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How Digital Collaboration and IoT Go Hand in Hand

In 2021, IoT Is Going To The Next Level 

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IoT is fast taking the world by storm and is no longer the bright and shiny new toy on the shelf. Data is now the most valued asset by companies and with data comes great responsibility. IoT is providing organisations with insights they’ve never witnessed before, driving key decisions and also opening up new business and revenue models.

IoT structures enable insights and efficiency improvements on the most granular level due to the ability to track never-before-seen operations. Making predictions based on past operations of machinery to assess when it might break down, processing orders of equipment right before the tools are expected to fail and only calling on engineers and maintenance when they’re actually needed are all vast improvements we could only begin to imagine fifteen years ago. 

Remote Monitoring

IoT has also opened up the doors to remote monitoring, and tracking assets that are far away from headquarters or the central control room. If a power outage occurs on a site, the team who may be miles away, or in another country even, will be swiftly notified of the disturbance. 

Remote monitoring has been taken to the next level with COVID-19 forcing workers to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. Companies must now not only track their assets and ensure everything is operating effectively, but they must also have the right manpower in the right place if a serious incident occurs. 

How Does Remote Monitoring Enable Digital Collaboration? 

Good question.

 To put these communications systems in place to allow people to better control and monitor pressing situations, team members need to communicate effectively with one another. IoT platforms bring siloed organisations together, but the platforms themselves also have to cooperate with other solutions to tie it all together. 

Thanks to APIs and integrations, it’s a lot easier to develop technologies that stack on top of one another to enable the end-user to effectively carry out their job safely. 

If there’s a gas leak in a mine but the control team are in a different country, they need to have the controls in place to alert all the right teams to control the leak before something dangerous happens in the mine. The solution is developed through consolidating data streams from different devices and connecting that combined stream with an existing unified communications environment. It’s now possible to combine alerts from IoT devices with automated recommendations that help employees to take instant actions, protecting workers and avoiding unnecessary downtime. 

Moving Towards The Internet of Everything

As “things” get more intelligent and connected, we’re developing even further to make the most of our data points and relationships in the organisation. We are exploring how much deeper this data is allowing us to make smarter decisions and understand the processes on a different level, unifying people, processes and our devices. 

Executive decision-making deeply depends on thoughts, advice, analyses and insights from groups of people, not just data. Therefore, it is now more pertinent than ever that we collaborate and take these insights not only to drive the original business decisions we need to make every day but to also open up new conversations and workflows to work efficiently. 

Using technologies such as presence features and status availability updates allows teammates to find the right person for the job at the right time, rather than calling the various agents who may possibly be busy. 

Laying the foundations for all of these processes allows companies to take a step back and analyse how they could operate better if they opened up the workflows for collaboration. Back to the predictive maintenance use case; although it’s incredibly useful to know when a piece of equipment is about to fail, it is just as important to have the right people on call when that machine goes down. 

Developing a workflow process to contact and connect with the right people at the right time, such as equipment failure, ensures situations are managed effectively and that stored data will allow companies to reflect on their faults.  

How Do You Layer Collaboration Tools? 

We’re always curious to hear about how organisations develop their own workflows to better manage decision-making from the bottom up. At Davra, our platform is multi-faceted, allowing our customers ease of use and integration into third-party apps. You’re not only protecting your company from future harm and downtime, but you’re opening up new communication methods to further hone those new developments. If you’d like to discuss how your company can benefit from digital collaboration along with an IoT technology stack, contact us today


Brian McGlynn, Davra, COO

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