A Few Things to Know about IoT

by Jessica Duvall on April 12, 2018 · 0 comments

in Business,Management,ScanSource Communications,Unified Communications


It seems you can hardly pop on the TV, or call up your favorite news app, or even remotely start your coffee maker in the morning, without some reference being made to the Internet of Things (IoT). This is, of course, the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items that can be sensed or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure. IoT is a real trend that is growing rapidly and is here to stay.

The market has grown to approximately 8.4 billion IoT devices in 2017. And experts predict that number to grow to more than 24 billion IoT devices by 2020. That growth will result in about $6 billion flowing into IoT solutions over the next few years, including application development, device hardware, system integration, data storage, security, and connectivity.

Mitel works with partners in a number of verticals to help grow the potential of IoT by connecting the platforms through APIs and workflows, which enables people to engage with machines. Tony Pereira, VP Business Accelerator at Mitel, offers a couple of examples of how IoT can help end users save time and money and be more efficient.

He starts with something we all can relate to: lost luggage. Mitel is helping a partner that has IoT geolocating sensors on their luggage trolleys, which track and send messages exactly where they are. If they go beyond a geofence toward a wrong flight, they send an alert. “The operator and the command control center sees that and immediately gets alerted with a notification,” he says. “It saves a lot of money, because remember, when the airlines are delayed, customers get upset, it costs airlines a lot of money and increases ticket prices.”

Another example focuses on high-rise buildings in the city. People move in and out of offices, HVAC gets turned on and off, maintenance issues arise, etc. It’s costly and difficult to staff each building with permanent people, accessible all the time. But, items such as connected sensors can tell you where and when there’s a water leak. A video surveillance camera can help spot unauthorized activities. A drone can help investigate an HVAC unit on the roof for accurate assessments. In short, using IoT technology, coupled with human interaction, and with automation with other devices, you can deliver a stable environment for people working in those buildings.

Of course these are just two in literally thousands of examples. Some big, some small. But, certainly, they are many and growing every day. ScanSource’s CTO, Greg Dixon, highlights how resellers and MSPs will have endless opportunities for outcome-driven results that will enhance the way they do business in this recent online article. In it, he highlights seven reasons resellers should consider adding IoT solutions to their portfolio, in order to bring in recurring revenue.

IoT is here, and growing. If you’re looking to start or grow your IoT business, there’s a lot of smart people ready to help you. To learn more, simply reach out to your ScanSource-Mitel Team at MitelTeam@scansource.com.

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