The Internet of Things plays a crucial role in the ‘programability’ of the physical world. As a matchmaker between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT), the IoT has capacities at its disposal that appeal to both partners. The operational machine world is becoming more human due to ‘things’. Moreover, sensors are more entrenched in that field. But, thanks to these ‘things’, the IT world is becoming more integrated in the domain of operations, and the opportunities to add value ‘where the action is’ are simply there for the taking: in everyday interaction with appliances and physical products. In the new report by VINT, our trendland examines the three main reasons to embark upon the Internet of Things adventure:
- the benefits of human-machine interaction (M2M) as the basis of speed and intelligence
- the benefits of better maintenance: preferably Predictive Maintenance
- the benefits of engagement or customer interaction: humans and machines in Smart Factories and beyond.