Category: Smart Life

5 Business Ideas to Automatize Processes with IoT

The Internet of Things and Cloud Computing have been accelerating the digitization of different economic sectors from the last 30 years. This is exactly the case of the Industrial Sector, where pioneers, started decades ago working on digitization and process automation, always looking better efficiency in their processes to be more competitive. This digital revolution of  Process Automation started in the fabrication area, inside the factories,  where the computers started managing connected machines and business systems.

Ten year ago, match in time  with the first mobility technologies and other technologies like Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) or GPS Systems in real time, another process started in the factories: the automation of processes outside factories, like logistic systems. Nowadays it seems normal to see traceability packages from factories to clients or in other areas of supply chain like inventory warehouse. Since a few year ago, many companies in different sectors are including Internet of Things in their strategies to transform and digitalize their businesses. The consequences  of introducing this tech are various and can give an answer to many different cases. The Process Automation outside factories is a good illustration about the use of IoT technologies to cost reduction and better efficiency.

When a company decides to transform their products into connected products, including sensors and internet connectivity into them, on one hand they want to explore new business models and in other hand  they also can use this information to automate some processes thanks the new information available or remote control over the products.There are so many examples already available, for example about Condition Monitoring ( we wrote a post about that here with a few examples)  on of them is Max, an elevator of Thyssen Krupp.

In the lift case,The elevators companies can introduce IoT in their maintenance processes and  include some sensors to receive information, analyze that and can predict some errors or failures before they happen. This improvement is a big change because now you can have the information in real time and before this specific information was only available if the maintenance team are there. The evolution of lifts towards the Internet of Things to the lift permits :

  1. Analyzing operational data from distance and improve the predictive maintenance, avoid failures  for example in some pieces that are starting to work improperly. It can automatize the maintenance, programming better scheduled calendar, including less maintenance.
  2. Improving the on-site maintenance by automating the process of provisioning the list of materials needed by the technician to do the job on the first visit. Therefore avoiding a second visit an intervention with the associated extra cost.    
  3. Automate the supervision of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) guarantee and process. Because you have real time information about availability and operation of the equipment, companies can improve their warranty service.
  4. Some quality processes can be automatize too, because now you have almost all the  statistical  information needed in the detection defective parts or production batches.  
  5. Billing processes can be improved by IoT too, for example including new variables like usage based billing usage conditions.

The Automation Process for connected objects is just one of the multiples choices  and challenges that  Internet of Things offers. If we have a map of the processes of a company, we will surely see IoT impacting in most of them. In some cases we can even see how the process is transformed from a manual process into a fully automated process.

Take for example a car rental through a mobile app . Thanks to IoT, now you can choose a car in one point of a city and return it in another place without human interaction in the process. Companies like Car2go and Emov are already this service in Madrid City.

Are you thinking to improve your business processes and be more efficiency with IoT? Contact us, tell us about your business  and we offer our best IoT solution to you.

Recently our CEO Miguel Castillo was invited by ICEMD (spanish) to write an article about Process Automation and IoT. This post is not a literal traduction but include some of his words in that.
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The last beauty secret: Internet of Things

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) is one of the most important showcases to launch new electronic products. There are news in many sectors every year, and the beauty sector, which move millions of dollars around the world tries to take advantage here.  The pharmaceutical group Pierre Fabre, through the Elancyl brand, has launched a new IoT product: Le Slim Massage Coach ( you can read the french article here). The company focuses in anticellulite treatments. This product introduces a new feature in the market: the personal coach. This “ coach” runs with an mobile app too that tell you information about your progress.

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Recently we read an article in techcrunch about the well known company L´Oreal.The big emporio has a brand, Kérastase that has launched at CES, a smart hairbrush.  The brush runs with different sensors (including a microphone) and with a mobile app too. For example, the microphone detects the hair soundwaves to identify dryness, breakage or frizziness. The other sensors take information about the brushing force or speed. All the data about your hair or how you use your brush on it, are analyzed in order to recommended you special treatments or products .

These companies are big players in the beauty sector, and their brands are well know to million of consumers around the globe. They also have a very good marketing machinery behind to sell their product lines, combining IoT devices with their existing products. But technology always leaves space for innovative companies. This is the case of HIMirror Plus. The company launched a new mirror that  identifies you and analyzes your skin (including wrinkles and black spots). It can for example simulate different light scenarios in order to help with your make up or tell you about your progress. You have all the information about it in their website.

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The business of Beauty is all about giving personalized products to your customers. All “smart beauty” products follow that approach. IoT technology is the perfect technology to transform a normal product into a connected and personalized product.  At Carriots, we have a experienced team to carry your company to the next IoT level. Let’s talk.

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It´s raining cats and dogs … wearables and devices!

The wearables market has exploded and there are dozens of solutions for many daily problems that we have or wearables that make our life easier and comfortable. But when we talk about wearables, people usually think about wearables for humans and there is another market with dozens of IoT solutions:we talk about pets. And it will be a big market, recently we read an article about pet wearables and tech by Sandy Robins who says that this market is set to be a $2.6 billion industry by 2019 (according to a IDTechEx report).

Our domestic animals are part of our families and we can take care of them using some IoT devices. Dogs and Cats are the kings of this category. One of the most  used features for pet wearables is a GPS to record the activity of your pet and send the information to your phone . This information tells you if your pet is a bit lazy and need practice more sport. There are some companies working in this area like PitPat, Whistle or Wonderwoof. All works with a smart collar or a device you must to put in the collar of your cat/dog.

