After promising to improve our personal way of life, IoT is now helping in the enterprise! Connected devices promised to get you in better shape, improve your sleep and ease your everyday life; now it’s the same for your company. Firms are adopting IoT products to connect and improve their business processes. In particular, there is a growing demand for geolocation integration with enterprise applications. Many reasons for this : Improve the efficiency of processes, reduce costs, secure infrastructures, enhance people safety, comply with standards… all these key challenges need the help of geolocation!
IoT and connected objects are a matter of turning real world objects into digital things, so that they could be made easily manageable by your IT systems. Knowing in real time where your production goods are, finding at any moment a lost package, alerting you when employees are in danger, studying people flows… all this is gold for companies! But how to get these benefits in the most reliable way? And what to do with this information?
Choosing the right technology… a brain teaser!
Selecting the right technology is the key for success here. There are many technologies allowing the localization of goods and people within an infrastructure: video cameras, infrared links, ultrasound chirps, radio frequency signal strength or timing, magnetic localization, etc.… All these technologies have pros and cons, and selecting a specific geolocation method over another one is often complex and time consuming! This is an essential step in order to find the right trade-off between the expected performances of the system, its cost and ease of install and use.
By observing working on these issues Wyres aims to make the benefits of geolocation more accessible for companies! How?
- First, we selected a range of reliable and effective geolocation methods to mix into our own solution: LoRa, Radio, Bluetooth Low Energy, ultrasounds… That allows us to offer an adaptive solution according to specific needs.
- Then, we designed the easiest installation of any geolocation solution! Fixed point and mobile connected objects that can be put anywhere, without any cables and compatible with any existing infrastructure.
- Finally, we propose an easy to integrate interface for geolocation management, using our own cloud application, which allow you to integrate into your existing ERP, observe data in real time, create alerts to other application, and even to take direct actions such as triggering actions on mobile objects, automatic door opening, emergency phone calls etc….
What makes our product so innovative? One reason is that we are unique in the indoor geolocation market to exploit the wireless LoRa technology, which is the network for IoT! It allows us to provide a very simply installable solution due to long range and long battery life, with huge capabilities: indoor as well as outdoor geolocation, communication in isolated places, data transmission in both uplink and downlink directions… Then we complemented this with several location technologies, to make a system that’s customisable to each need, whatever the challenge to be met: long battery life, low cost, object size, location accuracy…
A way to better business applications!
What did we learn during our first year developing location technologies? Well, lots about the latest IoT technologies are helping to develop the possibilities and the capabilities of geolocation!
But also, that geolocation is just a means to an end, a basis for improving multiple vertical applications. For example, the important thing is not to know that somebody is somewhere, but that they are in danger and what actions can be taken automatically to react and save them. Gathering information and taking actions in real time is the real power behind the merger of IoT and location. From this starting point, we understood that geolocation is only the first step in releasing the full benefits of IoT in the enterprise. Our next aim, our next step, is to enable the workflow actions and processes to benefit from the geolocation data!