The coming years will be decisive for the area of information technology. The process of digital transformation has increasingly led companies to invest in solutions that guarantee the automation of processes and, consequently, add value to organizations, increasing productivity and providing a better experience for clients. In order to keep pace with this evolution, new technologies will be deployed, including the use of interconnected devices such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) systems.
IoT solutions will be used in a wide variety of business models. Studies indicate that by 2020, such technologies will be incorporated into more than half of all processes and systems of new businesses, and there will be billions of connected devices across the planet. In retail, connected devices will be present to control inventory and shelves, as well as consumption habits and even payments. In factories, they will contribute to a new concept known as Industry 4.0.
Thousands of connected devices are already being used by automakers in connected-car solutions. State-of-the-art technology within vehicles allows data to be sent for control, monitoring and technical assistance, among other functions. In addition to comfort, connected cars offer greater driver safety, with the possibility of fleet monitoring, including routes considered more dangerous, and sending aid in case of sudden stops.
The adoption of IoT solutions to increase productivity and, consequently, quality of life is not exclusive to the corporate world. Public managers already develop projects aimed at the use of connected devices for more precise management of energy resources, transportation and public safety, for example. Studies show that the energy savings of a city can reach 30 percent with the use of monitoring sensors, which detect possible failures such as the maintenance of lamps on public roads.
What would be the first step for a company to build this great network of connection between systems, devices, machines and applications? The implementation and management of IoT solutions will be coordinated by CIOs, from an appropriate planning of needs and mapping of business objectives.