In the previous post, we listed mobile enterprise services business should look out for in 2017 (and one to avoid). Among them was bringing the Internet of Things (IoT) to the enterprise environment. Now, we take a closer look at the ways IoT is a smart solution for large organizations.
Back in 1928, the eminent economist John Maynard Keynes hypothesized that by 2028 people would work no more than three hours a day. Keynes also noted that a workday this short wouldn’t be necessary. Looking at the modern world, it is fair to say the arrival of a three-hour workday is better to be re-scheduled. The intriguing question is, where we should look in the calendar — the past, the near future, or beyond 2028?
If we take a closer look at the possibilities the Internet of Things (IoT) would bring to our lives on different levels, ensuring simplicity through interconnectivity of almost every device we use, the prospect of a shorter working day coming soon does not seem improbable. Everything would become smart and connected — the cities, the enterprise, and the entertainment.
Smart City of Milton Keynes
In the pursuit of sustaining economic growth, infrastructure capacity, and carbon dioxide reduction targets, the council of UK city Milton Keynes decided on a grandiose smart city project. Among the many features is an open, city-wide network for machine-to-machine communications and IoT. The network is based on the Weightless communications standard and is capable of coping with a wide array of sensors, static and mobile alike. The network would help monitor many processes, including the availability of parking spaces and when the city’s trash bins need to be emptied. Prominently, this smart city project is aimed to attract the minds of innovators and will serve as a testing ground for commercial applications.
IoT Smart Solution for Agriculture
Smart cars are arriving into our lives. Tesla and Google are vigorously working on automated vehicles, and Ford is already putting its in-vehicle SYNC3 software to use (Meople, the company Intellectsoft acquired, has developed Meople Connector, a social app for SYNC AppLink enabled vehicles). If smart cars are on their way, how about making other vehicles intelligent, for example, tractors? One of the world’s oldest agricultural machinery manufacturers, John Deere, has already given the green light to this possibility. The industry giant uses its own iPad app, IoT sensors, wireless communications, and cloud apps to make agricultural operations more efficient. The sensors transmit data via Wi-Fi (or other wireless technology) to iPads in the vehicle cabs, where operators can leverage up-to-minute information to make the right adjustments. A great example of implementing smart software solutions into a big business.
IoT Smart Solutions with Wristbands
Some people may reject smart devices like wristband as the second daily driver after a smartphone, but big brands leverage their potential at full stretch. The ever growing entertainment business of Disney uses MagicBands in its Disney World amusement parks. This smartband contains RFID tags and allows visitors to check in, buy food, and get fast pass to park’s attractions by simply tapping the receiver with the smart device. As for Disney, the corporation uses the bands to determine which areas are most popular and which are the least visited. Therefore, a Disney World park can be called a small smart city from a certain perspective.
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