Chances are your small business already uses Internet of Things technology for day-to-day tasks. Smartphones, for instance, have become a standard tool for any businessperson to stay on top of emails, projects, finances, and processes. And now, IoT and cloud networks provide seamless interaction between managers and employees with smartphones, computers, and IoT hardware to streamline workflow companywide.
Building automation systems allow people to monitor power usage, hardware malfunctions, and even control when and how lights, air conditioners, and security systems operate over the course of a typical business day. Since 2000, a majority of commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings have been built with at least some kind of basic automation system installed. Within the past decade, use of Internet of Things / machine-to-machine technology in building automation systems has resulted in more affordable, flexible, and customizable automation for large buildings than ever before.
Back in August 2012, AT&T announced that it would be shutting down 2G GSM services (including GPRS and EDGE packet-data) by January 1, 2017. The reasons for this technological sunset have to do with various historical and business issues that drive the cellular industry.
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When creating and managing an Internet of Things / machine-to-machine deployment, you’ll want to integrate analytics from the start so you can gain the most value from your investment. Gathering data in real-time helps businesses analyze and decide what optimal actions to take.
Low-power wide-area (LPWA) networks are essential for the future of wide-scale industrial, city, and business Internet of Things and machine-to-machine applications. With LPWA networks, municipalities will be able to track traffic conditions, public parking vacancies, and resource usage more effectively and efficiently than ever before at lower cost. Cities can increase emergency response times, lower energy and resource usage, and improve traffic and parking conditions. Factories and warehouses will better monitor performance and diagnostics of machines and track shipments, cutting down on maintenance costs and lost or late shipments. Farms will be able to see exactly where their soil is dry and how their harvesters are operating, increasing overall production yield. These IoT sectors require huge numbers of connected, stationary devices over a wider area than Bluetooth or Wi-Fi networks can handle. LPWA networks share the same goals: affordable, sustainable tracking for wide-range IoT applications.
Don’t let its cute-sounding name or common uses fool you, Bluetooth is a serious technology for Internet of Things applications. Developed by Ericsson in 1994, Bluetooth uses short-wavelength UHF waves between 2402 and 2480 MHz. Widely known as the best wireless transmission technology for audio, and the ubiquitous solution for hands-free calling in automobiles, Bluetooth is making waves in consumer and business IoT where device-to-device communication needs to be fast, easy, and wireless. Bluetooth won’t support every IoT need, but the sheer number of Bluetooth-enabled devices on the market and the ease of programming Bluetooth compatible applications makes it an important technology to familiarize yourself with as your business implements IoT solutions.
The eye in the sky is now connected to the Internet of Things. Some may think that’s creepy, but video surveillance is a necessity for high-security operations such as financial institutions and in crowd control situations. Even smaller-scale businesses such as retail shops and construction sites find video surveillance useful to prevent theft. According to Transparency Market Research, the global video surveillance and VSaaS market has is projected to grow at CAGR of 17.0% from 2016 to 2024. This market earned about $21 billion worldwide in 2015 and is expected to hit $88 billion by 2024. IP-based video surveillance is a big and growing part of this business – it’s is expected to grow rapidly at a CAGR of 24.2%.
Gartner reports that 6.4 billion connected ‘things’ are currently in use worldwide as of 2016, and this number will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. As you get connect your IoT devices, you’ll want to understand how the Internet of Things works, from sensors to connectivity to IoT platforms. You don’t need to be an engineer yourself, but even as a project manager or executive, basic guidance on how the systems work together will empower you to create your own IoT deployment that reduces operating costs or increases revenue.
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Plain old billboards are so 20th century. These days, digital signs are what capture the eyeballs, whether it’s to sell a luxury car, publish the lunch specials, or announce an arriving train. Digital signage is now used anywhere traditional signs and billboards once were used, including government and public spaces, hospitality, sports arenas, corporate communications, public transportation, and, of course, retail.
The ring of mechanical cash registers is as old-fashioned as delivery by horse and buggy in this Internet age. But simply having a connected point-of-sale (POS) system in your retail establishment doesn’t mean your payment methods are future-proofed. As customer expectations change and competition increases, businesses have to adapt to the latest technology to keep up, expand, and grow. Key to meeting these challenges is high speed, high data connectivity with 4G LTE cellular as the backbone of your point-of-sale system.