"Internet of Things — Savings and Operational Efficiencies for the Industrial/ Warehouse Environment"
The Internet of Things(IoT) has been called the next wave of information technology (IT) because it holds the potential to glean new insights and efficiencies by tapping into data from smart, connected devices, sensors and machines. The IoT’s benefits range from improved efficiencies and time savings to better energy efficiency.
Gartner defines the IoT as “a network of dedicated physical objects (things) that contain embedded technology to sense or interact with their internal state or the external environment. The IoT is an ecosystem that includes things, communication, applications and data analysis.” In simple terms, IoT is about automating various processes in an enterprise through machine to machine (M2M) connections to gain operational efficiencies.
In industrial settings such as warehouses, distribution centers (DCs), and manufacturing plants, there are many types of machines and systems that consume energy. Lighting fixtures, industrial machinery, exhaust fans, materials handling systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning/cooling (HVAC) systems, as well as plug load (power from the electrical wall socket), are a few examples of the systems that can be connected to the Internet as part of an IoT strategy.