What you need to know about the Internet of Things

What you need to know about the Internet of Things

What you need to know about the Internet of Things

Where the technology is heading and how you can leverage opportunities

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the technology innovation that promises to reinvent many industries, from manufacturing to health care. Not only does the IoT bring new capabilities, it also ignites a totally new way of thinking about communication, data and inter-connectivity.

Beyond the consumer
The consumer-driven products are receiving most of the media. The ability to turn on/off various "things" in your home from a remote location are some of the applications that first gained attention. A smart car that will alert the driver when service is needed and assist with geo-navigation are the other common cases. While these consumer applications are gaining attention now, the Business-to-Business application promises to bring more even greater tangible benefits. Keeping a manufacturing plant running without disruption, monitoring environmental conditions of shipping conditions with fresh produce, monitoring security of public spaces, and helping patients with chronic conditions live independently are among the high impact applications.

Early adopters
Early adopters of Internet of Things technologies will face many benefits, from being heralded as industry pioneers to establishing new best practices and defining new types of revenue streams. Skeptics may be wondering how one trend can bring such disruption? The answer is simple: IoT is far from a simple trend. It is the culminating force of multiple technologies—all connecting to streamline communication and automate action.

What and why?

The Internet of Things connects people, processes, and machines by using smart sensors and the language of the internet to share data and initiate automated responses. Smart sensors are the building blocks. The proliferation of smart sensors, the increase in measuring abilities, and the drastic reduction in cost certainly started the wave of transformation.

Driving factors include:

Smaller sensors

Sensors are smaller than ever before and able to monitor a wide variety of conditions, from temperature to vibration.

Data science

Data science has evolved to now make it possible to sort and organize vast amount of data in a meaningful way.

Market demand

The third contributing factor is not a technology, but a need. Market demand for more intelligence and ways to speed connectivity and collaboration from global partners and colleagues are also driving this new technology. Old systems for communication are no longer adequate.

Learning more about the Internet of Things (IoT)

How to build your IoT plan around customer needs

In this recorded webinar, experts from Infor and LNS Research discuss building an IoT strategy that puts the customer in the center of everything.

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The Internet of things makes a smarter Public Sector

What effect do connected devices and apps have on public sector safety, transportation, and infrastructure? Tamir Borensztajn explores in this blog post.

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Customer centric manufacturing infographic

LNS explains how to leverage the Internet of Things to make the customer the center of everything.

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Transforming the equipment industry with telematics and other disruptive technologies

Each organization along the equipment industry’s supply chain—from equipment manufacturers, to dealers, distributors, and aftermarket service contractors—stands to gain financially by being part of the burgeoning technology evolution.

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Getting started on your IoT journey

The IoT has major potential, but it presents challenges that manufacturers must address as they develop their IoT strategies. Connectivity, cloud storage, automation, and data analysis are factors in the equation that must be mastered before the overarching IoT strategy can be implemented.

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EEF's National Manufacturing Conference 2015

Infor COO Pam Murphy talks about Industry 4.0 and the internet of things and explains how British manufacturers can leverage new technology to enable them to get ahead for increased productivity, innovation and service—key strategies for competing on a global scale.

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Transit Technology Trends: Key Opportunities for Local Governments

The research director of the global Smart Cities Strategies service at IDC discusses transit industry trends, operational challenges, regulatory requirements, and the impact of the Internet of Things—and how an asset management solution can support success.

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Global Manufacturers Braced for IoT - But Lack of Ownership Sees Varied Progress

Infor Survey Reveals Global Adoption Levels for the Internet of Things (IoT) Amongst Manufacturers

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