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- Written by Ken Fletcher
- Published: 28 Dec 2020
We are all ingraining ourselves into an Internet of Things (IoT) world that, for the most part, benefits everyone – improving efficiency and keeping us connected to the devices and people that are important to us.
With the advancement of technology, almost every aspect of our lives generates data and sends us information over the internet.
Smartwatches track our steps, smart doorbells keep us safe, smartphones know our location, video streaming services know what we like to watch and make recommendations, social media puts ads and posts in front of us that it knows we will like, our coffee pots even know when we would like our coffee made in the morning.
IoT is emerging as a powerful tool in the business world as well. IoT devices record and transfer data, and this can be applied to monitor important processes, give us new insights, boost efficiency, and allow companies to make more informed decisions. They can tell you what is really happening, rather than what you assume is happening.
What is the Internet Of Things?
IoT is a system of interrelated, internet-connected devices that can collect and transfer data over a wireless network. By combining these connected devices with automated systems you can gather information, analyze it and draw conclusions to inform decisions better or take action to help someone with a particular task or learn from a process.
How can IoT help my business?
Here at QTI, we have had great success in improving our client’s efficiency, security, and profitability with the correct implementation of IoT devices. Having the ability to monitor, track, and analyze important data easily has given our clients the visibility they needed to make better-informed decisions and take productive action to improve their businesses.
Whether it’s as standard as finding a better way for employees to clock in and out of work, or as niche as monitoring and controlling the temperatures of food shipments while they were in route to their destinations, IoT devices can help.
We can help you by making recommendations and vetting devices that could make an impact.
How do I know what IoT devices to get?
IoT devices are great, but you don’t want to overdo it. When working with a technology professional like ourselves, we can help pinpoint areas of your business that could be optimized with the help of IoT devices, and then leverage our expertise to identify and implement the best devices for your business.
There is a lot to consider when adding any device to your business’s network:
1. Is it compatible with your existing devices?
QTI helps find a device that will function within your environment and won’t require a significant amount of work to integrate with your system.
2. What security threats will it pose?
Unsecure devices that are connected to your network can create massive holes in your cybersecurity. Many IoT devices are insecure out-of-the-box and should be reconfigured to your security standards. Recently, a WiFi-enabled coffee pot was proven hackable and exposed the rest of the corporate network to a ransomware attack. We make sure that any devices that will be connected to your network have been configured to the security standards necessary to keep your infrastructure protected.
3. Does your network have the strength to support additional devices?
When adding any technology to your infrastructure, an evaluation of current and future capacity should be done. This evaluation will be for the budgeting and potential upgrading which will minimize the impact of your infrastructure performance.
I’m ready to talk about taking a more strategic approach to our IT, who do I talk to?
We would be delighted to talk further and discuss how we can help you implement IoT devices, or simply examine your current IT approach and offer advice for improvement. You can book a call with our Team Lead & Expert, Bob Paxson with this link.
to your security standards