When we talk about IoT for companies and industry 4.0, we’re talking about the most important growth driver of business productivity of the last decades. IoT stands for “Internet of Things”. It consists of a path of technological development which is potentially applicable to any object and creates an interconnection between objects that allows them to exchange data and information autonomously, thus transforming themselves into intelligent devices. This is why we often talk about “smart” objects. Industry 4.0 is the natural consequence of applying IoT technologies to business processes.
What is the fourth industrial revolution and how is it taking place? Industry 4.0 is an epochal revolution that will continue through our industry for years. It is destined to bring about changes that we are not yet able to imagine today.
Companies of all sizes, even with different paths, are increasingly aware of the impact on the competitiveness of a 4.0 approach. Suffice to say that, according to the report of the Industry 4.0 Observatory of the School of Management at the Politecnico di Milano, the value of this revolution is up by 35% compared to the previous year.
Industry 4.0 places man at the center of intelligent products and machines. The company is thus able to create disruptive value throughout the supply chain, both through a drastic reduction in costs, and through a greater qualification of production assets which leads to an increase in flexibility and productivity. It should also be considered that the National Industry 4.0 Plan (Impresa 4.0) offers all Italian companies important tools to seize innovative and digital opportunities related to the fourth industrial revolution and the IoT for companies. The Plan provides for specific measures of enabling factors. Such measures that have been further strengthened in 2020.
IoT for companies
The opportunities offered by the IoT for companies are concrete and already allow companies to become more competitive in a short time through real-time supervision and control of products and processes. The mass of information gathered from a myriad of connected and interconnected smart objects is generating value for companies like never before.
The implementation of IoT technologies provides an infrastructure articulated on different networks and systems. Typically, an infrastructure for IoT applications consists of the following parts:
- Connection infrastructure between sensors and data reception
- Optionally, a collector and peripheral data analyzer (Edge Computing)
- Data collection and storage
- Elaboration, analysis, visualization and control
Connected products offer the great advantage of simplifying use for both the end user and the manufacturer, as well as for installers and support technicians. In addition to providing new functionalities to improve processes and historical data that can be analyzed (perhaps supported by AI systems), the Industrial IoT allows you to obtain competitive advantages, to introduce new products and services, in so far as radically transforming the core business of the company, for example, by allowing the functionality of the object produced to be marketed as a service, both to business customers and directly to consumers.
Fields of application
IoT for companies has already demonstrated its effectiveness in dozens of different use cases and there are an infinite number of fields of application in a promising experimental stage. It is now well established that the IoT use cases in the industrial sector will continue to expand in the coming years. Among the main application choices of the IOT for Italian companies, we would like to mention the following examples:
- Business management (Smart Factory)
- Real-time production control
- Preventive maintenance of machinery inside factories
- Logistics Support (Smart Logistics)
- The Smart Lifecycle in the conception, management and extinction of products
The top sectors that truly believe in the advantages of Iot for companies are Smart Mobility, Smart Buildings and Smart Home. Let’s also not forget about Smart Asset Management (management of corporate resources) and that of Analytics (monitoring and interpretation of collected data).
At MOLO//17, we have had different experiences in many industries, and yet we always create just the perfect conditions to give the client company the opportunity to excel and stand out from competitors.
By way of example, but not limited, we mention the following sectors:
We use customized technological tools, chosen based on the project needs and without any technological pre-concept, to help our customers always achieve that much sought after competitive advantage.
Why choose MOLO//17 as your partner?
To develop a successful app, it is essential to create a path that blends the technological components with the strategic ones. Innovation is not achieved simply by adding new technology to a company: innovation means first of all understanding the changes in the environment around us, appropriating the latest scientific discoveries, and then proposing concrete responses that are consistent with the needs of customers. In a rapidly changing world, innovation is a necessary condition for survival.
In order to avoid leaving an innovation process to chance, MOLO//17 has developed an original and exclusive method, which takes into account all the ingredients needed to build the future on solid and ambitious foundations.
When developing apps with MOLO//17, the macro-phases of the project are:
This is the most consultative phase of the project, in which the basic idea is refined and a detailed strategy is developed.
In this phase, the initial ideas are made real and concrete. The technical feasibility is analyzed and a prototype of the app to be developed is created.
The actual development phase. The code is created and the enabling factors are provided. MOLO//17 follows the principles of the Agile philosophy.
This phase involves the release of the software developed in the production environments and all necessary documentation is produced.
This phase involves facilitating the introduction of business innovation. Our innovation managers support the customer and help with each implementation.
Lastly, we provide all necessary application and infrastructure support. We resolve any issues that arise and consolidate the development code.
The technological know-how
MOLO//17 is a state of the art software house. We test and adopt technologies that will become the standards of the future before the others. We do it without any preconceptions whatsoever: we are not tied to a specific technology or to a specific software company because we prefer to adopt the most effective technology at the time based on the specificities of individual projects.
In order to use the technologies of tomorrow today, we invest heavily in research and development and in staff training. We can boast excellent skills in all the main development focuses, from mobile to web, from IoT to VR/AR.
To continue to be competitive, every single company must deal with the real world that surrounds it. It must pay attention to the needs of its customers, to the solutions that the market is offering and the still unexplored possibilities. It has to accept the challenge of changing. App development with MOLO//17 becomes an exciting and very concrete challenge to your competitors, aimed at creating new standards within your reference market.