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How to manage the influx of IoT data to improve your product.
Jun 10, 2018—
Smart, connected products—like Amazon Echo, FitBit fitness trackers and Nest thermostats—are hot in the market right now. Given that sensors have become so cheap, more and more manufacturers are adding smart, connected capabilities to their products. These capabilities aren't just good for business, though. Data from smart, connected products in the field can be used to improve and produce better products and lead to increased market share.
However, we're already a few years into the smart, connected revolution, and it's becoming apparent that fatigue has set in. Consumers are left scratching their heads over "dumb" smart, connected products. A quick search on the internet will find you a smart hairbrush that tells you if you're brushing your hair wrong and a toaster that will alert your phone when your toast is done. With all due respect, the manufacturers that created these products are just trying to jump on the Internet of Things (IoT) bandwagon.
Sensors, Sensors Everything
Unfortunately, you can't always slap on a sensor at the end of the assembly line and expect to get the data streams that you need. The more complex your product is, the more strategic you need to be with sensor placement. And to be strategic, you need to start thinking about sensor placement at the very beginning of the product-development process.
Designing for Connectivity
With advanced smart, connected capabilities, automotive manufacturers can use sensors in anti-lock braking systems to monitor across the fleet of a particular model to identify and fix any issues in the system before they become a public relations nightmare. They can collect fuel-consumption data from the fleet to improve fuel efficiency. Even insurance companies can get in on the action by using the data to give drivers preferred insurance rates.
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