Each technology has its own life cycle. Most often, the masses discuss technologies that are in the early stages of development. They are surrounded by an aura of fantastic performances from the results of their application, and the first early failed attempts at implementation are few enough to destroy the seductive futuristic picture.
The development of some technologies often becomes a catalyst for the development of others. It becomes possible to create complex systems, the synergistic effect of which is many times greater than the value of one specific technology. This process is part of another process called innovation diffusion.
Diffusion of innovation process
Recently, an explosive interest in the topic of mobile solutions has been demonstrated by an industry that, despite its conservatism, seeks to use new technological tools to improve processes no less actively than banks and telecoms. And this is not a coincidence. At the moment, many technologies that were previously considered experimental have evolved into ready-to-use products. For us, a company that has dedicated itself to solving business problems through the development and implementation of mobile solutions, this stage is especially interesting. I will give a few examples of the synergistic effect of mobile application adoption in conjunction with other technologies.
1.IoT environment driven by a mobile application
Machine tools with embedded analytics sensors that are able to communicate with external devices via Bluetooth, Lora WAN, NFC are becoming the de facto standard in production equipment. If there are none, then there is a huge market for sensors that can be used to customize current equipment. All this opens up huge opportunities for the formation of Data Lake and subsequent analytics. It is possible to determine with high accuracy the likelihood of failure of machines, optimize their utilization, and the most interesting thing is to create autonomous production chains of several machines, which, exchanging information with each other, work without human intervention.
2. VR projects that shorten the learning cycle
One of the main problems of modern business is the problem of personnel. Companies are forced to recruit low-quality workforce and train them to work with equipment and processes right in production. This is a huge investment of time (long work unit learning cycle) and resources (someone has to train the interns). In addition, there are high risks of critical errors that unskilled employees can make when working with modern equipment. An interesting solution is mobile applications with the possibility of training in virtual reality, in which real work situations are recreated. For example, virtual reality glasses made of cardboard and a pair of lenses for 300 rubles can turn a smartphone into a virtual testing ground, where everyone must pass a series of tests in a game format before being allowed to work with an expensive machine. This is much more visual than manuals and textbooks, and can also significantly reduce the time it takes to turn yesterday’s intern into a work unit.
3. Assistant apps with AI elements
Remember Jarvis, Tony Stark’s virtual assistant? A mobile application in which each employee can ask a question and receive relevant information. What? How? To whom and when? It is a revitalized knowledge base of your company that knows perfectly well what needs to be said and what can be said. If the system does not cope on its own, then at least it will accurately determine from which industry the issue is and to whom it is better to address it in the company in order to resolve it faster. Reducing communication costs is obvious. Senior employees will be distracted only by the really important issues and will be able to devote more time to the strategic objectives of the company. Google and Amazon already allow third-party developers to use their algorithms to solve various problems. Perhaps soon personal corporate artificial intelligence will become as necessary as it once happened with websites.
4. Augmented reality applications for solving production problems
Two factors that will make augmented reality technology not only fun at exhibitions are the growth in smartphone performance and the accompanying development of machine vision algorithms. One of the most natural examples of a product that can be useful on a production site is a mobile application that allows you to see a map of technological levels, get information in the form of animated 3D about the rules for repairing in case of a breakdown. Moreover, a Data Lake-related application can immediately highlight an area that is out of order and immediately offer to place an order at the factory. With the advent of such an application, the manufacturer can say goodbye to a ton of waste paper (perhaps this will pay off the development costs) in German and English, which ordinary locksmiths still do not understand.
5. Global production chains based on smart contracts
The blockchain industry is also starting to cleanse itself of futuristic projects that distort reality and find areas of practical application. One of the likely concepts in the industrial industry is the ability to create an ecosystem of smart contracts that will allow several production sites around the world to operate autonomously without human intervention. Moreover, there can be many different companies in the chain. Security, openness and accuracy of work is guaranteed by the theology of the distributed ledger itself, and you can control this global process simply by opening a mobile application.
Every year, we, the Technocracy, are making deeper understanding of the term mobility. And if earlier these were simple user scenarios, now, within the framework of the concept of a smartphone (hub) + smart environment, you can create incredible business processes. The present requires from us a clear view of the future. The main thing is to overcome fear and decide to embark on technological experiments in search of the best solution to business problems.