same dimension at some point in the future. This means, among thousands of things, that crime will move from the physical world to the virtual one, and therefore, it is necessary to take practical measures.
More and more companies are using this technology to make their products more intelligent. This allows everyday objects to have more possibilities to interact with their environments. But this also allows companies to know first-hand the user or consumer experience.