Internet of Things is not often associated with business management. After all, connecting things to the internet is more in line of enhancing products and collecting data than with the day-to-day operations of a business except when the day to day running of the business actually depends on connected products and the ability to collect meaningful data. A way to address this discrepancy is to look at how IoT can enhance current business management solutions, or maybe just day-to-day business management. A mundane, but illustrative, business example can pave the way:

Running a rodent or animal control business involves placing animal traps at customers locations and then remove what is caught in the traps in a timely way. Apart from necessary functions like business location, phones, web site and the ability to dispose of animals the business involves three major physical/human components:

  • Traps
  • Technicians setting/inspecting traps and interacting with customers.
  • Vans or Trucks used to transport traps to and remove them and content from customers locations.

IoT can enhance all three of these:

  • IoT connected traps that automatically report their location and status.
  • Mobile phone applications that show technicians the status and location of each trap
  • IoT trackers that report the location and movement of every Van or Truck.

An initial IoT solution will combine information from IoT traps and trackers into one application that provides real time information about trap status to technicians on their mobile app and the same information with van/truck location to dispatcher or operations manager of the business. Integrating this IoT solution with existing applications for order handling and billing will provide a Business Management Solution for any rodent and animal control business or office.

This is just an example among many where IoT devices and applications can enhance a business management system. You find them by looking at IoT solutions and applications and how they enhance business management. The next step is to enhance existing business management practices and systems. The final step is to develop a Business Management Solution that incorporates not only IoT, but other relevant business functions. Since these other business systems may be old, maybe time to develop an IoT and cloud-based Business Management Solution for the customers you serve with your IoT products. At Triotos, we specialize at developing cloud based IoT solutions using the Amazon Web Services IoT platform. Working with customers to augment these with business management functions allows our clients to develop and offer Business Management Solutions to their customers. To find out more about how we can do this for your company, go to web site and contact us for more information.

About the Author

Mats Samuelsson

Mats Samuelsson is the CTO & VP Marketing and Business Development for Triotos. In this role, he is responsible for the new business, development, integration, and deployment of Triotos technology initiatives.