What entrepreneurs and all-all-all or IoT need to know about the IoT industry - a tool your competitors will definitely use
The Internet of things has long become a kind of trend - there are experts in this matter, some statistics and analytics, substantive disputes.
Before us is a new stage in the development of the Internet, which involves connecting a large number of objects endowed with intelligence. A large one means a number that will outnumber ordinary users, that is, people. This stage began around the beginning of 2009, when the total number of smart devices connected to the Internet exceeded the world population.
The Internet of things allows you to combine all the objects around us into a common network for the exchange of information between each other and offline work in real time. We can say that the Internet has begun to capture the real world.
The term itself appeared in 1999, it was proposed by one of the employees of Procter & Gamble when there was a question of optimizing the logistics of the corporation using radio beacons.
The widespread adoption of the Internet of things happened at the time of the proliferation of smartphones, wireless network technology and the cheapening of sensors, as well as data storage and processing. An IoT system is typically presented from a network of smart devices connected to a cloud platform. They are adjacent to the storage, processing and protection systems of the data received by the device.
The Internet of things is a combination of technologies, and not one, as it seems at first glance.
The Internet of things is consumer and industrial. Just look how many niches belong to it!
IoT technology in B2C
Portable devices (smart watches, glasses and other things with the prefix “smart”)
IoT technology in B2B
There is some part of experts who are sure that the Internet of things is a marketing term under which technologies that have long been known to all are hidden. Be that as it may, modern IoT technology speeds up data transfer and information processing, thereby simplifying existing business processes.
Almost half of the companies registered in the CIS countries use approaches that directly or indirectly touch the Internet of things. This concept has long entered our lives and those who have not yet discovered the concept of IoT technology, actively use it and do not notice it. For example, your smartphone can report traffic congestion to the navigation application and build the optimal route from point A to point B.
In Russia, the authorities have long been discussing the possibilities and prospects for the development of the Internet of things. Rostelecom, GS Group and the United Instrument-Making Corporation will implement a government-developed roadmap aimed at scaling IoT technology.
Experts prophesy excellent prospects - if you start investing in the development of smart devices for the city and production, then in three years, with minimal investment at the start, you can get at least a trillion dollars.
A special accelerator for IoT startups has been launched, which promises up to 300 million Russian rubles (4.8 million dollars) to the one who passes the selection. A testing ground was created for testing projects related to the Internet of things, several laboratories were opened.
In Russia, there are many manufacturers of smart devices and, moreover, they claim to be world famous. But the market is still not ready to be considered mature. Entrepreneurs fear the IoT technology, try to postpone its implementation or limit themselves to small and already proven innovations.
The main problem is the lack of real cases and technological solutions. In words, everything sounds great, you can see the same type of slides in company presentations, which will tell about the number of smart devices by 2024. But how to realize what they talk so colorfully about?
Large companies are not sufficiently savvy to implement IoT projects - this is the prerogative of small initiative teams that are more agile and able to work according to the rapid prototyping method.
The Russian market is divided into two camps - manufacturers of Internet of things systems and integrators who distribute already developed solutions to companies.
But the Russians have not yet been able to create an IoT platform that could be competitive in the global market. There is too much informational noise around the projects, almost each of them finds a warm welcome in the media, but only a few reach the launch - everyone knows how to talk, but does not realize the idea. And startups do not have such a large budget to do everything as it is written on paper. Often, all that has been received from investors goes to salaries for ambitious developers.
To make the Internet of things more accessible, we are creating the Uline.pro platform - it is designed to reduce the time and money costs of manufacturers at all stages of creating smart products. All smart devices will be standardized and will be able to combine perfectly with each other.
Internet of Things Applications
There are several practical scenarios where IoT technology will work for the good. For instance:
- Production. The technology will monitor the health of equipment, will optimize its workload. All breakdowns will be eliminated long before their actual occurrence, production will not be idle, due to which maintenance costs will be reduced, and there will not be force majeure situations when you have to compensate for the loss of hundreds of people due to some failed parts can't work. And you can monitor the quality of products, check their compliance with established standards, which is important for the food industry and pharmacology.
- Logistics. Acceleration and cheapening of supplies, reliable protection of transported goods and the safety of valuables in the warehouse. All this will be ensured by special beacons that will track the movement of cargo from one point to another. And with the help of smart contracts, it will be possible to remove intermediaries between the shipper and the consignee, which will significantly reduce the cost of transmission.
- Retail. Analysis of preferences and customer behavior to give them interesting and personal offers. Smartphones allow you to learn a lot about their owners - what they live with, what kind of music they listen to, what they eat, who they talk to, where they like to spend time. If sellers in stores will probably know who their target audience is, then sales will go up, and customer satisfaction with service will increase significantly. Just imagine, you will come to a store where discounts are already available specifically for you and at the same time your smartphone shows you the way from one product to another. Smart refrigerators will also be sending you shopping soon and beating out discounts at your favorite stores — they know for sure that you have run out of milk or beef!
- Agriculture. Special sensors allow monitoring the condition of fields and livestock. Farmers will be timely aware of the quality of the soil, the need for irrigation and fertilizer. Cattle will receive food and water by the hour, each artiodactyl will be tracked by GPS, and its health will be displayed on a special monitor.
