Industrial IoT has developed closely alongside consumer IoT goods and now is here to change the industrial applications as we know. Big data will become reality when all device parameters will be accessible 24/7, says Vizma Bramane of Aranet – SAF Tehnika.
The new streams of real-time value data provided by the sensors can give new insight into the inner workings of the existing processes, their effectiveness and faults in many industries. The historical data collected over time can be a great resource for improving decision-making procedures and process optimisation. In this article, we will be looking at a few of the industries that could potentially reap the biggest benefits from IoT revolution!
Horticulture & agriculture
Agriculture and horticulture are industries that are benefiting considerably from the implementation of IoT solutions. The applications include using wireless sensors to remotely monitor environmental parameters of chemical levels, soil profiles and air quality. As well as monitor and control a variety of equipment.
In greenhouses, sensors track and automatically respond to changes in humidity and temperature. These advances allow the changes to be made in real time, raising the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the process.
Food supply chain
One of the major benefits of IoT in the food industry is its speedy data processing and the potential to analyse the complete supply chain – food manufacturing, cold chain and storage process through distribution at supermarkets.
The wireless sensor networks continuously measure the environmental parameters of the interiors of cold storage freezers and the interiors of packages and containers where meats and temperature sensitive produce are stored.
If the temperature and humidity controls within the container are not as desired, the sensors issue immediate alerts to supply chain managers so the situation can be mitigated. Together, these food monitoring and control mechanisms reduce spoilage and maintain fresh foods in their journey to the consumer.
Optimising the lighting and HVAC in an office building can dramatically decrease the electricity bill. HVAC and lighting make up largest costs in commercial energy use and with help of IoT technologies, those could be reduced by 40%. In addition, by using sensors to heat or cool specific rooms at specific times, the costs of thermal comfort will decrease.
Sensor technologies can be used to increase well being and productivity for the building occupants by improving indoor air quality and lowering exceeded CO2 levels, which contribute to a variety of issues such as headache, fatigue, and inability to concentrate.
Ultimately, industrial IoT systems are here to stay as demand for such solutions will continue to grow. The industries will continue to leverage such technologies in order to simplify data sharing and gain data-driven insights, improve industrial processes and minimise costs in the future.
The author of this blog is Vizma Bramane, marketing project manager, Aranet – SAF Tehnika.