The IoT: Does it Matter?
One of the most recent digital innovations regarding the flow of data is the IoT (Internet of Things) which encompasses the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The IoT is not new; however, its potential is being realized as more industries are realizing the positive impact of connectivity. Not only does it make you sound smart when you say IIoT, it’s making companies smarter and therefore more efficient. Efficiency then creates enormous opportunity for growth and profitability.
What people smarter than I have realized is that data analytics used by retailers to capture everything from a customer’s spending habits to an employee’s job output, could be used to capture machine performance. This data then can be used to predict when a machine will most likely need a part to be replaced and then replace it before it fails. Instead of doing “blind maintenance”, companies are now able to smartly maintain machines saving money and time.
Now, this is just the tip of the iceberg of what IIoT can and is doing. The need to capture the data being mined and utilized it is what companies are learning now.
How does computer hardware fit into this techno wave of the future you may ask? As more and more businesses, big and small, take part in digital transformation, the computer hardware used by your predecessors is not going to cut it.
In order to capture all this data that is being collected and then communicated to the proper device,computer hardware is needed. Not just your basic tower pc or off the shelf product found at a big box retailer will do. Ruggedized tablets and All-In-One touch computers are increasingly becoming the standard for manufacturing environment as a higher rate of connectivity is needed while using computers designed for a no-fail environment.
In addition, tablets and computers can be purchased with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which secures data stored on that unit, limiting access to important data.
IoT will continue to evolve and meet the needs of companies, like the landscape responds to an ocean. How you position yourself in terms of using this data and the computer hardware utilized for reading this data, makes all the difference.