In the world of IoT (the Internet of Things), there are many opportunities to reduce organizational costs that arise in the day-to-day operation of a business. Labor shortages, inefficient processes, cumbersome reporting and poor access to information are common ways that businesses waste time and money.
If you’re looking to save costs, produce products more efficiently, and improve the overall metrics that you use to measure profitability, then IoT is the answer, but how? Essentially IoT is a tool to talk to machines, and have those machines provide you with the relevant information you need to make better business decisions and improve those machine-controlled processes.
For example, IoT can provide you with the information you need to ensure better maintenance windows for your clients by telling you when their equipment needs to be replaced or upgraded, which can increase profits and also save you money. Using IoT to monitor equipment is just one way you can save on your business costs. Let’s look more closely at the ways IoT can reduce your business and operating expenses.
Reduce Equipment Costs with Preventative Maintenance
Making your processes more efficient is a great way to save money. Having a connected device allows you to monitor all aspects of your equipment in real time. Doing so will help your team understand when certain equipment needs maintenance before it breaks, avoiding costly downtime and saving money by avoiding repair costs.
Increase Equipment Efficiency and Reduce Costs
Using IoT to implement preventative maintenance can also help give managers insight into the behaviour of equipment like heating, cooling and other systems that have high associated costs. Making this equipment more efficient will reduce your expenses and improve the experience of those people who are using your buildings and facilities.
For example, monitoring air conditioning usage in a facility will allow a building manager to use less energy when temperatures are cooler and conserve power when temperatures are hotter, based on how and when energy is consumed. Devices for your home (like Nest) won’t do this on a large scale because Wi Fi networks don’t always extend far enough and don’t always provide consistent, reliable connectivity for these systems to be able to do their work in a larger facility. IoT is a great option in these cases.
Improve Asset Management
Asset management, which focuses on efficiently monitoring equipment is extremely important in fields like health sciences. IoT is useful when it comes to monitoring patients and keeping track of the movement of equipment within a facility. In fact, monitoring equipment in this way is integral to loss prevention, which can lead to significant savings within an organization.
Make Informed Business Decisions
Collecting data in real-time is another advantage to IoT. There are many different examples of how data collection is needed across industries. Restaurants, for example, may need to use tablets to collect information from individuals to comply with COVID-19 regulations. The transportation industry may need drivers and mobile employees to report information in real time to know when deliveries are made, when services are required, and when pickups are done. Secured mobile devices like tablets, smartphones and other input gathering devices connected through the IoT send information in real time to customers that are either receiving or waiting for updates on the movement of goods throughout the supply chain. Field service technicians can also work more efficiently when they have the information they need readily available at their fingertips.
Give the team at iLeague Wireless a call to learn more about how your business can harness IoT to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and improve your bottom line.