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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

6. UPS

IoT in the enterprise: UPS
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UPS uses IoT sensors to reduce its impact on the environment by monitoring its mileage, optimum speed and overall engine health.

The aim is to reduce fuel consumption and improve its efficiency. This should in turn reduce costs, save money and ultimately improve UPS as a whole.

7. British Gas

IoT in the enterprise: British Gas
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British Gas is expanding its IoT profile with the already established Hive, a smart meter able to control your heating and hot water remotely. British Gas are planning on developing a new platform calledHoneycomb to work alongside it. Enabling integration with smart energy applications will make it possible for homeowners to switch to 'holiday mode', essentially one platform connecting numerous devices.

8. Johnnie Walker

IoT in the enterprise: Johnnie Walker
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British drinks company Diageo is owner of numerous world-famous brands and it is making its Johnnie Walker Blue Label whiskey 'smart'. Adding connected technology to each bottle will gift the consumer an interactive experience. Each bottle will have the technology to sense whether the bottle has been opened and send messages via their labels when interacted with a smartphone.

9. John Deere

IoT in the enterprise: John Deere
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John Deere manufactures equipment for agricultural, construction, and forestry industries. It is using big data and IoT to monitor the level of moisture in soil to help farmers 'make timely irrigation decisions'. 

The data gained will help farmers produce better yields and will essentially tell them when the soil is at its best or when irrigation is needed.

This should result in reduced running costs and better produce.

10. Walt Disney World

IoT in the enterprise: Walt Disney World

Disney World have created 'MagicBand', a wearable wristband containing RFID tags. Disney World visitors can check-in to the park, buy food, and gain fast pass on rides by tapping the band on receivers. 

Disney can then use this data to track the movement of visitors though the park and determine which areas, rides and attractions are the most popular and which areas of the park require more attention. 

11. William Tracey Group

IoT in the enterprise: William Tracey Group
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The William Tracey Group is one of the UK's largest recycling management companies. Their strategy enables chipped wheelie bins, smart weighing arms on collection trucks and on-board computer to collect the data. This data should aid enterprises to protect the environment while creating new business opportunities.

12. BT and the Internet of Cows


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