IoT in Automation – Benefits & Impact
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Since the emergence of IoT, there has been a lot of noise in the market. As it has proved to be the turning point for IoT market growth, IoT has changed life in many ways, from the way we shop and travel to the way manufacturers control and handle inventory. The way farmers keep track of their livestock and the government can keep track of the public sector. It has gone from an incredible concept to an essential aspect of our reality.
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What is the Internet of Things?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a massive, digitally linked universe. It is a connection of billions of physical devices all over the world that capture and exchange data about how they are utilized and their surroundings.
These objects have internet access, software, sensors, and other hardware that allows them to communicate with other systems and devices through the internet.
Its power is not just limited to smartphones and computers, but it uses the data from dumb machines to make an ordinary household object smarter than one can ever think of! For smartwatches, self-driving cars, automated bulbs, and lights, we covered with automation intelligence.
Benefits of Automation in IoT
Increased Uptime & no Human involvement required.
Uptime is operational business hours. The business hours of any company are fixed to a limited time frame, which means the productivity will also be limited to the operational hours. One will need extra resources to operate the business 24*7. And therefore more costs will be required to involve more labor.
When your business processes are automated, the employees will not have to check operational processes every second. And your business can run hassle-free round the clock as per your requirements.
It is difficult and time-consuming for an engineer to check each process of software or factory machinery. Hence, the software bots can be used to detect the faults and intimate the engineer so that they can quickly fix the issue and get the machinery running.
By reducing errors in manual entries and processes, companies especially, manufacturers can reduce the huge risk associated with manual labor aka human error. Thanks to IIoT industrial IoT solutions that empower the manufacturers to digitize every part of their business processes.
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Not only does it save the business from operational and manufacturing errors, but it also reduces the risk of data breaches and cybersecurity breaches caused by human error.
Devices and programs integrated with AI and ML can do much of the computing tasks themselves. Hence, removing the risk of simple mistake blunder and endangering the manufacturer’s data.
Operational Efficiency & Increased Productivity
Efficiency is the foundation for the increased productivity that helps companies grow their sales. To leverage the benefits of IoT in their company is to use it to cut down on repetitive or time taking tasks.
In asset management and supply chain companies, IoT and automation, bring intelligence with their sensors, simulation, and scanning technologies. These assist businesses in supplementing current technologies like barcodes with passive radio-frequency identification (RFID) like a global positioning system (GPS) for equipment and quick management and tracker tags for cycle counts.
Improved Safety Compliance
For workplace- Integrating sensors at the workplace can protect the employees from any hazardous situation by detecting the forthcoming failure and alerting the maintenance personnel.
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For Business- Businesses dealing with perishable goods need better compliance, to ensure that the food is safe for human consumption. IoT in automation maintains the temperature threshold of the refrigerated food; to ensure that the temperature does not good too high or too low.
For Factories- The combination of automation and IoT will provide information on each component of the manufacturing process to lessen accidents and improve productivity in factories where manufacturers automate maintenance reporting and diagnostics.
Established Access Control
IoT (Internet of Things) and automation can operate together to control security systems. An integrated solution will identify approved users and open and lock doors to high-risk locations like bank vaults. The technologies may also limit or grant access to unique machinery.
IoT and automation can help with enforcement, performance, protection, and other long-standing issues in this way.
Enhance Customer Experience
Integrating sensors and location for businesses, especially retail stores, can help them gain useful insights about customer behavior, and likewise, you can improve your skills to enhance customer experience.
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Customers in 2020 have expectations towards businesses: they want to be able to communicate with you through their devices, whether it is via an automated chatbot or a dedicated app.
Systematic Building Functionality
Office buildings can also be made more effective by automating their environmental requirements, such as fire alarm, lighting, humidity regulation, and other factors. There is no need to configure the smart devices to operate once the bots learn the behaviors and interests of the staff in each area of the building.
Businesses can use geofencing and location technology to see which places have the most in-store traffic & make smart decisions about inventory, layout, and in-store and digital product & service promotions. They will also show the types of customers that come to the location at various times of day and throughout the year.
Enhanced Public Sector operations
IoT in automation will provide several benefits to governments and service-related industries. IoT applications can assist public sector services in traffic management, public safety, resource management, and city governance.
In the healthcare sector, automation in IoT can help doctors, healthcare professionals, and medical personnel to detect/monitor hazardous conditions.
It can also be helpful for the hospital admin department to manage the available beds, ambulance, etc. for the patients.
Impact of IoT on automation
The main goal of using the IoT in the automation industry is to be able to replace humans in potentially hazardous work conditions and tasks. So far, its impact has been helpful, and the outcomes seem to be encouraging. With the use of the IoT in the automation industry, and industrial revolution appears to be on the horizon.
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Let us find out how the Internet of Things (IoT) has impacted industrial IoT solutions.
This intelligent technology is capable of collecting your daily data and can be seamlessly used in many verticals. IoT products have made every individual’s life easier as it simplifies daily life routine tasks for a businessman or a household person.
By implementing IoT devices at home can automate many parts of our home like smart music & lights (lights that can turn off automatically when you are not in a room or maybe a light that turns on when you clap, sound familiar?), smoke detectors, temperature regulator(they can regulate your indoor temperature as required),
IoT Gateway Devices
IoT Gateways serve as a connection between the IoT Sensor Network and the Cloud Server.
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IoT Gateway Applications are gaining traction as key components in the Internet of Things as the next-generation devices (IoT). They aid in the integration of communications protocols, data storage management and edge analytics, and the safe flow of data between edge devices and the cloud.
IIoT Development Kits
By implementing IoT development Kits, the architects, IoT developers, and engineers can work in a Premium quality design environment and can considerably expedite the design, development, and delivery of IoT applications.
IoT solutions can help businesses gain and retain a competitive edge in their industry. You will improve staff efficiency and lower costs by using the resources available, allowing the company to operate at a higher capacity and have a better customer experience. The impact of IoT on automation has surely been a boon for the IoT market growth. New or old, every business is leveraging the benefits of IoT because of its great properties.
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Industrial IoT application attached to the devices, equipment, and sensors on the shop floor provides the required visibility into production to process engineers or admin personnel. Manufacturers, for example, may use sensors like RFID and brake beams to track parts as they pass via installations.
It is estimated that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet of Things by 2020. We will concentrate on the rise of IoT in the automation industry. When automation systems, sensors, and actuators become Internet-enabled devices, the primary motivation for automation in IoT is to dramatically reduce running costs.
IoT aids in the streamlining, collapsing, & development of efficient, cost-effective, and responsive system architectures. The main goal is to establish frictionless communications and interaction from manufacturing field input/output, such as analyzers, actuators, and robotics.