Is IoT Merely a Buzzword that will Become Obsolete with Time?
Posted by Abhijit Yadavrao Talokar, Principal Consultant, Infosys
In 2014, Gartner predicted that over 4.9 billion devices will be connected owing to the Internet of Things (IoT). This extreme connectivity pertains to device-to-device and human-device interactions. With advanced technologies that enable remote capture of metrics and intuitive analytics, the age of IoT is helping enterprises detect risk of equipment failure and take immediate preventive measures to avoid damage. Let us explore how this extreme connectivity works with the IoT using some examples.
- Human-device interactions - Signals from remote devices can be captured though sensors and communicated to personnel through the Internet to ensure that appropriate action is taken. For example, drones can be used for pizza delivery.
- Device-device interactions - Signals can be transmitted between devices through the Internet, allowing a certain degree of intra-device communication without the need for human intervention. For example, anti-collision systems for railways depend on signals captured from each train. In cases where two trains erroneously travel on the same track towards each other, these captured signals can detect a probable collision and communicate it to both trains, whereupon brakes are applied automatically to avoid a potential accident.
The applications of IoT are endless and innovation is critical to tapping this potential in industries such as railways, aviation safety, healthcare, environment control, disaster management, automation, etc. Analytics plays a key role in driving this innovation. For instance, most railway accidents caused by derailing trains occur due to wear and tear of railway lines, loose joints, etc. By fitting vibration detection devices or cameras on inspection trains, video feeds that monitor the condition of the rails can be captured and sent to data centers for in-depth analysis. If damage is detected, all trains using that particular route can be promptly notified and diverted, thereby eliminating risk to property and life.
Infosys has a practice dedicated to developing solutions based on IoT. One of these solutions - asset monitoring and advanced maintenance - is designed to simplify execution of operations and maintenance tasks. The Infosys solution is developed in-house and uses the Oracle e-business suite (EBS) to capture and monitor real-time data from various asset units installed across locations, thereby delivering superior maintenance service. Built with the ability to sense data deviations and take preemptive action, the IoT-enabled Oracle EBS solution achieves maximum asset utilization and drives overall system performance.
To know more, please visit us at Booth #1101, at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. Infosys is a Diamond sponsor at the event.