Real-Time Location Systems: A Moving Target for IoT
The Next Skill Set
Efforts to collect and process real-time location data and correlate it to weather, traffic, engine sensing and other data create large pools of information and set the stage for the next leap in IoT development.
What’s next is complex event processing that automates decision making and actions very quickly, perhaps with a touch of AI, according to Carrier Logistics’ Wiesen.
“The next skill set is knowing what to do with the data,” he said. As an example, he cited simple acts such as parking a truck at a loading dock, which now needs to kick off complex sequences of automated activity.
For businesses moving beyond basic reporting on fleet activity, small steps will include big leaps. But pragmatism is required.
“Deciding on your technology roadmap means balancing the next best thing with what you can afford today, and what will be will be there tomorrow,” cautioned Wiesen, who sees a future narrowing of the IoT and big data standards as some IoT technologies become more mainstream.