Internet of Things – A Strategic Business Move
May 26, 2016 | IoT, Technology
As many as 25 Billion devices are expected to be connected by 2020 and the market size is predicted to reach a value of USD 11 Trillion. With these stats and figures in mind, let us see what IoT leaders think about this technology’s impact on business in a connected world.
A multinational corporation like Hitachi sees the IoT as one of the largest opportunities ever. This organization believes that it will generate an income as much as 200 Billion USD by IoT alone by 2020. It seems a little far-fetched goal when the organization itself is a 100 Billion USD concern but Hitachi has witnessed and understands the potential of IoT.
Hitachi is one organization which has been making sensors which would transmit data on trains, mining equipment and dozens of other industrial devices for more than 10 years now. Now, the company is making moves to deliver its Internet Of Things offerings to even more vertical markets.
Similar opportunities are awaiting a large number of organizations globally as the Internet of Things revolution takes hold. Predictions by McKinsey Global Institute state that the economic impact of IoT will reach up to USD 11 Trillion by 2025.
Besides McKinsey, research firms like Gartner have also stated that 25 billion things will be connected to the internet by 2020 which will be a giant leap from a mere 4.9 billion connected devices in 2015. One of such predictions claims that 5.5 million new things will get connected on a daily basis in 2016. This magnitude of work promises to give rise to new opportunities in form of new technologies, building partnerships and also, to develop and manage networks which will gather all this data and put it to use to give themselves a competitive edge.
1. Transforming products to products-as-a-service
GE has an estimated figure for the connected industrial machinery market. The company forecasts that this market will contribute USD 10 to 15 Trillion to the global GDP within the next 20 years.
Hitachi is one organization where sensors, bandwidth and processing power have become affordable and ubiquitous. This enables the company to install sensors in almost all machines to predict when maintenance is required.
2. Re-imaging transportation with smart mobility
A city like San Francisco is leveraging IoT in an attempt to have a fully connected “ecosystem of transportation” and be the first one to do so in the USA. This would mean connecting driverless cars and transit, cab services like Uber and Lyft and even bike sharing applications through a single platform. This would facilitate transportation planning for the residents of this city.
By using the IoT, technology gaps like these can be filled and will also help in connecting that first or last mile that’s missing, or provides mobility to the disabled which isn’t available now.
If models like these prove to be successful, then it would enable the cities to repurpose road space and parking garages in the future. This can also be used for public space, open plazas and dedicated bike or transit lanes.
3. Creating smart cities through public-private partnerships
American cities across the country are experiencing the development of smart cities with public-private partnerships coming to the fore. These partnerships are coming into existence keeping in mind the sustainability and livability goals. The concept of smart cities is based on a very simple logic of using sensors on numerous resources to collect data which helps in better-managed infrastructure – right from wirelessly managed street lamps and traffic signals to reduce energy costs, to lowering pollution levels and most importantly, public safety.
Building automation systems have been making sense of the data gathered from sensors and driving control actions for more than ten years now. Though, IoT scenarios are changing now. Mature IoT capabilities are improving electronics to enable data optimization and energy efficiency.
Besides the above-mentioned impacts, there are several other big and small effects which the Internet of Things and Big Data will have on businesses in the future.
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