IoT Curator – March 2019

Another fast and exciting month has gone by in the world of the IoT (Internet of Things). We’ve selected a number of articles in this edition that cover a variety of topics related to the IoT. We hope you enjoy this issue and remember to follow us.

Why AI and IoT must work together?

AI and IoT devices are too complicated for their own good. Digitization, optimized processes, prescriptive analytics – these phrases may excite the C-suite, but for those actually using industrial machinery, following processes that have often been unchanged for decades, buzzwords that describe AI’s business potential are – well, just buzzwords.

AI & IoT

It’s all well and good for a CEO, CTO, or CDO to proclaim a sweeping policy of IoT and AI adoption, but without tangible evidence of how these technologies improve things, the people that interact directly with connected equipment are unlikely to abandon their old ways just because the boss said so. Added to this, without promoting an understanding of the entire data chain from start to finish, data could be compromised, and a company could invest time and energy digitizing operations with very little return. Employing data officers and digital natives in the boardroom may well help executives understand AI and IoT better, but these technologies need to be properly understood at every stage so that all parts of the data chain run smoothly.

By building their knowledge base from real-world experience, and injecting ‘domain expertise’ into their solution from manufacturers and technicians, Augury is trying to overcome barriers that often stop IoT and AI functioning to the best of their ability. Yoskovitz asserts that ‘really understanding people’s behavior and their interaction with technology is what we’re all about,’ and that although the C-suite might want to make sweeping changes, ‘you need engagement from your team on the [production] line to get real value.’ (Forbes.com)

The future of Retail: How IoT is transforming the Retail Industry?

The Internet of Things (IoT) technology makes this vision possible. Adopting IoT tools for the retail environment allows customers to interact both directly and indirectly with everything in the store. This presents incredible business opportunities. It can be daunting trying to step into the IoT space, though, and that fact keeps many businesses from embracing a lucrative transformation.Future of Retail

Adopting #IoT tools for the retail environment allows customers to interact with everything in the store. Though this presents incredible business opportunities, it can be daunting trying to step into the IoT space.

I expect these three areas are where we’ll see IoT technology transform retail first. However, there are plenty of other opportunities out there to provide better experiences, draw more complete data, and streamline administration through IoT. Let’s examine three of the biggest opportunities IoT technology presents for the retail environment, and how to capitalize on them. (Iotforall.com)

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Andy MacPherson, food & beverage industry manager at Festo, says that food manufacturers are beginning to embrace the concept of industrial digitalization and the potential it can offer – improving production efficiencies, reducing costs and being more responsive to customer demands. “Before embarking on the journey, it’s vital that all involved know precisely what they are seeking to achieve,“ he said. “It is important to remember that digitalization is an evolution, not a revolution,“ His advice is to plan Industry 4.0 implementation as a series of steps, focussing first on areas where it is possible to reap early benefits. “While an entire smart food factory is still some way off, genuine improvements in efficiency and quality are achievable right now by retrofitting Industry 4.0 technologies to existing production lines,“ he said.

Case Study – How FMCG Company Improve Production Line Efficiency by 8%

Smart food manufacturing will mean different things to different people. OAL visualizes it as a flexible unmanned factory from goods-in to end-of-line packaging. “Traditionally the UK food industry has relied on manual labor. However, with labor costs rising, a growing understanding of the problems of human intervention – such as cross-contamination and health & safety – and the possibilities that are opening up due to rapid advances in automation and robotics technology, it is clear that the food industry needs to start thinking about smart food manufacturing,” said Jake Norman, innovation manager at OAL. “The most important step is to gain a good understanding of the digital technologies available, this is best achieved by speaking to suppliers, systems integrators or universities,” he advises. (Controlengeurope.com)

Challenges in Traffic Control using IoT

Traffic Control using IoT

The idea behind IoT is creating a system that stores all the data on the cloud without having the need of human efforts in collecting it. It is believed that the impact of IoT on the world will be immense in the upcoming years. And, given the current trends, its effect on human life is increasing exponentially and will only continue to rise with the concept of smart cities setting in.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an interconnection of devices and services that allow a free flow of data. These devices and services can be anything, ranging from home appliances like coffee makers to commercial concerns like traffic management. All you require is integrating software with a means of internet connectivity—and there you go, taking all the benefits of what IoT has to offer.

The idea behind IoT is creating a system that stores all the data on the cloud without having the need of human efforts in collecting it. It is believed that the impact of IoT on the world will be immense in the upcoming years. And, given the current trends, its effect on human life is increasing exponentially and will only continue to rise with the concept of smart cities setting in.

Smart cities rely heavily on IoT. According to Gartner, nearly 60% of all installed IoT devices were used in commercial buildings and transportation in 2017. Yes, IoT is proving highly beneficial in combatting the alarming problem of traffic congestion. Not only it can reduce costs, but also manage the traffic in a significant way by integrating IoT technology in various traffic calming elements like traffic lights and smart parking.

Though the presence of IoT offers a cutting-edge opportunity in traffic management and solutions, it comes with certain limitations that you cannot ignore. This article highlights three critical challenges that you face while integrating IoT in the traffic management system. (Machinedesign.com)

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