We’ve survived many months of uncertainty, isolating ourselves in our homes. Economies have started rebooting their operations. Things are starting to become normal despite the looming threat of the world’s most feared pandemic. For businesses, the ‘reboot’ process will not be smooth. Employers are still forced to ask their employees to work from home as a safety precaution against the second wave of COVID-19.
So how can businesses offer their products/services while only a few employees are allowed at work?
This certainly pushes businesses to figure out an innovative approach to maintain their growth and keep customers satisfied. But what we are going to look at is where IoT fits in this frame.
Specializing in the Internet of Things (IoT), the team at WeMakeIoT has been thinking about doing our part to enable businesses to make an easier comeback while fortifying themselves against the second wave of the pandemic; using IoT of course.
Our expertise as a leading IoT service provider gave us a few ideas to leverage IoT to transform the three core guidelines against COVID-19, that are:
- Working from home
- Contactless transactions
- Physical distancing
A potent combination of IoT and AI can benefit all the above 3 guidelines considerably.
At WeMakeIoT, we have been exploring and researching the application of IoT in asset management and physical condition monitoring for a long time now. Obviously, any reliable IoT service provider would be interested in looking into the application of this technology in the Health sector.
Working from home
By connecting machines, products and assets to the internet, people can monitor required stats and performance from their homes. With some level of Business Process Automation, work will be streamlined further and taking care of their individual job responsibilities will be much easier for employees.However, implementing IoT-powered solutions now require businesses to invest in achieving transparency, real-time tracking, safety and also meeting government guidelines. Using predictive analytics, IoT-enabled devices identify issues much earlier and the data collected from the devices can provide actionable insights.
Despite the tremendous advantages IoT can provide, many jobs still need people to be present at the physical location. For instance, construction sites, farms and factories require people to be present physically. And if they are, they should be keeping a distance between each other.
In such cases, the team at WeMakeIoT suggests that the business establish controlled environments and hand each present employee an IoT-enabled wearable device – anything from smart watches to smart belts and smart helmets. The devices can be programmed to warn the wearer if they are getting too close physically to another employee. It can also remind them to use sanitizers periodically. In addition, the wearables can even identify if the user has high fever or stress allowing managers to make quick decisions that involve employee health, environment safety and business productivity.
Not touching anything is a struggle in itself. But from what we’ve covered so far in this blog, you can be pretty sure that IoT can help with this as well. A technology that supports both working from home and tracking physical distance can also ensure contactless transactions provided certain tasks and processes are automated.
A simple use case is with smart lights. The lights turn on automatically without the user having to tap the switch by sensing proximity and tracking user movements. Additionally, using motion-activated sensors and IoT-enabled devices, companies can save a lot of energy and budget.
The team at WeMakeIoT also suggests using IoT to automatically adjust temperature inside buildings thereby managing indoor humidity levels. This also, to an extent, minimizes the survival rate of viruses. In addition, the use of voice-activated devices and apps also promotes contactless transactions. Voice-command activations are becoming common nowadays in the form of smart elevators, coffee machines and even vending machines.
For businesses, face recognition-enabled access control mechanisms can be useful as well. Though this particular application is sensitive as it involves the processing and use of personal data, in controlled environments, say in corporate offices, universities etc. where the users are known already, such mechanisms can be very useful as they don’t require users to physically touch buttons or use their ID cards to swipe for access. To conclude, contactless transactions using IoT is a feasible approach with added benefits like cost reduction, energy-saving etc.
IoT actually is a technology of the future with capabilities to bring businesses back in full swing. For the best results, IoT should be used along with other technologies like AR/VR, AI, and drones. But to enable such an acceleration in digital transformation, your choice of IoT service provider is also vital.
WeMakeIoT is an experienced IoT service provider that can help your business with such a transformation granting better sustainability and improved cost efficiency. Get in touch with us to learn more about what we do and how we do it.