An article published recently in the IoT News highlighted the main advantages for small and medium businesses with the use of connected devices and they are not few. For example, the massification of smartphones and smartwatches. These devices generate and store data of multiple specialties and can influence even business operations.

The cloud-based software solutions can be a great fit for small business owners, such as cut infrastructure costs significantly, improve workflow and provide a more secure method for managing data on through mobile devices. Another suggestion is not afraid to use automation and artificial intelligence, a tool that can save valuable time before utilized on small tasks. The customer service, for example, is an area that can be highly improved, using chatbots. In this scenario, the customer can be answered more quickly and the conversation logs remain and can be used as a reference for the business in the future.

However, it’s important that the IoT solution works integrated with the technologies already used in your daily. An integrated software gives small and medium-sized business owners a much more comprehensive and intelligent view of the business, also improving communication with employees, customers, and suppliers.

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Defined as a pioneer of a brand new technological world, now leaded by the IoT, the smart tags already have changed the meaning of the word “efficiency” in business. Even if at first sight this technology has similar functions to the bar code, in fact it has represented a bolder step in improving the corporative efficiency and the time to market for solutions in the logistic, retail and industrial segments.

Developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers, the smart tags have emerged to facilitate the management and handling of goods in deposits and supermarkets, and to reduce obstacles in the tracking process. However, that was just the first of the benefits obtained with the investment in that technology.

The industry then also saw the advantages of the smart tags and the Radio Frequency Identification (RFId) technology. Some of the results using these tools were an increased quality in the generated data, from the first steps in manufacturing to distribution to the final customer, and the time saving with automated processes.

There are many reasons to deploy these smart tags in a business: a faster management of goods and supplies, a higher degree of precision on data gathering and the prevention of losses, frauds and thefts during transport processes. These are essential factors for the increase in production and competitiveness, providing this way a much more reduced time to the market.

How does a smart tag works?
The core structure of a smart tag is composed of three components: antenna, transceiver, and transponder. The antenna is responsible for the communication between the smart tag and the operational system, through the RFId. They are produced in multiple formats and provide different frequencies, which varies according to the demand and to the costs of each solution. The transceiver performs the data decryption; the transponder is the component dedicated to data storage.

Today, the Internet of Things has a key role in the evolution of that technology. Chips, sensors, and software development kits (SDKs) of the IoT incorporated devices have been well succeeded in creating connected solutions – which provide real-time connectivity. Near Field Communication (NFC), Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and the QR Code are good examples of the rapid progress of that technology, transforming the concept and the structure of a smart tag.

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Smart cities are becoming a reality nowadays, and the Internet of Things represents a huge part of that evolution. Today we will talk more about some of the best connected solutions that are already changing our lives. If you have not read the first part, check it out here!

Smart lighting
Due to a growing demand, the electricity is becoming a very expensive resource. All kinds of waste, especially in the context of big cities, generate huge expenses. Because the weather is dynamic, especially in cities with large temperature range, artificial lighting may be required sooner or later.

Through light sensors, today the technology is capable of adapting the lighting in a city by its degree of luminosity, but also to predict more specific demands, accordingly to the weather forecasting. This is already a present reality not only in cities, but also in companies and residences.

Air pollution
CO2 emissions are recurrent topics in any political agenda. The Internet of Things, as an efficiency and cost saving tool, can help not only to identify, but also to reduce these indexes.

Tools and devices linked to the IoT can promote the reduction of fuel combustion and a better use of energy resources. Actually, all the consumption chain can be optimized. With more efficiency obtained, for example, in the transportation of goods and precision farming, is not just the decrease in CO2 that is at stake, but also the increase in profit of companies.

Water Leakages
Electricity is essential to any society. However, drinking water is even more essential in big urban centers. This natural resource is becoming increasingly scarce, and politicians and public managers know how much it costs to collect or produce that good. It turns out that the water fit for use is often wasted even before reaching its final destination.

Poor infrastructure gives rise to water leakages. However, the IoT technology is capable of alerting potential problems and defects before they happen, also showing where repairs are necessary. Data-gathering devices, such as sensors, for instance, can detect an abnormal presence of liquids outside tanks or water pressure variations along water pipes.

This is just the beginning of a smart revolution. With connected solutions, the IoT will help cities and companies to become ready for that new world.

After the first wave of innovation, the Internet of Things is today a more “mature” technology. And the good news about the current stage of the development of connected solutions is how real and viable are now becoming the execution of all these ideas.

Never before the world of the future has been so close to become a reality. Proof of this is everywhere nowadays, with the rise of Smart Cities. In the first part of this article, we are going to discuss some of the best solutions in the IoT that are already on the streets.

Smart parking
Besides the presence detection sensors, which are capable of showing drivers vacant parking spots through light signals, today the IoT technology provides precise information about the space usage, showing the busy and the idle areas in the parking lots.

