If providers want to successfully address healthcare quality and healthcare costs, they will require access to on-site data, and take advantage of the ability to analyze data at the edge and in the cloud.
Automation continues to gradually make its way into the mainstream. For example, commercials depicting homeowners monitoring their home remotely, setting thermostats based on useage and programming lights and music is quite mainstream, showcasing some of the nifty every day uses of machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and IoT gateways.
When customers stop to buy gas, their focus is typically making sure they have the fuel they need to get where they are going. As a secondary aim, they may also want to get their cars washed or stock up on cool beverages and hearty snacks. While these might seem like goals for the traveler, they require significant considerations from petroleum retailers. That is where a M2M gateway comes into play.
Most drivers are intimately familiar with the maddening experience of riding around a few square blocks endlessly, looking for a place to park. Particularly in urban centers, finding an empty space can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. To add insult to injury, drivers who rush to an appointment and park without carefully reading regulations may come back to find a costly ticket awaiting. How will M2M and IoT gateways change the parking landscape?
Can you picture walking into your kitchen after work and saying, "Refrigerator: Give me a recipe I can make with my current inventory of food"? What about, "Oven: Preheat to 350 degrees"? These are functions that modern technology, including inexpensive Iot gateways, makes possible, and that retailers hope to market soon.
Picture this. One unfortunate homeowner who was also a specialist in restoring old Porsches came home one winter’s day to find his prized high-performance vehicle in his garage encased in several inches of ice after a water pipe froze and burst. The temperature was so low and the water loss so severe that the weight of the ice caused tires on the Porsche to burst. That’s cold—and that’s the price of water damage, which is the second most common cause of homeowner loss.
The Internet of Things (IoT), the idea that all devices that can benefit from connectivity will ultimately be connected, is already re-shaping industries like education, healthcare, facilities management and industrial processing. When machines can “talk” to each other—and connectivity is at an all-time high—they can perform a variety of functions without human intervention, leaving employees free to complete other pressing tasks and allowing for automatic data capture as well.
As the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine to Machine (M2M) and IoT gateways dawns, automation offers businesses the chance to conserve resources by letting machines communicate and complete tasks without human intervention. Server automation hasn't been the focus of any AT&T commercials and probably isn't quite as well-understood as other automation applications, such as those for security, lighting or HVAC. It does, however, hold great value for businesses willing to invest in the technology.
The industrial processing sector is rife with challenges not present in other verticals. Extremely harsh physical environments, complex machinery and tremendous energy consumption make the industry unique in its technology needs. This is where the building automation and IoT gateways can come into play.
Historically, the grocery industry has been amongst the slowest verticals to embrace building automation. After all, the sector— known for its thin margins— was hesitant to spend money on warehouse, distribution center and storefront location automation systems.
Robert Lutz is the vice president of marketing and business development at Systech Corporation. Mr. Lutz has presented at various conferences and technical seminars, and contributed to several industry organizations such as SNIA, IEEE, and ANSI. Mr. Lutz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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