February 23, 2018

#IoTFriday E22 | IoT, It’s in the Numbers

BY :     February 23, 2018

An investment is only done when the numbers add up. Starting an IoT project, however great an idea only happens when the business case is positive. IoTFriday takes a look at an example and adds up the numbers. In this case, we find out that the investment is equal to the income doing a quick calculation. In 90% of the cases, this IoT project will not start.

An IoT project is not only about (financial) numbers. For example, a diesel generator company renting out power supplies to remote locations. Filling up diesel tanks here can be done a lot smarter with an overview of the fuel level (and consumption) of each generator. The numbers might not add up but what about a diesel generator company becoming a green company or ensuring 100% availability with IoT! A lot of other value can be gained from the solution.

Numbers is also about the total amount of things in the IoT solution. In our calculation, we look at 100 generators (and thus 100 sensors that generate data). Increasing this to 1.000 or 10.000 makes the financial figures orders of magnitude better!

Finally, numbers need to be taken seriously. We calculate this business case in the span of minutes. In real life, a good and thorough business case needs to be calculated, taken into account all the details. Quick calculations give good first order insight, but we might miss crucial information that tips a decision in starting an IoT project to the positive side.

Tom Van de Ven

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Tom van de Ven is active in the field of High Tech testing for 15 years. As a High Tech test expert he is a frequently asked sparring partner for Sogeti High Tech customers with regard to starting/professionalizing test projects. Besides a multitude of test assignments (eg. in the field of healthcare, semiconductors, agriculture and automotive) he is an active member of the Sogeti High Tech Test Competence Centre and a speaker for High Tech seminars. Tom uses his experience in a role as a coach for (starting) High Tech test engineers and is constantly looking for improvements in High Tech test methodologies. He is the author of the book that combines Internet of Things and TMap: IoTMap!!!. He also teaches and develops several testing courses in the embedded and high tech domain. If not teaching, testing a tunnel or promoting “Quick Tech Testing” you can find him setting up a high tech test automation framework for the odd customer.

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