Based on this scenario, it is possible to produce solutions and generate more efficiency with the usage of certain areas dedicated to vehicles, reducing the idleness of these spots regularly empties, reclaiming it to other applications.

Urban mobility
When we talk about infrastructure planning, one of the biggest challenges of developing cities is the transformation of the urban flows. The top down model of public policy development has divided the structure of cities into residential, industrial and commercial areas. Those divisions ended up suffocating certain districts, affecting the urban mobility in large cities.

Modern concepts lead to another way of thinking – such as the bottom up. It is essential to have as many information of quality as possible before starting to invest in public policies. In this regard, the IoT offers connected solutions for dynamic environments, providing more accurate analysis for policy making.

Smart Roads
Today some GPS applications are capable to provide information to drivers almost in real time. The same is being made with some roads and highways. When using devices related to the IoT solutions, these roads are able to alert drivers about weather changes, traffic jams and dangerous conditions, in a simple and fast way. This can prevent crashes and save lives.

Found it interesting? It’s not over yet. Read more about the best Smart Cities solutions here. Konker produces connected solutions in the IoT for the Industry, Retail, Agriculture and Logistics segments.

Companies with better internet security indexes tend to be better seen by customers. Despite the obviousness of that statement, not every company is aware of that matter before growing its own investments in the technology area. And the financial factor not only weights in that balance, but also the privacy of the users.

However, due to the growing demand for the internet and computing networks, ensuring the protection of data and personal information it is still a big challenge, even for the more advanced and solid systems – with the IoT this is not any different.

The fast and accurate maturation of the solutions produced by the IoT developers has already made viable the creation of platforms that allow the direct connection between devices in a secure way.

Proof of this is the statement of Oh-Hyun Kwon, Vice Chairman and global CEO of Samsung Electronics, who already trusts in the IoT not only as a business efficiency revolution, but also in its potential of life changing to the society. This is excellent news, because now developers also have at their side the big manufacturers, certainly leading the IoT security to a higher level of trust.

Another major issue to achieve a desirable level of security on the IoT is directly related to a good comprehension of these platforms’ functionalities by the users – whether it is an employee inside a company or the final consumer. it is important to bear in mind that no platform is completely safe if it does not count with the attention and care of its user.

Inside companies, to count on a good IT department is another essential point for having success in the real IoT experience. Well prepared institutions to deal with this new technology tend, in the future, to become the main reference in the market to the general public, leading them to the much-desired customer engagement to brands and products.

A further important point to have in mind is that the internet security is a constant concern and even though every technology faces its own limits, the IoT is already established as a flagship of a new era to the virtual universe.

The emergence of new platforms, such as those developed by Konker, makes possible a scenario that allows a more strict, automated and, consequently, flawless control during its process.

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The benefits that the IoT brings to our lives are becoming common stories in the news. However, what few people imagine is that behind what is seen as a final product by the general public, there is a lot of cutting-edge technology being developed. One of the most important platforms related to controlling the process of that technology is the dashboard, the tool of which we’ll speak today.

Basically, the dashboard is a user-friendly interface, which works as a control panel, whereby is possible to configure changes and to have a global view of the behavior and performance of a software and its data in real time.

In more specific cases, this platform is capable of project conducts and reactions of its operational infrastructure, having as main features the support to business demands and the benefit of providing information for its user.

Most precisely when connected to the IoT solutions, it is vital that the dashboard gathers in the same package, besides an attractive design and an architecture of easy and accessible comprehension, an intuitive connection between devices. This is why is not recommended to trust in a fixed pattern that fits in every case.

For example, each dashboard designed by Konker is aimed to cover with success every need and preference of each client.

The dashboard’s backbone
It is important to understand that a dashboard is a durable good, which can remain functional and modern for a long time. This creates the need for a friendly platform to its user, so that they are always pleased with it. However, it is highly recommended to have an extreme care: the work done in the design of a dashboard cannot impact its feedback power.

In this context, the technological challenge with the IoT is the development of diagrams, charts, graphs, maps and data which provides real-time results for a precise analysis of the status of services and process, since that continuous monitoring can involve several apps and softwares simultaneously.

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We are daily following in magazines, newspapers, and on the internet the fast evolution of the IoT (Internet of Things). However, even with the velocity of technological innovation, we cannot leave aside the care for the environment. Thinking about it, several companies have started to create and invest in connected solutions that contribute with environmental preservation. In this text, you will get to know some of these devices, which are being developed in several countries in order to prevent and generate less impact on the environment, check out:

