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What is an IoT application?

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What Do We Mean by IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT), refers to a system or device that can transfer data remotely over a connected network. IoT applications interact with a device, or system, connected to the internet without human input. With the advent of smart device technologies, IoT can include everything from your fridge, your watch or your TV. The broad scope of IoT is what underpins its importance for businesses and consumers. It also means that there is a wide range of unexplored data and potential uses for the technology. 

Household Appliances 

IoT devices have the ability to monitor data in real-time. For this reason, they are ideally suited for making household appliances and electronics more responsive and efficient. A smart fridge can be carefully calibrated to increase the life of perishable products, and smart lighting and heating can allow you to control the energy output of your home from any location. It’s not just about appliances - huge developments have been made in the development of smart mirrors for example. These could revolutionise how we use and interact with the space in our homes. 

Retail Experience 

IoT devices have also significantly altered the retail experience, both for the retailer and the consumer. This is apparent at every stage of the supply chain. Thanks to real-time monitoring capabilities, many logistics, freight forwarders and last-mile service providers are now using IoT applications to monitor and assess everything from vehicle behaviour, in-transit environmental conditions, to warehouse and storage facilities productivity. 

For the consumer, thanks to IoT applications the physical experience of shopping in a store could soon mimic that of the online retail experience. The most notable example of this is the still-in-progress Amazon Go program—which has seen the internet giant trial physical retail locations that operate without cashiers or machines.

Entertainment Systems 

In the world of media and entertainment—the internet has changed the way we receive content, and with the rise of streaming and social media, there is a need for technology that can match consumer demand. Thankfully, smart TVs, mobile streaming services and reliable, high bandwidth connectivity are supporting our consumption, providing on-demand entertainment whilst you control various smart devices at the same time.

Personal Devices 

Perhaps one of the most widely used IoT applications is the smartwatch or smart fitness device. In this case, IoT technology allows you to turn a simple device into something that can help control your calendar, time management and lifestyle choices - However, there is an argument that digital choice or lack of digital choice has a negative impact. Only time will tell.  

Our Experience

Xibis has worked on a number of IoT applications and has an abundance of experience tackling projects in this space. If there’s one thing that the proliferation of IoT applications underscores—it’s the need for your business to be working with experts in digital and cyber technologies.

Our work includes:

An IoT application to allow for multi-channel background music streaming to be centrally managed to control music playlists and messages at a site, region or country level. This solution was developed for Barix AG who provide playout devices, which are installed within retail stores and hotels around the world. Each device will sync with the solution to ensure it has the latest playlist.

An IoT lift monitoring application for International Lift Equipment (ILE) to transmit telemetry and record data in real-time. The solution receives data in respect of the floor each lift is located, the direction of travel, are the doors open or closed, the status of the lift and an alert system to report issues.

For Angel Trains, who are one of the UK’s leading train leasing specialists, Xibis developed a vehicle asset monitoring solution to monitor performance and to predict and highlight maintenance issues. Ultimately, the IoT application provides the potential to reduce repair costs and improve the reliability of the trains.

Other solution examples include CliniTouch Vie for Spirit Healthcare which helps UK patients with long-term health problems to self-monitor their conditions and wellbeing and the monitoring of Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) which are standby power solutions.

If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact us today to find out how we can help you.

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