On the third floor of the Computer Science building at Carnegie Mellon University, there is an infamous Coke machine. In 1982, programmers were fed up with walking to the machine to buy a cold soda, only to discover that the machine was empty or had recently been stocked with warm Coke. They decided to put their education to use and programmed the machine so they could check its status from any computer to ensure a cold soda would be there upon their arrival.
This is one of the first known examples of the Internet of Things (IoT): the idea that everything around us can be connected to the internet. IoT is a rapidly growing market. According to a 2016 Verizon report, the IoT market is expected to grow from $591.7 billion in 2014 to $1.3 trillion in 2019, and with 340 undecillion unique IP addresses, the possibilities are limitless!
Predictions for 2017 anticipate an increased number of industrial focused IoT devices, a departure from recent trends focused on individual IoT devices. Among the industrial focused IoT devices coming to market this year is the Modjoul SmartBelt. The Modjoul SmartBelt caters specifically to industrial workers by creating new data that employers can use to assess safety and productivity in the workplace.
For example, the sensors in the SmartBelt can detect where a factory worker is and buzz them if they wander into a dangerous or restricted zone. The SmartBelt can note the degree to which a package handler is bending, and if it's optimal for injury minimization. If someone falls off a ladder in the warehouse, the Modjoul SmartBelt can tell supervisors when and where it happened, so the situation can be assessed to minimize any future risks. Also, when an injury does occur, the Modjoul SmartBelt provides irrefutable data to assist in any workman’s compensation claims that may occur.
In addition to helping employees work smarter and safer, the Modjoul SmartBelt will make employees work harder. With this technology, a manager can see how each employee spends their day, minute by minute. Worried that your delivery driver is spending too much idle time in his car before returning for his next pick-up? With the Modjoul SmartBelt, you can see exactly how long the driver was idle in the car prior to returning. The Modjoul dashboard can also rank employees based on criteria you choose, so employees who are under-motivated have a reason to work harder and rise in the ranks.
IoT has come a long way since the connected Coke machine, and by all accounts, the internet of things will continue to play a monumental role in our personal and professional lives. No matter your industry, the Modjoul belt can help keep your employees safe, productive and happy - as happy as an overworked programmer with a cold Coke.
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