The Internet of Things Journey: Smart Solutions to Reinvent Everyday Business

The Internet of Things is being praised by a growing number of companies for improving their performance, protecting their teams, optimizing production, optimizing the supply chain, and innovating for their customers with differentiated products and services, and is now at the heart of many projects. This is an opportunity for Orange Business Services to highlight its expertise in this field and the support that its teams provide.

If deployment of IoT systems stops in 2020, due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 represents renewed interest from industries in Europe. Many sectors of activity are concerned with the promises of the Internet of Things, including:

  • manufacturing industryWhich is now moving towards smart factories that offer advanced monitoring of production lines. This is thanks to the installation of sensors capable of detecting malfunctions in some equipment in real time and thus avoiding production interruptions, or even anticipating them thanks to predictive models. With these alerts, manufacturers can quickly remove affected equipment from the production line and make proactive maintenance a reality. Using the switch, improve production and uptime and reduce operating costs.
  • Auto industry, with cars now covered in sensors and electronics. These devices can now detect impending malfunctions and provide the driver with details of the malfunction, and the best course of action to address it (or at least not damage the vehicle). In addition, thanks to all the data reported by sensors on vehicles already in circulation, car manufacturers can more easily identify some anomalies, carry out the necessary updates and, above all, warn owners.
  • Transport and Logistics Sector It also presents several use cases for the Internet of Things. Whereas fleets of vehicles (cars, vans, heavy goods vehicles, etc.) intended for transit and delivery are the first to be able to take advantage of the advantages of the Internet of Things, with automatic re-selection of routes based on weather and traffic conditions, but also the availability of vehicles or the drivers themselves, thanks to the data from the IoT sensors; Marine and rail freight can also win everything by betting on the Internet of Things. This is in order to improve the filling of containers and to improve the calculation of the methods used. The stock itself can also include sensors to ensure close monitoring or to control the transit status of sensitive or dangerous products, or to detect temperature changes, for example. Requirements to which the food and pharmaceutical industries are above all subject.
  • big distribution It is also affected by the Internet of Things, with the aim of improving inventory management, but also to improve customer experience, improve re-stocking and reduce shrinkage. This in particular requires implementing smart shelves that are able to collect real-time information (by RFID for example) on existing products (thanks to their weight on the shelves) and link them to inventory, then trigger alerts if the quantity of products starts to fall. It is also possible to consider the automatic generation of offers and promotions targeted to consumers, depending on the state of the inventory.
  • Some Public services IoT devices can be used to notify subscribers of large-scale outages or unexpected outages, be it water, electricity, gas, etc. The Internet of Things also makes it possible to improve the lives of citizens, improve resource consumption and strengthen the attractiveness of regions. Automatic irrigation of green spaces, intelligent management of public lighting, improved management of waste and waste containers, etc. The use cases for cities are numerous and promising.
  • The Internet of Things also provides many advantages for the health. The Internet of Things can serve the challenges of telemedicine. In fact, some connected things equip patients with certain diseases and strengthen the connection with the doctor. Others are more responsive to the challenges of keeping seniors at home or even in the exact location of patient assistance assets, such as wheelchairs. Many other hospital assets can be traced in this way, to ensure proper use and investment of each department in the future.
  • The people’s security. In addition to monitoring physical assets, an IoT solution can also enhance the safety of employees who work daily in hazardous environments (chemical plants, power plants, oil or gas wells, etc.). Thanks to IoT sensors, they can be warned of accidents or incidents in progress, or they can be rescued as quickly as possible in the event of a problem.

To help these different sectors embrace and support this theme in this transformation, Orange and its partner network offer complete IoT solutions: from sensors to business software, including connectivity, data management platforms and equipment. They can be discovered in the journey of the Internet of Things.

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