Until recently, the service industry relied on preventative measures to run smoothly. Everything from wind turbines and farm equipment to MRI machines and shipping vehicles has relied on scheduled, time-based maintenance in order to prevent accidents or failed equipment.
The downside was such an approach wasted time, manpower and resources in order to prevent potential problems from arising.
This is where the Internet of Things has come to the rescue.
What is the IoT?
The Internet of Things essentially consists of everyday devices or machines that have the capability to be connected to the internet. Through internet connectivity, these machines or devices are able to send and receive data in real time.
For example, a smart refrigerator that comes with a touchscreen internet browser is an example everyday IoT objects with internet capability.
How does IoT help the service industry?
The service industry has already begun incorporating IoT into its machines and devices. Doing so has allowed maintenance professionals access to real-time data.
For example, maintenance on a wind turbine would typically be pre-scheduled and preventative in an attempt to catch potential problems. A field crew or technician would have to be sent out to examine the turbine and then perform any required maintenance.
However, if the wind turbine is connected to the internet, workers can monitor the turbine using real-time data. Instead of wasting resources on preventative maintenance, predictive maintenance becomes possible.
Workers can immediately see if potential problems exist with the turbine, therefore only expending resources to fix the problem when needed, saving companies time and money.
In the event that a serious problem does arise, workers can be notified immediately and fix the problem more quickly than previously possible without the IoT.
The benefits of this technology are virtually limitless.
While every industry may not be ready to jump head first into the Internet of Things, even small steps can help areas of the service industry save time, money and resources.
If you’re interested in seeing how cloud computing and the Internet of Things can work for your business, Innovative Architects offers both consulting and solutions to help your business thrive. Contact us today to learn more about our IT consulting services.