IoT: Opening doors to a more connected world

July 10, 2020

The Internet of Things is the future of technology. But what is it?

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You’ve probably come across the term ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), but what does it actually mean? Essentially, IoT encompasses complex and connected ideas that connect the physical world with the digital. In simpler terms, IoT refers to certain everyday ‘smart’ devices - phones, TVs, speakers and thermostats - developed with built-in internet connectivity and powerful data analytic capabilities.

These smart devices capture, store, share and interpret data to adapt, change behavior and tune their responses based on what they learn. It’s this connectivity that holds the key and can open doors to seemingly endless possibilities for the future.

Why IoT matters

Connected machines and objects offer the potential for what many are calling a 'fourth industrial revolution'. There are already more connected things than people in the world. It is predicted that by 2025, 75 billion IoT devices or ‘things’ will be connected. The ability to gather information, analyze it and create an action has massive implications for every part of our lives, not least the business world.

Many agree that IoT ultimately allows us to be more efficient in how we do things. It can save us time and money, while also allowing companies, governments and public authorities to re-think how they deliver services and produce goods. Within industrial applications, for instance, sensors on product lines can increase efficiency and reduce waste and emissions.

Connected entrance solutions

For ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems, IoT means a network of connected doors to collect and exchange data between our company, our customers and also our service technicians. For our customers, this means using data insights gathered from our connected products to help them make informed business decision, such as using existing traffic patterns to facilitate a better flow of people and goods throughout a site; or using real-time data to monitor and optimize energy usage.

ASSA ABLOY’s connected doors and entrance solutions will also greatly enhance many aspects of the services we offer. These include higher service efficiency with predictive maintenance, easier TCO management and reduced downtime, as well as predictive maintenance and more detailed business insights that we can use to help customers take their business further.

Our mission is to make our connected products an essential component of any building, and to provide real-time insights for a world-class service experience.

Find out more about ASSA ABLOY’s plans for connected door solutions here: