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12 best uses of IoT in the enterprise

Christina Mercer | June 24, 2016
Taking a close look at the major companies targeting the internet of things

Reports suggest there will be 25 billion internet-connected things by 2020 and with more and more companies investing and making an impact in smart technology, here is how to use IoT in business. 

1. Rolls-Royce

IoT in the enterprise: Rolls-Royce
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Announced at the Hanover Messe Trade Show 2016, Microsoft and Rolls-Royce will collaborate to support Rolls-Royce intelligent engines and offer 'advanced operational intelligence to airlines'. Rolls-Royce will integrate Microsoft Azure IoT Suite and its Cortana Intelligence Suite to gather information on flight operations, fuel usage and maintenance planning. 

Previously, Rolls-Royce has invested in jet engine sensors to produce real-time data, and report back on the condition of the engine and even maintain it remotely.

2. Virgin Atlantic

IoT in the enterprise: Virgin Atlantic
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Virgin Atlantic are investing in the internet of things by making a fleet of Boeing 787 aircrafts and cargo devices connected with IoT devices and sensors. Each connected plane can expect to produce over half a terabyte of data per flight.

Virgin Atlantic IT director David Bulman said: "The latest planes we are getting, the Boeing 787s, are incredibly connected. Literally every piece of that plane has an internet connection, from the engines, to the flaps, to the landing gear."

From this mechanical problems can be reported before they even happen. 

3. Farmers Insurance

IoT in the enterprise: Farmers Insurance
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Farmers Insurance is setting their sights on the internet of things to help the automobile claims resolution proccess. 

CIO Ron Guerrier says a sensor-equipped car that gets hit by a shopping trolly in a car park could notify the owner, via an alert to their smartphone, about the incident and offer to contact a Farmers Insurance claims representative.

4. Fitness First

IoT in the enterprise: Fitness First
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Fitness First has invested in iBeacon technologies to track who exactly is entering their gyms and to send relevant information to them automatically. For example, iBeacon could highlight a person that regularly enters the gym and send a notification to encourage them to invite their friends.

5. Milton Keynes Council

IoT in the enterprise: Milton Keynes Council
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Milton Keynes Council, the Open University and BT and others have joined forces to build the UK's first city-wide, open access demonstration network for machine to machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things.

The network could be used for anything from monitoring car parking spaces to checking when rubbish bins need emptying, according to the partners.

The technology is being supplied and managed by BT and Neul. Working with Milton Keynes Council, they will install a network of Weightless base stations to provide coverage across the city for low power, connected sensors.


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