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Making a “Smarter” Organization: Combining UC with IoT

The prevalence of the Internet of Things (IoT) in every aspect of day-to-day life has increased significantly over recent years. In this article, we look at the role that IoT can play in an organizational context and how this marries your unified communications (UC).

What is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the interconnection of computer devices embedded in everyday objects via the Internet. Put simply, everyday consumer and industrial objects are being built with computer chips embedded into them. The chips collect and communicate data to one another when permissible. It is almost as if these objects are “talking” to each other via a closed Internet connection.

How Does This Tie in With Unified Communications?

Every IoT device is network-enabled, meaning that it can transmit information, either to other machines or to people. On a basic level, this could be as simple as a heart monitor in a hospital that can send information via SMS, or any other messaging application, to the nurses to alert them of a critical issue with a patient. On a more advanced level, the monitor could take the patient’s heart rate, combine that data with other measurable and relevant data, run the necessary analytics, then this data to the relevant staff members depending on the nature of the analysis and the action prompts.

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