Work harder. Work faster. Work smarter. All those words wrap up into one thing — working efficiently. The less you have to work at something, the more time you have on others, and that’s the whole point of the Internet of Things.
The IoT is designed to help automatise different aspects of a job or a task and give that information to you in real time. It can be as simple as “how cold is this ice cream” or as complex as computing how much inventory ice cream is left, how fast the ice cream is being sold, how much time is expected of having that ice cream left, and then sending out a truck which will take just enough time to get there so that you’re restocked with your raspberry fruity twist ice cream, fresh and from the freezer just in time.
How this works is entirely specific to the industry though and can help in a number of ways. For instance, if your company is exceptionally labour intensive then perhaps you’d do best in using the IoT to determine your own most efficient employees that get the most products out with the fewest mistakes. A sensor in a conveyor belt determines how many products are sent out, and a sensor at whatever quality checking station you might have would help to determine their overall quality assurance.
Without this sort of system, you’re stuck with plain numbers written up by Bob, Joe, or Sue which they themselves got from the floor manager that happened to catch James over there slacking off. It’s inefficient and frankly far from a perfect system. But if you can look up at your computer screen in real time and see who’s sending out 50 boxes a minute compared to this guy doing only 4, then look back at previous records to see he’s been having poor numbers all week, then not only do you have a system that works, but you have a system that isn’t biased and is instantaneous.
If you’re using a system that focuses more on machinery, the IoT can help with that as well! Whether it be setting up delivery times to be spot on with when the trucks are coming out and also speeding up or slowing down machine output speeds to correlate with rushed shipping, you can easily do it all with just a few clicks of a button. See your inventory, see your production, see your trucks pulling up, getting stocked, and being away in mere minutes. You can even have text alerts set up should a problem arise with one of your machines.
No matter what industry you work in, it’s almost a guarantee that it can be made more efficient with the help of the IoT. Now’s the time to invest and reap the benefits for years to come.