Whether you have a small or large scale business, security should be one of the top priorities as an owner.
That’s why it’s better to be armed with technology that can give updates on almost everything without the need of human intervention.
Enter the Internet of Things (IoT) – a system of devices and living things that can connect and share information with each other securely through the cloud.
What exactly is IoT?
A lot of things out in the market today have an embedded chip inside. It can be your home appliances, your mobile phones, homes, cars, practically almost anything and everything under the sun can be embedded with a chip for IoT and sensor monitoring purposes.
IoT allows various devices to connect to a common platform via the internet. IoT sensor devices upload data about products, how they’re used, their environmental conditions, and more. These data analytics are then used to provide meaningful information to improve our daily lives and businesses in many ways.
Here’s a more detailed look at how IoT works.
It all starts with an end device or node with sensors that do ground level information processing such as water monitoring, temperature gauges, RFIDs, and even your personal smart devices. Data from the end device or nodes are then sent to routers or gateways that do information processing and sorting, securely via the internet (WiFi), Radio frequency, GSM cell networks, Bluetooth, and other networks. All of the IoT sensor information and data collected are then sent to various cloud-based applications and storage. It’s there where the data is processed, visualized, and analyzed to create predictions, alerts, and reports.
Why should business owners consider IoT?
It’s relatively easy to see the benefits of IoT for businesses. This technology allows business owners to track their products from start to finish. It also lets your organization monitor delivery and sales, as well as customer behavior at a tap of your finger. The IoT can even help businesses prepare for natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, and wild fires.
With the information gathered, businesses and government organizations can optimize workflow, shipments, sales, and prepare an emergency action plan during natural calamities. The IoT can potentially help businesses earn and save more money and lives at the same time. Not bad, right?
Take this example on how IoT helps businesses. Let’s say you own a car brand. It’s a fact that most modern cars nowadays have several sensors in them to monitor each vehicle’s movements and condition.
In the event that the check engine light blinks on, it stores the data on what’s broken in the car’s computer chip. Depending on the model, the vehicle may send a signal to the manufacturer via the internet or by connecting to a console to let them know something has happened to your car.
With the information obtained from IoT sensors, devices can send a notification to the user that there’s something wrong with the car and that they need to bring it in the shop for repairs. In addition, the manufacturer can start producing the parts needed and send it to the suggested shop to make sure it’s in stock. All of this can happen long before the car owner arrives.
From a manufacturing perspective, business owners can track their products from the production stage, to delivery, and then to the sales cycle. This gives businesses valuable insights on how to make their company even more seamless while improving their products.
Small businesses can track which products are the best sellers, customer movements, temperatures, humidities, risks, and additional sensor variables. Like the other IoT scenarios given here, the data analyzed from IoT sensor devices is used to create a better business for you, your teams, and your organization.
IoT as an emergency alarm system
IoT-based disaster management systems can be used to protect business assets, and even lives, from natural disasters and calamities.
Water monitoring systems are used to predict if a simple downpour can turn into a flash flood. Temperature sensors, smoke detectors, cameras, and other alarm monitoring devices are also used to detect fires and hurricanes.
All of the precious data collected from the different kind of sensors can help you, your teams, your community, and/or your organization make important decisions, start evacuations, and develop action plans to aid in search and rescue, as well as the recovery efforts of your business and local communities.
Sadly, not every natural disaster can be predicted. Earthquakes can happen in a blink of an eye and without prior warning. That’s where disaster management using internet of things comes in handy. According to ScienceDaily, a 2004 earthquake left damages worth $10 billion USD and killed 227,300 people from different areas in Asia. IoT systems can be placed around your community by government agencies and other businesses in order to avoid devastation of that scale.
IoT as your business security solution
Aside from natural disasters, the IoT can also be used as a security system. Various alarm monitoring services can be used and connected to build a tight IoT security solution for your business. It can be anything from security cameras, temperature sensors, door and smoke alarms, etc., as long as it can emit a signal through the internet or communicate with each other.
In addition, make sure that your devices and network are secured according to Networkworld. In 2016, a group of hackers successfully stole $81 million USD from the Central Bank of Bangladesh. The hackers managed to break into the bank’s system via a malware sent through email, which then lurked dormant for a time while gathering information about money movements at the bank. It also disabled the printer that printed the bank statements, buying the hackers time to steal the money.
Avoid this scenario from happening to your business by securing your Industrial IoT devices. When working with IoT, businesses and other organizations need to keep the best IoT security practices in mind.
With the many benefits of IoT, it only seems right that business owners make sure that they integrate Industrial IoT sensor monitoring systems in their operations. The data collected from IoT devices helps both small and large scale businesses track and improve their products and workflow, while providing an improved customer experience. In addition, this technology can also be used to make their business better secure from threats, as well as keep employees and local communities safe and sound.
A big special thanks goes out to Philip Masterson for writing up this guest blog post.
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