  1. Floating Sensor Network (University of Berkeley – California) – a system that can be implemented and integrated into rivers and water monitoring infrastructure, via cell phones, GPS, temperature, and salinity sensors. It can also be quickly activated in case of unforeseen events, such as floods, contamination, and other conditions in the watercourses.
  1. Invisible Tracck – is a wireless device that is being used in pilot programs to help to combat illegal deforestation at Amazon (Brazil). The devices operate with battery and stay in certain trees. By the time they are cut down and are in movement, the sensors send alerts with location coordinates to the Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente (Brazilian Institute of Environment) so that they can take the necessary measures.
  1. Assessment of Landslides using Acoustic Real-time Monitoring Systems (ALARMS) – micro acoustic and integrated sensors with wireless network capacity to provide warnings of instability on ground. The sensors are permanently installed and send a text message in real time when the acoustic activity of the soil reaches a predefined limit. The alarms use a steel pipe leading the signals out of the ground. This tube is placed in a hole in the ground, which is filled with sand or gravel. Sand and gravel produce more energy when the soil changes its surroundings and this facilitates signal detection. Therefore, as soon as a movement of land that can be incriminating is perceived, an alert is sent to the communities so that they can prevent themselves, and leave their houses before a worse event to occur.
  1. Sintelur – is a small sensor that can determine the amount of trash in a container. The captured data is sent to a monitoring center that, based on the amount of garbage and the location by GPS, maps strategies to collect trash around the city. The system also determinates optimal routes for garbage collection, reducing fuel costs and general expenses, in addition to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from the garbage trucks.

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As you have read in previous posts, the Internet of Things (IoT) allows everything to be connected. Truly everything! Objects or even your business — wether in the area of ​​industry, retail, agriculture, logistics, security, and many other trades — can be 100% connected to the Internet, monitored and controlled remotely, 24 hours a day.

In this post, you will get to know a bit more about some of those industries where IoT can be a strategic tool and generate new opportunities.

Industry – it is already possible to use tracking systems in real time, security sensors, bar codes, and GPS inside the factories. In this context, the Internet of Things can be applied in several ways, such as by creating an operating system specially designed to meet the demands of a production line, or the entire plant. Another form of application is the integration of production results with feeds, or reports in real time through an app or a website.

Logistics – With the IoT in the logistic sector, it is possible to monitor in real-time the load and the vehicle that carries it. With the Internet of Things, you can do this and more, such as monitoring the current position of the vehicle with the help of a computer or a smartphone. Besides that, it is possible to ensure a safe transportation during all stages of the process, from its origin to the final destination. Also, you are able to know the current status and control the storage conditions (humidity, temperature etc).

Intelligent Environments – a intelligent house or company. This is already possible out of movies! The monitoring system of the house works in conjunction with a GPS and understands when people are nearby or distant, and instantly prepares to receive them by connecting the lights, readying food, among other things. Let’s go beyond! With the Internet of Things, you can enable a whole  intelligent city, where streetlights turn off or turn on according to the activity of the population at the place.

Agriculture – with the IoT, it is possible to reduce waste in the agriculture sector, to manage and monitor equipment, making the production processes easier. Sensors can be used to monitor air temperature, soil, speed of the wind, humidity, rain probability, leaf wetness, among others. Farmers can improve yields using this data to adjust schedules, quantities of irrigation, and harvest periods.

Security – to have a safe and monitored environment without  having to invest a lot of money is a reality that many companies are learning. Through the IoT, you can remotely control the cameras in real time, have the record of check in, check out, and permanence in the local, be notified in case of invasions, etc.

Do you see? The possibilities in the IoT universe are numerous. Want to learn more about our solutions and the diverse application that Konker offers click here for a demonstration or contact us.

To create new products and services in an increasingly connected world is a constant challenge for companies. Thinking about it, Konker, a Brazilian company, has developed an Internet of Things platform focused on the corporate market, which allows clients to create their own connected solutions in a fast, simple, and secure way.

Konker serves clients from several areas, such as insurance, agriculture, logistics, manufacturing and retail. “We help our customers to break down technological barrier and to reduce the time to market in IoT solutions,” said Rafael Ferraz, Konker’s product marketing manager.

Konker’s platform is offered in two formats. In the first one, the client builds its own IoT solution using the platform, and the laboratory, and still can count on the experience of Konker’s team to execute the project. In the second one, Konker’s specialists and a network of partners deliver a turn-key solution to the clients. Konker has developed a business model that allows our clients to prototype, build, launch, and manage their connected innovative solutions and with high impact in the shortest time possible.

Among the resources available, Konker platform gives the possibility of managing millions of devices, ensuring real-time connectivity, data analysis and automated and intelligent decision-making.

Connected products must have a comprehensive view of security to protect services, data, and users. Based on this, Konker platform also helps to control the way in which users, applications, and devices are authenticated and authorized, and how the data is protected during a transaction or storage process.

“Our development team has extensive knowledge of complex enterprise environments. We create a solution that fits easily in companies technological chess”,  concludes Wellington Mariusso, Konker product manager.

Konker platform supports the main connectivity technology standards, communication protocols, microcontrollers, sensors and intelligent market labels. To learn more, visit www.konkerlabs.com.

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Information Management: http://docmanagement.com.br/07/05/2016/konker-tornar-o-mundo-mais-eficiente-levando-inteligencia-as-coisas/