3 Misconceptions about IoT

Feb 21, 2023

What do a planter vase, a fridge, and a warehouse all have in common? In 2023, all these items can be connected, tracked, and updated via the internet. As users become more comfortable with digital solutions, Internet of Things (IoT) has become increasingly popular in both the enterprise and consumer space. Studies estimate a total of 26 billion IoT will be connected to the internet by 2026. In other words, to stay in step with the competition, solution providers must address the misconceptions and challenges surrounding IoT. Below are three common misunderstandings about IoT devices.


  1. It’s not safe.

Multiple devices connected to one system mean threat actors have multiple access points to your data. While this can be true for unsecured devices, enterprise technologies are normally enhanced with a preliminary layer of data protection, whether it be through encryption or multi-factor authentication. Nevertheless, similar to traditional data capture and computing systems, IoT systems should also be a part of your overall cybersecurity policy. That means users should be aware of best practices and follow your established expectations concerning device usage. For a comprehensive list of best practices, check out our brochure with everything you need to know.


  1. It’s too expensive

While connected devices would have been extremely costly a few years back, most top tech players now develop devices with connectivity in mind, offering multiple price points and connectivity options. Moreover, to drive down ongoing costs, new rugged devices such as handheld computers and enterprise tablets now streamline tasks by consolidating multiple functions in one device. Instead of purchasing and maintaining multiple disparate devices, businesses can manage fewer IoT devices that accomplish more.


  1. It’s limited in terms of connectivity

Admittedly, this misconception can probably be traced to IoT’s name. While most devices can be connected through the internet for remote monitoring, other connectivity options are also available. Alternative options include cloud connectivity, gateways, APIs, and even cellular. Meeting with a networking team can help identify which kind of network best suits your facility and workflows.


A deeper understanding of IoT’s limitations and capabilities has allowed many businesses to optimize workflows and adapt to persistent supply chain challenges.


4 Common Ways Businesses are Leveraging IoT in Everyday Operations

  1. Real-Time Asset Tracking – Devices connected to a centralized database can give you insight into battery health, device location, and even proper storage at the end of a shift. Real-time asset tracking can minimize replacement and repair costs while ensuring resources are always available to your teams.
  2. Temperature SensingCold chain management teams leverage temperature sensors to verify refrigerated items stay within stipulated ranges, in and out of the distribution center. Sensors can also help digitize traceability, giving teams a clear view of faulty storage units to issue smaller recalls when needed.
  3. In-Motion Inventory Tracking – Once again, RFID raises the bar for inventory tracking with sensors paired with intelligent software for in-motion tracking. Precise visibility of stock location and quantities enables accurate forecasting and replenishment. To capitalize on trackable visibility, many big box retailers now leverage RFID to ensure products are assembled and shipped properly, securing customer satisfaction.
  4. Task Management – Lastly, cellular, 5G, and LTE connectivity are common network options used to open communication channels between team members and diffuse tasks. From voice headsets to push-to-talk, devices connected through these channels can relay updates in real-time for quicker responses.


Getting started with IoT

While different businesses may encounter different kinds of obstacles, IoT specialists recommend securing the following services before deploying IoT devices.  

  • Assess your legacy devices to ensure OS and software compatibility.
  • Pinpoint connectivity challenges within your space.
  • Evaluate your employee skillset to forecast adoption rates and user comfort.


This list is by no means exhaustive; however, getting a more robust step-by-step process may require an in-depth analysis of your current systems. After evaluating current technologies, resolving dead zones, and proactively training teams, IoT systems empower decisions with dependable visibility and accurate data sharing.