NTT: “Our IoT solutions are building blocks for the corporate sustainability process”

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important for companies. IoT solutions and applications can help a lot with this. “NTT helps companies with specific IoT solutions and analyzes, in fact building blocks, to shape the sustainability strategy and take direct action for this,” said SVP for Group Enterprise IoT Products and Services Devin Yaung, in conversation with the Dutch IT channel.

Companies, especially in the manufacturing industry, are currently digitizing their manufacturing and / or manufacturing environments. Where in the past the various employees or operators had to monitor and adjust these environments manually, today this happens much more often digitally. This improves the efficiency of the control of all these machines and ensures that the administration and maintenance costs are reduced.

IoT as a three-step strategy
Digitization of production environments often takes place with the implementation of solutions and applications within the Internet of Things (IoT). This enables companies to fully digitize their factory and / or production environments with some sort of three-step strategy and reap the benefits. “The use of IoT provides factory workers with information about this equipment anywhere, anytime,” said Devin Yaung, SVP for Group Enterprise IoT Products and Services at IT giant NTT in an interview with the Dutch IT channel.

IoT digitizes the physical environments, but also creates connections with all the raw data that the various data points, such as sensors, the devices and machines connected to the company’s network, create. In short, all this information is collected with the IoT. This is the first step. “

The second step is to ‘translate the raw data into information that provides clear context. “The raw data is analyzed, and we look at what all this data ultimately means. For example, whether a pump or a filter needs to be replaced, but also whether incidents can occur. Information in advance is crucial for companies, as (unexpected) downtime can cost millions of euros. Not to mention the inefficiency if other systems or production lines can not work. “

The third step where IoT is useful for business environments is that technology helps to actually act on this information. “The technology makes it possible to integrate all information with the backend systems. This makes it possible to convert all this information into actions to be performed immediately and the correct workflows. This also results in greater efficiency and ultimately cost savings. ”

Responds to sustainability
Another area where IoT in manufacturing and production environments is becoming increasingly important today is sustainability. Companies are increasingly being forced, for example by governments or regulators, but also their own shareholders, to account for their sustainable policies with so-called Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals and actions. “The IoT is very helpful in achieving these ESG sustainability goals,” Yaung said. “By using IoT solutions and applications, companies can produce much more sustainably and prevent (material) waste. Or to optimize the logistics processes. Research shows that approximately 84 percent of all IoT implementations are currently being used for one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Four specific sustainable IoT solutions
NTT offers various solutions to achieve greater sustainability and achieve ESG goals for companies. Think, for example, of smart solutions that make offices and other commercial buildings as climate-neutral as possible.

Recently, the IT giant launched a portfolio of four IoT solutions and solutions specifically aimed at achieving more sustainability in companies and their processes. “Initially, we released four because we do not want to offer customers a large-scale offer that means they can not see the forest for the trees,” continues David Yaung. “The four solutions are the simplest that can implement sustainability actions. These include solutions for reading all types of meters for gas, water and electricity, detecting water leaks, predicting maintenance and when problems may occur, monitoring the environment for the presence of pollutants in air and water and measuring temperature and humidity . ”

Part of a broader portfolio
These solutions come on top of the platform and sensors that NTT already offers for connection and collection and analysis of (raw) data for better operation and better business processes. The basis is formed by a 1000+ number of sensors. In addition, the necessary connection, such as specific SIM card eSIMs, but also private 4G and 5G connections.

The raw data that the sensors produce is transmitted via the connection to the data lake or the so-called NTT iNTTerconected Intelligence Platform, where this data is analyzed and processed. This platform is available anywhere and anytime, from ede environments to on-premises customer data centers and in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. For the latter, the IT giant has deals with all major hyperscales like AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

The analyzed and processed data are then combined in various so-called ‘human-centric’ solutions and applications and / or in third-party business applications, such as SAP or ServiceNow. Ultimately, this fully analyzed data flows back to the four IoT solutions that end users can use right away. All this is of course managed by NTT and delivered as a service solution from the cloud. According to Yaung, this complete combined portfolio encompasses the entire process of digitizing, analyzing and delivering actions that NTT is proud of.

Collaboration with partners
NTT offers this solution in collaboration with many partners. Mainly technology partners, but also partners serving a particular business sector. The solutions are also offered through integrators or consulting companies such as Deloitte, KPMG, EY and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

“In fact, our sustainable IoT solutions are a kind of building block that we offer customers in collaboration with our partners. Our partners take care of the advice regarding the ESG goals, and we deliver the technological solutions and applications ”.

Smaller businesses
NTT’s solutions and applications are now primarily aimed at larger companies, which means that the partners are still in the higher segment. “We are now working with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to make these solutions and applications suitable for the SME sector. Primarily the larger SMEs, but we may also be able to offer this to smaller SMEs in the future. Dealers other than our existing technology and consulting partners are therefore very important. ”

“We have sufficient knowledge and sales force so that we can actually serve all types of customers. That our sustainable IoT solutions are the building blocks for more sustainability is only an advantage here. In this way, we can answer all the questions that customers have in the field of sustainability, “concludes Devin Yaung from NTT.

Author: Floris Hulshoff Pol

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