The Internet of Things is everywhere, it's invisible and it's carrying out all kinds of tasks on our behalf, and its influence in our daily lives is growing apace.
The Internet of Things in our daily life
The train you commute on has been scheduled by it, the vending machine that yields up your drink or snack is replenished because of it, and your A/C is maintained by its algorithms 24/7, forestalling problems before they happen and keeping you cool.
We may not notice it when it's doing its job but we would certainly notice if it suddenly failed, such is the level of reliance we have invested in the power of the Internet of Things.
We carry the IoT around with us every day via our smartphone apps, and access is instant. Just consider the speed at which you connect with the Web today compared with the speed and range of information transfer of the first IBM computers. Or compare it to the once miraculous mobile phone brought out in 1973. We are in a different world, one in which entire cities are now plugged into the IoT.
Computer-controlled traffic flow eases daily travel and cuts journey times while reducing the time taken by trucks to load and unload goods at ports and depots. Energy consumption, with savings of up to fifty percent, is governed by the mighty algorithms that also send biofeedback data from your bus driver to a supervisor and keep the city's streets burning brightly in the darkness.
With each new advance in technology new opportunities for business are created, stimulating economic growth with every start-up company or corporate expansion. The interaction of human beings and their tireless silicon guardians will be shaping our future for generations to come.
A Leading German Company Offering Solutions
Many large and small-to-medium businesses employ Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) commercial integrated multi-module platforms to run their logistics, increasing interconnectivity of departments and functions with streamlined data-flow, thus boosting efficiency while cutting costs.
For example German company SAP, one of the foremost producers of ERP systems, is providing Hilti, a large manufacturer of drills and construction equipment, with a pay-per-use platform that has enabled the company to transform its business model.
Train company Trenitalia employs SAP's Predictive Management & Service and Asset Intelligence Network sensor-based systems to monitor and troubleshoot its fleet.
The Germany-based tech company is in partnership with other enterprises, mutually enhancing technical development and delivery of service to clients.
It has developed a digital supply chain in concert with Fedem that offers manufacturers and operators the latest technical solutions for optimising exploitation of technical and service assets, even in such distant locations as the Antarctic, from their centres of operation, or can furnish a college with a revenue-saving digital shuttle service on campus.
More and more enterprises are looking to SAP for advanced logistics-management solutions.