Internet of Things examples, applications and use cases in real life

The best way for organizations to look at the potential of IoT deployments to succeed in their digital transformation efforts, optimize their efficiency and better serve their customers is by understanding the business rationale behind Internet of Things examples and real cases in practice.

Add to that the several IoT use cases (areas where IoT is and can be deployed such as manufacturing operations, precision farming, smart lighting, smart buildings and so forth, not real deployments), an understanding of the essence of the Internet of Things and its applications, a good mix of common business sense, sound advice, and lessons from success stories, and the Internet of Things becomes tangible instead of just a term and set of technologies.

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Internet of Things benefits and business drivers across industries: look at the business drivers in IoT examples

Good and effective Internet of Things examples start with challenges and/or end goals in mind. While looking at the ways to achieve these end goals, new opportunities often arise. In most cases these revolve around tapping into new revenues, mainly customer-facing and often collaborative, in an ‘as a service economy’.

There are ample of IoT examples across various industries. Some are pilot projects, others are fully operational, scalable and driving business and customer value. From manufacturing IoT cases in Industry 4.0 and examples in transportation and logistics (Logistics 4.0) and utilities to consumer IoT, healthcare IoT, retail, smart city applications and cross-industry IoT use cases: there are always practical real-life Internet of Things examples out there, although they aren’t always that easy to find.

As the Internet of Things, from an actual usage perspective, is part of a bigger picture and derives its value from the challenges and end goals it’s clear that not all industries are moving at the same speed. This means that in some industries you’ll find more examples.

However, the essence of scalable IoT deployments, from the business and outcome perspective, knows no industry borders. The challenges and chances are often pretty universal. In the end, we talk about offering better customer service, tapping into new sources of data, insights and actionable intelligence, innovation, productivity enhancement and myriad other goals that are common across sectors.

In other words: when you look for examples of Internet of Things deployments that work or are in a pilot stage, certainly don’t limit your quest to examples from your industry. The customer is one and has similar expectations, regardless of industry. Business challenges and opportunities are more diverse but still: there is always something to be learned.

Finding Internet of Things examples and business applications in action

So, where do you find good Internet of Things examples (we mean real applications of IoT, not the numerous IoT use cases)?

  • There are some firms that have made lists, based upon publicly available customer success stories and other sources, and sell these lists so you can explore the cases such as IoT Analytics (enterprise IoT projects). Note: we have no link with them or any firm or site mentioned.
  • Analyst firms and research companies also often mention examples of real Internet of Things applications.
  • There are a few sites that enable you to browse and download cases upon registration such as this one we found (it’s not IoT across industries though, it is only about the Industrial Internet with M2M and several other technologies).
  • There are your peers, events (check out our IoT event calendar 2017) and numerous other ways to drop the search engine, get out and discover what’s out there.
IoT Analytics sells an Excel with of over 640 Enterprise IoT projects in the IoT segments in this illustration- source
IoT Analytics sells an Excel with of over 640 Enterprise IoT projects in the IoT segments in this illustration- source

List of IoT examples and Internet of Things case studies

As the focus of this website is to inform and educate on marketing, transformation, customer experience, information management, technology and IT in a context of business and people, we now and then cover some Internet of Things examples and case studies as well.

You can check some out on our Internet of Things guide page. They are mainly based on publicly available cases with the necessary additional information and analysis. Do bear in mind that case studies are made by companies so we try to focus on the essence, based upon various mentioned sources.

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