January 12, 2017
Sensor technology is changing modern industry. From construction and insurance to agriculture and logistics, the ability to capture granular data from the physical environment in real-time is transforming how organizations make decisions. Actionable insights on real-world assets and operations are helping companies across industrial sectors identify inefficiencies, anticipate and respond quickly to changing circumstances and maintain full oversight of the impact of their decisions. Smart, wireless sensors empower businesses with unprecedented information by replacing or complementing manual measurement and capturing data from previously unreachable locations. Inexpensive and low risk to implement, wireless sensor technology offers significant return on investment for enterprises and SMBs alike. (Here at 30MHz, we’ve seen results as impressive as 3600% ROI in the agriculture sector, and 650% ROI in space utilization).
The right solution can provide profit boosting insights with little overhead, but it needs to be able to keep up with industrial needs. So what makes an IoT solution industry-grade?
It’s more than just a puzzle piece
Though fractured solutions can be a liability for businesses of any size, they’re especially problematic at industrial scale. Enterprise customers generate data at lightning speed. The usability of that data depends on its ability to be presented and analyzed together. Metrics from various sensors should be visualized in combination. From sensors to a reliable cloud infrastructure to deep analytics— customers need an all-encompassing end to end solution. This solution should not, however, ever limit further innovation. An end to end industrial IoT platform should serve as a strategic tool, rather than a tactical asset. Though end to end, such a solution can only keep up with evolving enterprise needs through strong integrations to other technologies, and the ability to capture data from any sensor on the market.
It scales reliably
Whether you’re a growing business or an enterprise, your data needs are always expanding. The pace is not always steady in its acceleration. It’s crucial for your cloud infrastructure to sustain growth– at any speed–for years to come. In the case of a wireless sensor network, the enterprise should maintain full control over expansion, adding new combinations of sensors into the hundreds of thousands without compromising existing nodes.
Business intelligence based on real-time environmental insights brings value to stakeholders across the enterprise. It can’t (and shouldn’t) be pigeonholed to one department or position. As IoT becomes increasingly central in every business, usability is a top priority. Intuitive, user-friendly analytics dashboards and the ability to deploy without IT involvement can empower the modern business to make evidence-based decisions across the board. Moreover, an industry-grade IoT solution is designed with the understanding that human ingenuity is a top resource. It doesn’t compete with humans–it’s built to amplify human innovation and streamline processes.
It can withstand any conditions
To meet industry needs, an IoT solution must be durable to withstand the harshest elements and resilient in the most remote locations. When the value of a solution depends on real-time data, consistent uptime is non-negotiable. Whether they’ve been sealed in cold storage for six months or deployed in the middle of one of the world’s busiest ports, sensors must capture data without interruption.
It doesn’t hold your data hostage
Insights and analytics on the physical environment unlock potential for driving profits, quickly testing new operational strategies and maintaining a sustainable business model. When an organization’s data is so valuable, it should not be kept away in a black box. A truly empowering IoT solution makes customers the sole owners of their data, enabling them to export and leverage insights in any way they choose.
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