Enterprise: The nexus of Smart Cities and IIoT
If smart homes and networked appliances are where IoT is most tangible and realised for the public, enterprise is where ideas get a chance to scale. We could view enterprise as the smart home writ large, or as the smart city in a microcosm – where IoT becomes IIoT.
Enterprise is the new driving force of IoT. Why? This is where decision makers with budgets that can handle cutting edge tech are to be found, and it’s a buyer’s market right now. With an optimised supply chain thanks to IIoT, more power rests with the end user, and that’s the CIO or CEO in enterprise.
In enterprise, we see the best aspects of the smart home played out over a city with the data knowledge of an optimised logistics industry to power it. Domestic ideas can scale and realise their full potential. Optimised heating, lighting, virtual PAs, stress-free meetings just as a start.
Networked hardware can be rolled out as the workforce becomes a testbed for bigger smart city initiatives. And it’s clear that the bigger players in software are embracing not just the IoT in general, but its interoperability elements too, as this Microsoft page attests.
We mentioned it before, but Singapore is still a city at the cutting edge of IoT. Aside from smart bins, networked traffic lights and open data initiatives, Virtual Singapore is the next iteration of smart city modelling and a functioning example of IoT collaboration and a successful public-private partnership.
When you need to plan ahead for epidemic containment or natural disaster management, why not do it on a 1:1 scale, rendered model of a real-life city where you can extrapolate the timeline too?
From the IIoT side, UPS is one example of a business that’s been up and running with tech to optimise their supply chain for more than three years. Recognising the power of data analysis and aggregation, multiple sensors track engine health, route planning and other crucial info to keep the company at the top of the logistics food chain.
So what of the future for enterprise? Jeremy Hindle who is co-founder of Headstart, the machine learning-based recruitment app, and his extensive experience in the industry has given him a good idea of where he thinks an IoT-zenabled enterprise might be headed:
“We may see more deep machine learning over time as it becomes increasingly accessible to less technically able businesses.”
So the spread and power of IoT will only increase, thanks to both IIoT and smart city advancements. In time, enterprise is where we will see the most successful IoT ideas thrive and grow. It’s an environment that has the drive, the scale and the budget to make a success of the latest IoT research and prototypes.
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