It has been predicted that there will be over 20 billion devices capable of connecting to the internet by 2020, but what does this mean for business and industry?
It has been predicted that 85% of B2B firms will implement or at least plan to implement Internet of Things (IoT) into their operations in some form this year. This will help drive efficiency in the workplace, connect teams with greater speed, and personalise or tailor individual experiences.
Adoption in the manufacturing, healthcare, retail and utilities is expected to see the largest growth, as opportunities for innovation and optimisation are excellent in these industries. The challenge is in convincing the small percent who are used to more traditional ways of working that change will improve their working conditions and output, as opposed to hinder them.
IoT enabled devices provide much more than the ability to connect to the internet. Having a network of devices that are all able to communicate with each other and automate processes is particularly useful in areas of industry such as manufacturing, logistics and haulage. We expect to see many more hardware and software solutions arise in 2019 for these particular sectors. Simpler access to data should also be attractive to certain industries and will help companies streamline their process, as predictability will be much more accurate.
Digital signage, or electronic video screens have many uses, particularly in corporate and industrial environments. In 2019, we expect to see digital signage used in these spheres to help diversify and optimise current working processes, as well as being used in creative ways to help communicate with employees across multiple sites and push out information and content when required. When looking at IoT, much of the focus is on hardware, which is of course the necessary component. However with certain devices, such as digital signage, users also require usable software to help manage them. Conceptunet are providers and installers of high quality digital signage, and are partnered with digital signage software company SignStix to help deliver a complete solution to our clients. SignStix’s user-friendly and comprehensive package allows for simple content creation and publication to enable effective communication via digital screens.
If you would like more information on how your company can utilise the internet of things to enhance your operations, please get in touch. We’d be glad to help find the best solution for you.