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A bit further is Pet Pace, that tracks health information of your cat or dog like: temperature, heart beating, respiration rate or the body posture of you pet to identify pain for example. This devices is sold to veterinarians too . The information is collected by a smart non-invasive collar and send all the data to an app mobile to manage it.

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Beyond these connected collars, there are other devices to help us take care of our pets like PetNet which Is a Smart Feeder that allows you to manage the feeding times and the portion sizes from your smartphone. PetCube is another company who has many solutions in this line, like a reward cookie system or a device that  allows you to have streaming video of your pet , talk to him and play with a laser toy. You can see the video to see how it works.

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And also PetCube  works with your Apple Watch. Not all useful things are made with very high tech, sometimes devices for our pets are only good ideas, like Piqapoo. It is a kickstarter project, very well explained by Matthew Hughes here( video is funny to see).

There is no census of connected dogs versus cats but, do you prefer cats or dogs?

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Harder, better, faster, stronger … Sports with IoT

Christmas season is just around the corner and smart bracelets to track your favorite sport might be the perfect gift. Sport wearable devices, combined with apps, help you train properly while they also motivate you. You might already know the wonders of the most known products but here are some other interesting IoT sport products:

For example, if you are a runner probably want to try the Under Armour Gemini 2 shoes. The shoe is connected with an app to your mobile ( although there is  no need to run with your phone) and the shoes tracks every run you make. The app get a map of your run and suggest how to improve yourself by the next. Also a pair notifies you when you achieve 400 miles that is the calculation of time that a pair can used properly ( and time to buy a new pair of course).  In the web site you have information about how the pair of shoes works,in the next video Under Armour team speaks about how was the creation of the shoes and how every detail was important.

If your sport is baseball-softball Zepp is for you. It is a training platform that mixes a free app and a sensor you put in your baseball bat. The system tracks your swings and smart coaches you the areas you must focus on. The instant evaluations can even render swing in 3D. You can even go social and compare your training with other players.

Zepp has also a similar solutions for golf players. This time the sensors are located in a wearable glove. If you like like tennis, then check Babolat products. They are the pioneers in racquets sports. Babolat  launched the first product, the “Play&Connect Racquet”, back in 2012. It is used by  professionals like Rafa Nadal.

There are other examples for well known companies like Adidas developing solutions in the IoT arena, like Micoach Smart Ball that tracks your strikes and show how you manipulate the soccer ball .The ball hides a sensor to collect data like the power of your kick, the speed or how the strike is and sends to your phone. Like other solutions, your smartphone app becomes a smart coach to improve your ball handling.

More than geek gadgets

Most of these sport wearables are considered simply geek gadgets to improve the amateur  pratice. But now they are becoming more and more  useful to  “End the Pain”. An interesting article in Technologist.eu Magazine talks about sport and technology and one of the topics is the efficiency in the computer simulations to prevent injuries (and other interesting topics too related with sport and tech) or help in the recovery process . You can read about the  example of Kitman Labs, a company that has a product to transform data into insights to reduce player injuries and optimize the players health .

With Internet of Things you can be ready to practise any sport, don’t you? Or at least you can find nice christmas gift ideas.

Related info:

www.underarmour.com/en-us/gemini-record-equipped
www.zepp.com
www.babolat.com
www.adidas.com/us/micoach-smart-ball/G83963.html
www.technologist.eu/the-sports-revolution
www.kitmanlabs.com

*all the pictures/videos are from the company websites

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Baby’s wearables : for Geek daddies and mommies too!

The Internet of Things is not only changing the world around us, furthermore is bringing solutions to existing problems ( or worries ) for recent parents . One of the first concerns for parents is knowing if the baby is still breathing or not. Most newborn parents wake up several times at night only to check if all is correct. Owlet is a smart sock that scans the heart rate and monitors the oxygen, using oximetry technology. The information is sent to a base station you can put in your room. In case something goes wrong, alarms with sound red light can wake you.

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But hey! That’s not all! Are your worried about the temperature of the nursery? OK that might sound like a TV commercial but take a look a this other product combining MImo and Nest. Mimo has developed a Smart onesie (washable) to monitor your baby and tell you information about how your baby is breathing and also other information like the body position or the sleeping temperature. Nest is the well known Smart Thermostat bought by Google. Mimo and Nest work together and this way you can adjust the thermostat of the room with your Nest app if the baby is too warm for example. Also includes a camera to see what is going on. With this you can be a certified Geek dad or mom!

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Sometimes, babies are ill and it is mandatory to check the temperature several times a day…but you better be very careful to not disturb the baby if he is asleeped. In this case you might want to try TempTraq, an intelligent patch. This wearable thermometer continuously records baby temperature and sends alerts to your mobile phone. It also records the historical temperature data to see fluctuations.

You have more information in the companies websites:

http://www.owletcare.com/
http://mimobaby.com/
https://www.temptraq.com/

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Ôasys, a new household water-tracking in KickStarter

Ôasys is a new start-up with an innovative idea: a water-tracking tool you can use at home to control your water consumption. The tool is very easy to install at home and shows how much water you use, track the progression and set challenges to reduce your total consumption. The tool puts the information into context showing real-time local water reserve levels, and precipitation forecasts. It also alerts if the water consumption changes meaning that its possible you have a leak or a overuse.

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Now the company just launched a campaign in Kicstarter to step forward to achieve the production of the tool.

If you want to know more or support them here is the Ôasys KickStarter

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