Connected Devices and Mobile App Development Lead Exciting New Trends
The world is becoming more and more connected—sometimes in surprising ways. The Internet of Things (IoT), first conceptualized before most homes even had internet access, is finally beginning to become a reality, with appliances and other “things” interconnected and able to share a variety of data with other devices. Wearable tech is another avenue of this, with smart watches beginning to evolve from clumsy designs into truly enviable accessories. Mobile app development has connected fitness trackers, smart thermostats, home security systems, and more to our smartphones, giving us a whole new level of control and flexibility. But does the Internet of Things create enterprise mobile solutions?
The First Internet Appliance
In 1982, a group of students from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University modified a Coca-Cola vending machine, turning it into the first known internet-enabled appliance. The first Internet Coke Machine, as it came to be known, could provide prospective customers with inventory and temperature information through ARPANET and, later, the World Wide Web.
This early version of IoT perfectly demonstrates its enterprise mobile solutions, and lays the framework for the Coca-Cola Freestyle drink machines which are now featured in an increasing number of restaurants. Apart from providing over a hundred different soda and flavour combinations, they also connect wirelessly to a server that can diagnose malfunctions, deliver software updates, and of course, automate inventory orders for new syrups. This example, born on the back of the first Internet Coke Machine, is the perfect application of IoT as a business solution. By equipping retail and food service appliances, as well as equipment with connectivity and smart programming, businesses are empowered to gain valuable insights and automate tasks such as inventory, ordering, service calls, and more.
The Internet of Things and connected mobile app development initiatives can impact so much more than just food service and retail. Healthcare, for starters, can reap significant benefits, as connected monitoring devices can record and update information to crate much more accurate and reliable pictures of a patient’s condition that can be easily accessed any time, by anyone with authorization. In manufacturing, logistics, agriculture, and delivery, IoT can be used to automate processes, schedule tasks, and monitor the efficiency of the workflow. If a business can benefit from automated processes and real-time data tracking, it can benefit from incorporating the Internet of Things into its approach.
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