Many forward-thinking companies are looking to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) by developing solutions that capture data from all their connected devices and convert them into valuable business insights. But that’s easier said than done.
In this article, HarborTech Mobility talks about one of the best tools to simplify IoT data analytics, so your business can get from connected device data to true enterprise insights as quickly as possible.
A Quick Example of IoT Insights in Action
A perfect example of IoT data value is Zebra Technologies’ SmartPack Trailer solution for the transportation and logistics industry. As an IoT-enabled solution, SmartPack captures data from Zebra mobile computers, 3D sensors, cameras, and software to deliver real-time analytics and visibility into loading processes, people, and assets.
It captures data such as trailer load density, fullness, load quality, images of loads in progress, and the number of packages scanned and loaded per hour. This allows companies to eliminate wasted trailer space, maximize loading speed and efficiency, and reduce their shipping, fuel, and labor costs.
The Importance of an IoT Platform
IoT and data-driven solutions have enormous potential to change the way we work for the better, across virtually any industry. However, like any other technology solution, IoT solutions and data analytics must begin with a platform.
Depending on the industry, most industrial enterprises will have some form of IoT platforms in the relatively near future. These platforms will become standard tools in our enterprise environments. But they’ll need to talk to each other, so we can derive value from them. That’s where Zebra’s Enterprise Asset Intelligence (EAI) comes into play. It’s a data system framework that enables better IoT connectivity, communication, data collection, and analysis.
Zebra’s EAI Data System Framework
Zebra’s EAI IoT platform combines device and sensor data as well as Zebra and third-party software applications to capture, store, and analyze data, making it available for sharing. The EAI framework uses devices on the edge of your network to sense and capture information. These devices are embedded with a chipset that allows the data to be securely extracted. EAI traces every data point back to the device on the edge of the network tracking each device’s location, serial number, and version.
After capturing device data, including real-time events, EAI stores and analyzes the data and makes it available for sharing. This happens in the cloud or on your on-premise infrastructure. You can also integrate the framework with other applications and systems such as your ERP, WMS, or other platforms and software.
But EAI also provides APIs that allow applications to be built around Zebra’s data framework. This enables those apps to work with event, location, GPS, and sensor data from edge devices, and use that data to deliver unprecedented insights into all your workflows, inventory, assets, transactions, and more.
Leaders in every industry will leverage contextual and location information, big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and real-time data flow and analytics to see into virtually any area of their business and convert the resulting insights into actionable change and optimization.
To learn more about Zebra’s EAI framework and the possibilities of IoT, contact our experts at HarborTech for a free discovery call and recommendations for your business.