IoT and Business Telecommunications: What the Internet of Things Trends Mean for Business Telecommunications
The internet has forever altered our lives, which is why the “internet of things” (IoT) trends will undoubtedly affect your business, too, especially your telecommunications systems. Learning more about IoT and business telecommunications implications will make you better prepared for future success.
Internet of Things Definition
The internet of things is a concept that refers to internet-connected devices that communicate with each other through a single, remotely accessible network. Commonplace examples of IoT are “smart home” gadgets like the security system, TV, thermostat or refrigerator you can control via a smartphone or tablet. IoT will continue to expand as more devices, appliances and fixtures are designed to join the internet.
Broadly speaking, IoT refers to a system of Internet-connected devices that are able to
collect and transfer data. Advances in hardware, network connectivity, interoperability and software are accelerating the development of IoT technologies. As electronic devices have become smaller, more capable and less expensive, it has become possible to expand the universe of internet-connected things.
The applications of IoT are far-reaching. Regardless of your industry, IoT will have a direct or indirect impact on your business, especially your telecommunications.
IoT and Business Telecommunications Advantages
IoT is already influencing today’s business, however, many companies have yet to fully integrate the technology into their operations. IoT devices like sensors are cost effective and impactful in helping companies gather big data, monitor operations, predict equipment breakdowns and streamline operations. With telecommunications, IoT has the power to improve the customer experience, security and network service usage. To take full advantage of these benefits, you need expert advice. Here are some ways we can help your business harness IoT in telecommunications:
IoT protocols and integration with 5G networks means your business will need all the speed and bandwidth it can get to transmit data from thousands of IoT enabled devices. If you’re not sure if your current internet connectivity is up to the task, now’s the time to consult with your telecommunications provider.
When your business counts on IoT devices working together in real time, downtime has to be avoided. Your telecom provider should implement redundant systems that keep you from suffering through outages.
At the heart of IoT is the ability to track, gather and use data. Along with those functions comes the need for data storage, security and analysis. Cloud solutions offered by a telecommunications provider like Universal Connectivity can make handling all that data more streamlined and secure. You may also be interested in finding out how specialized platforms can use AI and ML to provide predictive analytics.
VoIP Phone Systems
Voice over internet protocol (VoIP) business phone systems utilize IoT technology to provide a wide range of features, like go-anywhere office phones, integrated call analytics, video surveillance and video conferencing. IoT devices can accept voice commands via phone, for instance to unlock an office door. They can even place warning phone calls, for example if inventory runs low or a machine malfunctions. If your business is currently using conventional phone systems, you could miss out on all the VoIP benefits.
Many industries are tracking the physical location of vehicles, orders or other assets via embedded sensors and mobile apps. If your business could benefit from asset monitoring, you’ll need extended communications networks from your telecommunications provider.
Keep Ahead of Internet of Things Trends
Having a successful business today isn’t just about great products, competitive pricing or dedicated service (although they’re important). You must understand how emerging technologies like IoT will affect your business to stay ahead of the curve. The next step is to work with an experienced telecommunications service provider to develop and implement an IoT solution that best fits your needs. Book a consultation today.