Practical uses of the Internet of Things for Cornish businesses

Practical uses of the Internet of Things for Cornish businesses

Turn to the IoT to make your business smarter and more efficient.

Delving into the digital world we often hear phrases like ‘AI’ and ‘IoT’ – but what do they mean and how can we use them to enhance what we are already doing in our businesses?  

Embracing emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things will leverage efficiencies in business processes. Turning to the Internet of Things (IoT) can make your business smarter and more efficient. 
 
Dr Nathan Jeffery tells us about IoT or ‘The Internet of Things’ sharing examples of how technology can automate nearly all manual tasks. 

IOT enabled water metering.

Enables monitoring of water consumption from different buildings or facilitiesremoving the need to send someone to manually read the meters. The other benefit of remote monitoring water meters is that it allows low level leaks to be identified and fixed before causing major problems, saving both time and money and reducing or avoiding water wastage. The machine is informing you before your even aware of there being a problem. 
 
Water meter monitoring can also save time as the meter data across your whole site is visible in a single dashboard, saving you time by removing the need to manually read multiple meters. 

IoT enabled leak and intruder detection.

Boat hire and boat trip companies, for example, could benefit from leak detection and intruder detection sensors. The leak detection sensor could be fitted to the boats to provide an early warning system for leaks, allowing early intervention and remedial action taken to prevent a major leak. This can again save time, reduce repair costs and help to prevent major problems from chronic water damage. 

An intruder detection sensor can send alerts to the boat’s owner if someone enters the boat whilst it is moored, tie this in with an IOT activated security camera and you’ll have the intruder “bang to rights”.

IoT enabled temperature and humidity sensors.

Temperature and humidity sensors could enable museums, galleries and libraries to monitor the conditions of the displays, books and storage to ensure the items in the displays are not at risk of being damaged. The system can provide alerts if the temperature or humidity rises above the acceptable limits. As well as providing protection against damage it can also help to reduce energy consumption Real-time monitoring and alerts allow you to keep the temperature and humidity nearer to the safe limit without risking damage, over time sustainably keeping energy usage to a minimum. 
 
Shops and businesses with cold stores or fridges could have 24/7 temperature monitoring and alert systems. Again, this can provide efficiencies by optimising the temperature to ensure it doesn’t get too high without using more energy, keeping it significantly colder than it needs to be. If the system fails, you would get alerted immediately avoiding significant spoilage of goods.

IoT enabled capacity sensors.

Covid-19 has brought a new focus on how many people are in shop. Capacity sensors can be linked to a red and green light system, automatically indicating whether the shop is at capacity. This helps shop owners to be confident of managing the capacity and limits of their space, with a simple and easy to understand system for informing customers and letting them know whether they can come in or must wait outside / come back later. 
 
Any holiday park with facilities in buildings could also benefit from this capacity monitoring system. Where the temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide levels affect customer experience these could be monitored to enable efficient management of the heating and ventilation system and optimal conditions for their customers, when using these facilities.

IoT enabled fire detection system

Sensors can be used to provide monitoring and alert systems covering a wide range of aspects of holiday park management. Any holiday park which has static caravans could have a wireless fire detection system which alerts the manager when fire is detected. this early alert can reduce damage as early intervention reduces the spread of any fire. This reduces the damage, saving money, time and increasing site safety.

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