From a smart coffee maker to a smart large-scale industrial unit – the internet of things (IoT) will digitally transform everything.
According to research firm Gartner, 25 billion connected things will be in use by 2021. The hyper connected era will not only transform devices, homes and cites – but also lead the enterprise towards the next phase of digital transformation.
The technology has massive growth opportunities for industries and users across the world. According to IDC estimates, the global spending on IoT across markets was USD 737 billion in 2016. This will reach USD 1.229 trillion (at a CAGR of 15.6 percent) by 2020.
However, gaps do exist between the IoT proof of concept stage and a successful implementation. To realize an IoT action plan, the CIO needs to address project viability in terms of technical skills, scalability, trusted hardware, security and the most important one – will it lead to enhanced user experience and ease of operations?
To ensure the success of Industry 4.0 and the next phase of digital transformation, IoT implementations need to be innovative, easy to implement, and secure.
IoT in a box for the smart CIO
To address the enterprises’ need for actionable and functional IoT, TeamViewer, one of the leading providers of remote connectivity solutions, recently rolled out an IoT Starter Kit. As the name suggests, it enables the IT team to kick-start an IoT application, while avoiding the hassle of conceptualization and high investments.
The idea behind the IoT Starter Kit is to empower enterprises to build their own IoT use cases, and not be intimidated by the scale or different aspects of the technology.
TeamViewer IoT Starter Kit comprises of
1 x Dell 3001 Edge Gateway that includes industry connectivity standards.
3 x Bosch XDK110 multi sensors containing the following eight sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, sensors for humidity, pressure, temperature, acoustic, and light intensity.
1 x TeamViewer IoT 6-month license including IoT remote monitoring and control via the TeamViewer IoT Cloud as well as edge management and visualization capabilities.
Power supply, wiring, sensor provisioning and bespoke on boarding services.
Some of the concerns that CIOs have while crafting an IoT project are – Is my infrastructure capable enough? Will this involve an infra overhaul? Do I have the right analytics tools to take full advantage of the data? Do I have the right developers or talent to execute this at scale? How will it impact the security posture of the organization? Will the end result lead to operational efficiency and add business value?
The IoT solution can be instantly deployed through the cloud and managed from anywhere in the world. It empowers CIOs to remotely monitor, live control, manage, and virtually troubleshoot any device including machinery or robots.
Easy availability of device data through TeamViewer’s cloud ensures CIOs don’t have to worry about revamping their organization’s infrastructure to implement an IoT initiative.
One of the important features of the IoT Starter Kit is easy of deployment and scaling capability. It also integrates easily with existing IoT platforms.
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Through its predictive maintenance capability, an organization can use the vibration or temperature sensor to detect any anomalies in machine behaviour.
In case there is something wrong, the IT team can connect in real-time and interact with the device to troubleshoot it from anywhere in the world.
To illustrate another use case, the IoT solution can be used to monitor a smart farm through humidity and temperature sensors. Similarly, alerts can be set up to track parcels - to check if optimum storage temperatures are being maintained.
In another interesting application, the vibration sensor can be used for intrusion detection at home, whereas the temperature and light sensor can help track energy consumption.
These use cases point at one key patterns – The future will be connected. And IoT will be the playground where other digital technologies can come in and create the perfect growth opportunity for enterprises. Now’s the time for IT leaders to jump on the IoT bandwagon.