Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Internet of Things & Big data Analytics



We have entered the Digital Enterprise era.  All the businesses are aiming at reaching their Customers anywhere, anytime, any platform with any device.  All such smart devices or physical objects that are connected to internet & are continuously emitting data and communicating with each other is called Internet of Things (IoT).

You will find all these objects around you in your day. Your Fitbit wrist band is monitoring your sleep, waking you up at desired time, tracks your activity. When you go out for walking or jogging in the morning, your Nike shoes with built-in-sensor are collecting all the data and track your time, distance, pace & calories burned. 

All this humongous data is ideal candidate for Bigdata Analytics. Let us see how does 3 V’s of Big data comes into this scenario. All the data which is generated by these devices or things is voluminous or recurring at specific intervals.  This streaming data is “always in motion” so there is a velocity.  The variety is coming from all different sensors sending data.

Big Data will help make companies smarter, more progressive and give them a business advantage. You can have better control over your business with IoT by better tracking and better reporting. Let us see some examples.

Sigalert.com provides sensor based analysis of traffic on highways.  This when combined with Waze, a world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app, helping drivers avoid the frustration of sitting in traffic, cluing them in to a police trap or cutting 5 minutes off of their regular commute by showing them new routes they never even knew about. 

Great River Medical Center is one health care organization that's connecting many of its medical devices into a network using Microsoft's Windows Embedded, thereby enhancing the patient care by speeding delivery of medications, reducing an average 1.5 hour wait time, down to just 30 minutes. Getting the correct medication to patients faster has improved patient outcomes and reduced the rate of readmission.

With the Loxone iPhone app you can access, monitor and control your home from anywhere.

A food distribution company can use sensors in trucks that send temperatures, humidity; point to point travel times back to data center for further analysis.

Today's tech-savvy consumers have the option to shop whenever and wherever they want, including on mobile devices.

Retailers have lot of use of IoT & Big data. They can measure the real time customer traffic in & out of store with video cameras, current queue lengths, historical transaction data & footfall data to predict how many more checkouts to be opened. This helps improve the customer experience.

Utility companies have installed smart meters to monitor energy, water & gas consumption.

Airbus A380 has sensors that monitor the wear and tear of the flight in real time which helps in preventive maintenance of parts before they fail, reduce the warranty costs and increase operational efficiency.

As IoT becomes mainstream, it can play a big role into areas such as supply chain management. When customers' preferences or needs can be tracked in real time, businesses have the opportunity to react accordingly and immediately, with options such as dynamic messaging, pricing, or service delivery.

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