By Anuradha Shukla
Dec. 19, 2016
Zebra Technologies has announced that global leaders from healthcare, retail, transportation and logistics (T&L) and manufacturing have validated the "Intelligent Enterprise" as the defining trend of the decade for industries globally.
Executives from organisations such as Google, GE Healthcare and IBM have defined the "Intelligent Enterprise" and explored best practices and opportunities for organisations of varying sizes and industries related to the Internet of Things (IoT).
According to a whitepaper by the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH) organisations across industries are already making strides to make the "Intelligent Enterprise" a reality.
For instance, the MIT Senseable City Lab focuses on the creative applications of sensors in urban environments to generate new data streams, promoting resilient, efficient, and intelligent cities.
"Change is happening at a rapid pace. Today's hospitals are up against changes in regulation, cost pressures, competition and higher standards for patient safety," said Tim Kottak, CTO, GE Healthcare. "Because of this, GE has used data and machine learning to become a partner that provides not only medical equipment, but also solutions that improve outcomes. We believe IoT holds endless opportunities in healthcare, from predictive patient care to the way pharmaceuticals are made - and we've only just begun."
Creating efficient cities
The TECH whitepaper cites the case of Transit X, a solar-powered personal mass transit system that can replace buses, trains and cars. Ultra-light podcars quietly glide above traffic under a thin rail carrying an individual or up to a family of five.
Google is exploring cloud technology and machine learning, including making Google Apps like Gmail, Docs, and Hangouts more intelligent.
Dose Management solutions from GE Healthcare are designed to automatically collect and analyse patient radiation exposure across multi-facility, multi-modality and multi-vendor imaging environments.
"The concept of the 'Intelligent Enterprise' is about making businesses as smart and connected as the world that surrounds us. A sensor may seem like a small device, but when married with the troves of data and the ability to understand -- and act -- on it brings a big wave of technological innovation, creativity and new levels of intelligence to our world," said Anders Gustafsson, CEO, Zebra Technologies. "To make the Intelligent Enterprise a reality, companies from across industries must band together to come up with and agree upon standard practices and guidelines so all enterprises can connect and be more intelligent."