How IoT apps help companies scale for success
IoT applications facilitate rapid expansion of modern businesses. From research and design to manufacturing, warehousing, logistics and all points on the supply chain, the IoT can help streamline and speed processes, evaluating situations in real time and predicting bottlenecks before they even occur. IoT-connected devices help visionaries, enterprise magnates and consumers alike benefit from the vast amount of data being generated every microsecond all around us.
Since nearly everything is now driven by data, from what foods your local fast food joint serves and at what times of day to how much you'll pay for car insurance next year, imagine how beneficial IoT is to business growth. Many people are calling how IoT is changing the game "the fourth revolution" and naming IoT collectively as "Industry 4.0," according to TechRepublic.
One of the key drivers of IoT connectivity is the popularity of mobile apps. An app performs like a hyper-speed, super-powered version of your website, delivering a streamlined experience in a tiny package that doesn't slow you down. When you develop an app for your business and deploy it with an IoT-connected device, you charge it up even more. Consumers love apps because they can do anything they need to do right from their mobile device, whether that is ordering food, booking a salon appointment, depositing a check or paying a bill.
IoT systems are to companies what simple mobile apps are for the average customer. A manager can track what is going on on the production floor in real time and get an alert if a piece of equipment isn't performing at maximum capacity. IoT devices can help monitor and regulate temperature controls for sensitive products, map the route a delivery will take and adjust for traffic, and send signatures and confirmations from the field to headquarters with the tap of a button. It's estimated by IoT For All that there will be 64 million connected devices on the IoT by 2025.
IoT at home
A perfect example of an IoT mobile app is one that controls a smart home. You can generate a code for your front door's smart lock and text it to your neighbor so she can walk your dog. You can turn lights on and off while on vacation so it looks like someone is home. You can turn on the oven, check the contents of your refrigerator, and even make sure the heat kicks on before you get home from work in the winter so you walk into a warm house but managed to save energy all day.
IoT at work
IoT applications inside of organizations can boost productivity significantly, by taking on the responsibility of monitoring and freeing up time for human workers to accomplish more tasks. Employees themselves can be monitored to see where bottlenecks are found in their work environment, and solutions created that help them maximize each minute. When you're trying to grow your company fast, scalability is key, and with IoT to help, your workforce can rise to new heights. The simplicity of many IoT devices is that they are intuitive and easy to learn, so incoming staff can quickly get up to speed.
You'll need to have strong IoT infrastructure securely in place to meet the demands of interconnected applications. As your employee base and customer base grow, you want to be able to continually scale with ease — Perle offers networking tools that keep IoT devices functional and transmitting data around the clock. Find out more about the Internet of Things and how Perle supports scaling your company today.