Fewer accidents and no traffic jams on the roads, no more searching for parking spaces, pocket robbers are immediately identified, health sensors that measure your own state of health and immediately alert the emergency doctor in the event of anomalies, organs from the 3D printer and the end of the smartphone. The digital revolution in full swing, both in the B2C and B2B environment. The Internet of Things – the networking and the resulting cooperation of physical and virtual objects offers many possibilities and will be indispensable in the future for many companies that want to assert themselves on the market.
According to the ‘Internet of Things 2018’ study by software manufacturer SAP, one in five companies (21.1%) already uses the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) in practice. The importance of IoT in companies continues to grow: almost half of those surveyed (46.5%) now consider the topic to be important or very important.n“According to the International Telecommunication Union of the United Nations Broadband Commission, up to 5 billion people will be connected by 2020. The International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that the number of installed IoT devices and systems will increase at a growth rate of 17.5 percent to 28.1 billion by 2020.”
Not without reason. It is to be expected that IoT innovations will open up new target groups and new services and products will address previously untapped markets. The IoT will also have an enormous influence on almost all activities in the value chain in the medium term: Logistics will be coordinated, monitored and optimized more easily and cost-efficiently than before, cyber physical production systems will facilitate production by making independent decisions and carrying out its tasks as autonomously as possible. In marketing and sales, customer segments will be identified much more quickly on the basis of “data feedback” from networked products and customers will be addressed in a targeted manner on the basis of concrete data. However, the service area will experience the most profound change through IoT.
Physical products and corresponding services will be or are already inextricably linked in the future. One example of this is Kärcher. The manufacturer of cleaning devices and systems no longer only links its products as such, but also networks them with a service cloud. Buyers can thus locate their products in a clear dashboard, avoid underutilization and optimize charging rhythms via the battery status.
Implicitly it can be said that almost every larger company – no matter in which industry – has to become a software company in the medium term or has to take advantage of support in this area in order to be able to compete in the future. We at IOTIQ develop tailor-made IoT solutions and thus enable you to achieve greater efficiency, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction and much more.