Five Tips for Maximizing Value of IoT Investments

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Look Beyond IT

One of the new realities for IT is that – because the technologies that comprise the IoT are embedded in various systems and hardware – IoT-based devices and networks are popping up across the enterprise – from wearables to buildings and everywhere in between.

In the case of the building, next-generation lighting is bringing the IoT into many organizations. Densely deployed throughout buildings and urban landscapes, smart, connected and sensor-rich light fixtures are already becoming the most ubiquitous IoT devices. These next-generation lights are being selected and deployed by facility managers to help meet lighting and efficiency goals, but the data they collect can pay dividends throughout the organization – if it is leveraged and managed.

With intelligent lighting in warehouse environments, for example, managers are using data from embedded sensors to gain new visibility into inventory management and operator traffic patterns across the facility. Viewing the data overlaid onto an occupancy map provides floor supervisors the visibility they need to rearrange inventory placement. In turn, this improves operator and site productivity, in addition to ancillary benefits such as reducing the distance lift trucks travel – decreasing the need to recharge frequently, especially at peak demand times.

The question, then, is where is the IoT in your enterprise?

As with any new technology trend, the Internet of Things (IoT) opens tremendous opportunities across the enterprise, but raises a number of questions, as well. In fact, the IoT really isn't a technology, itself, but a label that has been applied to a collection of technologies – sensors, networking, and Big Data – that are being leveraged for new applications and business benefits. The question is how do you unlock the promise of the IoT to deliver tangible, long-term benefits to your business?

Yolonda Smith, application engineer at Digital Lumens and former cyberspace defense officer in the U.S. Air Force, brings a unique perspective on how early adoption of IoT technologies can influence existing business practices and assumptions. Read on for her tips, tricks and best practices for gaining the most value.


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