In recent blog posts, we have covered many aspects of operating in the past, current and future digital world. We have discussed how to improve the first step of entering that digital world, with better creation and management of alphanumeric passwords. We have shared the history, pro’s and cons of moving beyond pesky passwords to alternative means of identity verification. Then we have talked about how each of us, on a personal and professional level, are already beginning to use the “Internet of Things”. And the last 2 weeks we have briefly reviewed how robotics are and will be integrating with the IoT.
All of these posts have been informative and definitely fuel the imagination. But, how does a business go from the casual use of several phone apps to a full-blown integration of Internet of Things solutions, to even employing a security UGV to patrol the company warehouse at night?
At the point that this question becomes relevant for a business, Margie Gurwin, Director of IPVideo Corporation shares that, “First and foremost, businesses have to embrace a network-centric philosophy, not just for the obvious things that all companies use their network for, but for non-traditional solutions as well. In other words, the IT management team has to be willing to use the company’s network, or install a parallel network, to support an ever expanding range of functions that have not traditionally fallen under their area of responsibility. If decision makers within different departments in a company continue to evaluate new products and solutions in isolation and do not take into account their potential for “connectivity”, the company – as a whole – will ultimately be limited in how extensively it can take advantage of new IoT innovations.”
Great, so how do businesses move in this direction?
Having a vision in place certainly helps. This is sometimes difficult, as technology is evolving so quickly, it’s often challenging to anticipate where IoT functionality might arise. However, examples of where network based solutions might make sense include:
- Phone systems
- Security solutions
- Audio/video communication systems
- Inventory control
- Fleet monitoring
- Parking management
And, of course, IT has to be kept in the loop as investments like these are considered, as all this data will be riding on “their” network.
Ultimately, having systems making use of the network will be a prerequisite to allow them to “talk” to each other, thereby providing additional functionality and intelligence responses. And when that happens, the IoT will be truly be delivering on its potential.