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How businesses can use IoT monitoring to bridge performance gaps

Eric Hembree talks IoT and Ingram Micro’s first IoT summit.

August 23, 2019

IoT is moving fast. There’s no denying the impact IoT will eventually have on all industries. Nonetheless, it can be difficult to see how IoT can benefit some businesses today.

That’s why we asked an expert to fill us in. Eric Hembree, director of IoT at Ingram Micro, sits down to discuss the practical impact IoT monitoring can have on businesses like yours.

(P.S. We’re not talking about the future here. We’re talking about right now.)

Let’s take a closer look at Eric’s podcast talking points
IoT monitoring uses sensors on all types of devices and robotics to report on alerts and events. Harvesting this data makes it easier for humans to predict when a part needs to be replaced or if too much energy is being consumed.

By collecting this data, businesses can decrease downtime tremendously.

Simply put, if your refrigerator could speak and tell you what it was feeling, you could quickly diagnose and repair the problem with little to no delay.

"We're starting to see a lot of advancements in sensor technology." —Eric Hembree, director of IoT at Ingram Micro

Advancements in the sensors have allowed IoT monitoring to become as seamless and effective as ever. Eric points out that you shouldn’t even know it’s there, but the impact should be great.

How can my business use IoT monitoring?
Almost any business can use IoT monitoring to their advantage. Take this scenario, for instance:

You’re a manufacturer of industrial refrigerators. You need to build 250 refrigerators a day, so it’s imperative that all your machinery works without fail.

Because performance downtime isn’t an option for your business, you’ve implemented IoT monitoring into your workflow. This notifies you of any hiccup in the system, even before it happens.

You’ve decided that you like being ahead of the curve, so you want to offer IoT monitoring on the industrial refrigerators you’re manufacturing. This intrigues the resellers because they’ll be able to predict any deficiencies in the product after they sell it to their customers.

Plus, the workers in the industrial kitchen will be alerted to any potential downtime so they can act before there’s a gap in performance.

You can see how IoT monitoring generates a cycle of performance gap closures.

The analytics
IoT monitoring produces an insurmountable amount of data. That’s why Eric and the team at Ingram Micro partner with an analytics provider to sift through the data and only store the important bits.

"We need to make sure we're running the data analytics on the useful data and not necessarily all of the data." —Eric Hembree, director of IoT at Ingram Micro

Implementing IoT monitoring
With an intuitive IoT strategy in place, your business will be able to bridge performance gaps and increase productivity exponentially. The future is now; IoT is ready to make your business smarter.

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