The Internet of Things may sound like a complex technology to understand, but with a little time, you can understand how to put your business one step ahead with the future of connectivity.
When I first approached the concept of the Internet of Things, it was admittedly a hard concept to grasp. This may be true for some of you, and maybe not for others. However, wherever you stand in your understanding of IoT, there’s probably still a lot that you don’t know. As I embarked on my journey to understand IoT deeper and how one would implement this technology in modern business infrastructure, I took an online class from Dr. Timothy Chou.
When you engage with IoT, there are plenty of opportunities to be left confused, especially if programming and machine design isn’t your strong suit. You hear terms like Reference Architecture and Virtual Entity thrown around and before you know it your mind has become goo. I’m of course mostly joking, but there is no shortage of jargon when it comes to the IoT industry. This course helped explain IoT in a way that was both technically satisfying as an engineer but also easy to understand.
For most of its life the Internet of Things has been treated like a technical issue. While that’s mostly true for the operational technology, IoT needs to be implemented by marketers, engineers, and businesspeople alike. Apart from the technical aspects, this Internet of Things provides us a way to know about our business assets (such as tractors, gene sequencers, buildings and wind turbines) to a greater extent than ever possible. Furthering this idea is at the core of Dr. Tim’s course and the course is perhaps the best resource to understanding how to implement IoT technologies that I have ever found.
Whether you are interested in learning more about IoT for educational purposes or even implementing the technology in your workplace, this resource is perfect for either path. The same technology that will turn your TV on when you sit down on the couch in the future will be the same one to save companies millions in improved and more efficient designs. Instead of having to send a quality assurance manager around to check plant temperatures and performance data, all of that information can now or soon will be collected in real time and fed to a central hub. While that may sound expensive and even perhaps unnecessary, it will soon be the operational norm in production plants. Unfortunately for many companies, they will brush off IoT as unnecessary. Before you decide whether IoT is going to be unnecessary for you, do some research and figure out what it is all about. The worst thing that could happen is you get a little smarter.
If you would like to take the IoT course, it is available for free here.