The Role of Mobile Tools in IoT implementation

By CIOReview | Thursday, March 1, 2018
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Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled technology and applications are gradually bringing about a production process that is not just better connected but also more lucrative. While several manufacturers have successfully started implementing IoT, for others, it involves making a major shift from paperwork, which, to the uninformed, can appear scary. The aim of introducing IoT is to increase productivity and improve the return on investment (ROI) in the long run.

It becomes necessary to adopt IoT advancements at a suitable pace for the business. The easiest way to ensure this would be to entrust workers, the most important assets of the company, with the power of mobile technology. This will ensure further advancement by providing the workers with the tools they require to ensure their access to software and back-office systems in the manufacturing environment. Moreover, using mobile technology, both manufacturing managers and workers can initiate the IoT transformation, enabling them to make operational decisions from anywhere, with knowledge of data real-time, which makes them more productive, efficient and adaptable to future advancements in technology.

Mobile devices that enable workers to access updated IoT-derived data while transitioning from office to the forklift and finally to the manufacturing floor, without downtime, is required to be tough due to the inherently rough manufacturing floor. This is so that the mobile devices are able to withstand the dust and other particulate matter typically found in such environments. Rugged tablets have been found to fit these requirements while adapting to the requirements of the manufacturers and workers seamlessly. Rugged mobile tools allow workers to remain connected to real-time data from any part of the manufacturing environment, while being tough to withstand falls and environmental damage, making it the ideal tool to use.