- Insurance. If earlier it was possible to suffer for a day, so that alcohol would disappear and one could go for insurance payment due to a broken leg, then very soon this trick will not work. Be sure that sooner or later, insurers will introduce some kind of smart bracelets that will allow you to monitor the condition and movement of its owner. If you behave carelessly and get into an accident or, for example, contrary to prohibitions, go over the fence with predators at the zoo and suffer, then you will certainly be aware of your fraud and will not be given a payment for a broken car or a bitten hand.
As you can see, the Internet of things can be applied everywhere, there are only a few points - all of the above methods of using the technology involve some risks. For example, how pleasant it will be for you that the owner of a store will have access to your personal information only because he paid a certain amount to the manufacturer of smart refrigerators and now knows that you are buying large quantities of avocados and quail eggs. And you will understand this, as soon as you are offered a discount on these products and think about it, but what else does this cunning seller know about you? Or the same insurers - if they have access to your movements, state of health and maybe even personal correspondence (do you read what is written in the user agreement before ticking “I agree”?), Then about insurance Payments can be forgotten. Your every action will work against you.
That is why we are creating the Uline.pro platform that can make the Internet of things safe for users. Let's find out why the Internet of things is dangerous and what other disadvantages it has.
The Dangers and Cons of the Internet of Things
- There are no uniform standards. Wireless networks of smart devices from various manufacturers cannot be combined into a single network. There are no rules for the development of IoT devices, manufacturers act blindly, creating their useful gizmos as needed. Remember how it used to be with mobile phone apps? Then when there was no Android or iOS? Now the same situation is happening with the Internet of things, which will be resolved by the advent of Uline.pro - a platform that standardizes smart devices. As soon as our development is launched, irons and multicookers from different manufacturers will be friends with each other. We will create an energy-efficient, safe platform that will be stable. Uline.pro will become a universal infrastructure for wearable devices, homes, offices, large enterprises, cities and agriculture.
- Access to user data. What really undermines trust in the Internet of things is a security issue. There are many cases when hackers stole confidential information from IoT systems - they left the whole city without heating and stopped the operation of strategically important objects. The year 2015 was especially rich in scandals, when unscrupulous citizens watched American babies at night through baby monitors, and LG admitted that its smart TVs could transmit information about their owners to third parties. Now developers are trying to learn how to protect their smart products, and Kaspersky Lab is actively working on cybersecurity. The problem is that security is expensive, hence the next point of the dangers and minuses of IoT technology.
- The high price of smart devices. A smart iron costs a little more than a conventional iron, since the mass production of such household appliances is not expensive, especially in view of the fact that the price of sensors falls, as does the cost of using cloud services. But a smart iron will immediately rise in price if the developers decide to invest in ensuring its safety. It is costly to constantly look for holes in the firmware, create to offer new software to users when the previous one is out of date. And who wants to install any updates on their iron? Do you need to connect it to a computer, or will it be a special application for a smartphone? Be that as it may, this will be an essential part of the developers budget. This issue will be resolved within the framework of the Uline.pro platform - thanks to a standardized algorithm for creating devices, updates will be carried out automatically - users will not have to waste their time trying to replace old software with new one.
How much are smart projects and where can I buy them?
Experts argue that it is best to buy IoT devices not from large vendors, but from their partners or generally small teams of proactive developers that focus on the Internet of things.
But where to find such teams? Soon you will see these people! They will demonstrate their achievements within the framework of the Uline.pro platform! We can provide you with a complete catalog with devices for various purposes and their creators! Making the space around you smart will be even easier!
The price of the project will depend on the number of smart things and their functionality. The implementation of small ideas usually lasts several months, requires a subscription to a cloud service and production equipment. This is approximately $ 150,000, taking into account the work of the system integrator and all necessary licenses.
It's a little expensive if you want to show the world a smart chopping board, right? The Uline.pro platform we are developing will allow us to reduce the cost of the process of creating smart devices and make it much easier thanks to a standardized algorithm. It will not be so expensive for developers to offer their ideas to society, and buyers will be able to purchase things that are useful in everyday life and for work at even more pleasant prices.
The future of smart systems
A successful future for the Internet of things can only be considered if all issues related to security, cost and standardization are resolved. And until entrepreneurs see concrete positive economic results from the use of IoT technology, it will not be used everywhere. Another point is the attitude to the Internet of things by large world corporations and governments. These structural units are able to make promising technology to suspend its development or disappear. If the officials of a country are not ready for changes in the current state of affairs, there will be no smart things in production and warehouses.
The market is still in its infancy, its development is paired with exaggerated expectations. In a couple of years, the Internet of things will peak and a wave of investors will flood the market.
Experts prophesy that in the CIS countries the mass introduction of IoT technology will begin no earlier than 2020. Moreover, all those who the developers were hunting for will now come for smart devices themselves, but they will cost more than now. The conditions will be dictated by developers, not customers.
The development of IoT technology will provoke the growth of related markets - companies that are engaged in the storage, analysis and protection of data will be on the crest of a wave.
Attitude to the Internet of things will change dramatically with the advent of the Uline.pro platform. IoT technologies will be trusted, it will be inexpensive, safe and easy to use.