Put simply, the Internet of Things is the connection between devices and networks via the internet; a collection of processes. It enables devices to ‘talk’ to each other by exchanging data for great functionality and convenience. A simple example would be your fridge knowing that you’re running low on milk through sensors, and in turn automatically adding milk to an online shopping basket, or sending you an email reminder to pick up a carton on the way home.
The Internet of Things as a concept is not a new one; there are multiple examples of localised connectivity between ‘things’. But with the enhanced capability of modern devices, mobile applications and high-speed internet connections, businesses are now in a position to leverage the Internet of Things to develop automated workflows, creating significant time and cost savings.
With the Azure IoT Suite, Microsoft is enabling businesses to enhance critical asset management through pre-configured, predictive maintenance scenarios.
Automated processes such as firing off email alerts whenever defined pre-requisites are met enable businesses to both predict and mitigate asset failure. If a service management business is regularly being informed that its production engines are running out of oil, it can investigate what the wider issue is before it has a major impact on operations.
Predictive maintenance facilitated by the Internet of Things will become transformational as it removes the traditionally labour intensive processes of checking levels and performance, which is compounded by human error; not to mention cost. The insight revealed by the Internet of Things allows users to be proactive rather than reactive within asset maintenance; focus on becoming more efficient as opposed to just staying afloat.