Originally coined by British entrepreneur Kevin Ashton in 1999 in relation to the network of objects connected to RFID, the Internet of Things (or IoT) refers to the network of physical objects embedded with electronics that allow the collection, transfer and management of data. When applied to cyber-physical systems that sit at the centre of Industry 4.0, ECA can help you fully utilise the principles of IoT – improvements in efficiency for resource and logistics, increased accuracy when it comes to service delivery, cost-saving benefits in production, and a more personalised experience for end-users.
IoT is made up of 3 main components – devices that gather data, networks that connect them and analytics that interpret the data. When all 3 work together, big data can reveal patterns, trends and associations that can relate to everything from human behaviour and traffic patterns to buying habits and energy consumption. The capture, analysis, curation and sharing of data is what fuels IoT and will help innovators in technology to design and integrate solutions across a variety of application areas. At ECA, we sit at the forefront of technological development to ensure we can help turn your idea into a fully-fledged IoT solution, with products that are uniquely designed to succeed across a variety of application areas:
- Agricultural solutions like ground condition sensors and IoT-based solution applications
- Automotive and transportation technologies including self-driving vehicles, logistical solutions and connected car platforms
- Energy management, smart grids and metering
- Healthcare applications like prescription dispensing solutions and intelligent infotainment
- Industrial, automation and manufacturing applications including sensor networks, wireless connectivity and M2M communications
- Intelligent buildings with remote management, biometric security and autonomous protocols
- Retail and advertising solutions including smart signage, intelligent lighting and ePOS systems
- Smart city applications like smart street lighting, traffic management and energy regulation
- Smart homes that can manage thermostats, lighting, air quality and security
- Wearable technology and the variety of forms it can be used in
Innovations in technology are opening avenues previously unexplored, giving manufacturers the opportunity to produce architecture that can flex and grow with the needs of their operation, with examples that include:
- Rolls Royce – with the investment in jet engine sensors, real-time data can be used to report on engine condition and can even allow for the maintenance of engines remotely.
- John Deere – utilising big data and IoT, the John Deere Field Connect system and its environmental sensors can measure air and soil temperature, wind speed, solar radiation, rainfall, wind speed and leaf wetness. This data can help farmers produce better yields and provider greater insight into soil conditions for crops.
- Blue Sense Networks – combining Bluetooth low energy with a smartphone allows for the creation of proximity engagement solutions. These can include personalised discounts and advertising in the retail market, interactive apps tailored to things you’re looking at or visiting and smart signage that activates when in range.