At Blue Bean Software, we’re always checking trends and envisioning how we can give our clients the newest and greatest tech in the industry; or at least have some fun topics to chew on during lunchtime. This week we’re looking at IoT and how the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing.
1. Google Shuts down its IoT Core service
Google IoT Core was launched in 2017 as a managed service for device connection and management. It offered the ability to connect, manage, and ingest data from millions of globally dispersed devices. This service gave users the ability to exploit Google’s suite of data tools including Cloud Dataflow, BigQuery, Cloud Bigtable, ML, and Google Data Studio.
This promising development has, however, seemingly run its course. Google Cloud announced that it is shutting down its IoT Core service, giving customers a year to move to a partner to manage their IoT devices.
The tech giant has a reputation for shutting down projects at a moment’s notice and their IoT Core Services have now joined the ranks of Google Glass, Google Cloud Print and Hangouts as another promising project cut down.
Commenting on the situation a Google spokesperson explained, “Since launching IoT Core, it has become clear that our customers’ needs could be better served by our network of partners that specialize in IoT applications and services. We have worked extensively to provide customers with migration options and solution alternatives and are providing a year-long runway before IoT Core is discontinued.”
2. Supply chain disruption
Any person hoping to get their hands on the latest generation of gaming consoles knows how the recent semiconductor shortage has affected the consumer electronic market. Since the pandemic, companies have been struggling to move inventory quickly from manufacturer to warehouse and into the hands of consumers.
As the world is slowly getting back to normal, suppliers are still dealing with a massive backlog and IoT just might be what companies need to get the ball rolling again.
Supply and fleet management has been a recurring issue in the space and companies are using IoT to keep a more careful eye on supply levels. By having real-time data available, management can make data-driven decisions leading to a more fluid and stable supply chain.
3. Smart Office powered by IoT
Smart homes have been in the picture for a few years and have served as an introduction to IoT for many people. These conveniences at home are now making their way to your home away from home.
Offices have changed a lot since the rise of Covid and companies need to adapt. With hybrid and remote working becoming the norm, offices are no longer cookie-cutter solutions. Being able to essentially run an office remotely is a game changer and a manager’s dream.
From smart climate control to security and monitoring, you’ll always be at the helm of the working environment. IoT devices are evolving, and the office environment is in the crosshairs of hardware manufacturers. Developments and adoption of IoT devices are expanding and they are already showing promise. Smart furniture such as mirrors, desks and dividing walls have been shown to increase productivity and employee well-being echoing the mission of IoT. This mission of making life easier and more intuitive has found its foothold in offices and we’re already waiting to see what’s next and what’s possible.