Gartner currently lists IoT initiatives at the top of the “hype cycle”. There’s a huge amount of business buzz, and every event you go to has IoT on the topics list. However, when you really dig into it and talk to people about plans and initiatives already running and about results to date, you find that most companies haven’t gotten very far. The opportunity is there, but it’s not necessarily being seized by everyone it could.
The opportunity to leverage IoT as a competitive advantage is here now. There are opportunities across all industries, but it requires a new way of thinking- about how data is used, how much we can handle, how fast we can process and analyse it and ultimately where and how decisions are made. It’s a step change to tap untapped markets. As technology becomes less expensive, and more reliable, it’s expected that IoT will really take off.
Consumers are found to be most willing to engage brands with new technology that allows them to have more control of their shopping experience. Imagine a shopping list pulled together for you, based on your previous purchases, that you simple approve or deny. Or better, required no interaction at all but when you use your last drop of milk, a new one is already on order and soon due for delivery.
The main pull of IoT is convenience. Consumers are becoming comfortable with the digital shopping experience – they are prepared to input their password into amazon and make a purchase 3 clicks later. They are comfortable ordering Ubers via Alexa.
IoT takes advantage of advanced technologies from machine learning, AI, drones and blockchain, to name a few. Therefore, IoT cannot be fully realised without a modern payments infrastructure. Payment companies like Stripe, Braintree, Judopay and Adyen are already working on offering more opportunities for embedded payments that do not sacrifice security standards.
Mobile commerce has long been at the forefront of merchant success and consumer experience. It’s no secret that streamlined mobile payments experiences are the foundation for increased merchant revenues. IoT takes this to the next level. Rather than navigating to a retailer’s mobile site, users can simply interact with brands of their favourite messaging apps (think: Whatsapp) and even make purchases.