The Connected World
The Connected World , also know as the Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept that is rapidly evolving and coming to the fore these days. This technology aims to connect all electronic items a – mobile and otherwise – around a particular environment, thereby enabling these “things” to interact and communicate with each other wirelessly. IoT can prove to be especially beneficial for enterprise, where connecting employees’ devices to all the other equipment can make the work easier for them, thereby making them more productive with lesser time and effort taken on their part.
What is the True Potential of IoT in Enterprise Mobile Computing?
IoT includes all electronic items, mobile and otherwise. Things such as printers, barcode scanners, machine sensors, motion sensors, RFID tags , video cameras and so on, can be connected to each other via this technology. Connecting them in a way so as to send relevant information to employee within the office network helps them work far more efficiently.
Many new devices are emerging today. The BYOD trend is now giving way to a new WYOD (Wear Your Own Device) trend within the office environment. There was a time, not too long ago, when developers had to think only of developing apps for the Android and iOS platforms. Things are very different now, with many innovative, hitherto unexplored, devices and interfaces starting to emerge in the market.
How Can Businesses Make the Most of Enterprise Mobility?
Today, the latest mobile devices and OS’ come with advanced functionality, which help them go far beyond mere accessing data and applications. All industries ranging from shopping, retail, hospitality, investment, banking and payment are going mobile. Mobility helps not only to bring this wealth of information to users, but also to offer them related information such as navigation, location-based services, product price comparisons and so on.
Business organizations would do well to could create apps that can connect to the various devices around and deploy the same to employees; making sure that they are secure to use and also support all of the multiple mobile devices and OS’ employees use within the office environment. Needless to say, companies must draw out a proper enterprise mobility strategy before offering these conveniences to its workers.
What Type of Industries Could Use IoT and Mobility?
IoT and mobile, used together, could prove to be advantageous to just about any industry. The field of healthcare is beginning to integrate IoT with mobile and wearable devices, the cloud and big data analytics. The smartwatches now available contain sensors, which can be used to monitor several aspects of the user’s health. This information is relayed to the physician or the medical institution of their choice. Healthcare practitioners then gather and analyze this data to assess their patient’s overall health; also video conferencing with their colleagues as and when required; finally offering better treatment to their clients.
In the mechanics and utility industry, using smart meters and smart grids can improve overall worker efficiency and productivity, while also reducing the amount of mechanical energy consumed. Technicians can use this technology to interact with fellow workers to find out a solution to a mechanical problem they may not be able to solve by themselves. Moreover, they could use location-aware inventory systems in order to glean information about outlets nearby, stocking a particular spare part they may need. This would help them procure the part easily, without having to head back to their warehouse all the time. This would also benefit merchants, who could widen their customer base by letting potential users know about the products and services they have to offer.
What Are the Security-Related Issues for Enterprises?
While integrating IoT with enterprise mobility can be of great help to the enterprise sector as a whole, the most important problem is that of security and privacy. Enterprises are even more at risk and have to ensure, at all times, that their sensitive data is maintained as secure as possible.
With the steep rise in the BYOD and WYOD trend in office, IT departments need to ensure that they are supplying official information to only those employees who are authorized to receive the same. All apps that are deployed to employees need to be absolutely secure. Furthermore, the company must have the authority to remotely wipe sensitive content from an employee’s phone in case their devices are misplaced or stolen, or if they step down from their official post.
In order to ensure that their data is always secure, the IT department must formulate detailed data protection and mobile device policies, even before opting to support enterprise mobility