I have been speaking with friends and people across my network who are sitting around and twiddling their thumbs. However, my phone is ringing off the hook! My re-sellers are busy due to the fact they’re not reliant on one particular sector and also because they have been able to see how technology can do the heavy lifting across a lot of different sectors, from CCTV to e-health, track and trace to digital signage.
In the midst of Covid I see an opportunity for various industries to enjoy the advantages and value of IoT. Before M2M became IoT I always described it as ‘’a device talking to another device with no human intervention’’. It’s that “no human intervention” element that really triggered with me. IoT is a sweet spot right now because it’s removing that human intervention.
For example, if we look at building maintenance where you have people on site switching devices on/off, changing this, monitoring that – you don’t actually need to have many things manned because you can remotely monitor and control lights, locks, doors, panels, electricity, etc. IoT enables you to do certain jobs remotely. With IoT you’re removing the need for humans to perform a task on site where a device can do it for you.
If we’re talking about industries like urban micro mobility, I see a company like VOI with their electric scooters as having a massive opportunity to remove the workforce from public transport while enabling people to still travel. The UK government says you can go to work but you should think about if you can walk, bike, or use the car, instead of using public transport – this is where micro-mobility can really make a difference in our cities.