The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most talked about trends in the IT industry. It is touted as a way to make companies more efficient and streamlined, and is at the centre of big data use.
But getting involved in the IoT can be daunting as there are major hurdles to overcome and no clear way to get started.
To help solve these problems, V3 has gathered eight tips from analysts and industry experts that should guide forward-thinking IT and digital leaders in embracing the IoT with success.
8. Join the IT dots
Building an IoT environment stuffed full of sensors is one thing. Ensuring that they can all be controlled easily by a central system is another.
Tim Ensor, head of connected devices at Cambridge Consultants, explained that this is often overlooked.
“It’s assumed to be easy because we’re all so used to smartphones, WiFi, Bluetooth and so on, but in a lot of applications that we get involved with it's far more challenging than people realise,” he told V3.
Ensor advised businesses to acknowledge this difficulty and set up a robust central control system from the outset.
An example of this can be seen in Cambridge Consultants’ recent work with Ocado to create a wireless network in a new fulfilment centre to allow 1,000 robots to 'talk' to each other and a central system as they move around the environment (above).
There are also ‘out-of-the-box’ products, such as Microsoft’s cloud-powered Azure IoT Hub, that act as middleware to connect IoT devices to back-end systems.
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