Using smart logic on not-so-smart inventory

How enterprises are cutting costs by embracing smart technology that controls and monitors traditional devices

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IQPC Editorial Team

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An age-old question on the minds of almost every IT specialist, project manager or team coordinator is how a team or business unit can manage multiple responsibilities via just one device. In a world where smart devices are becoming more readily accessible, however, a solution may be at hand for enterprises looking to streamline processes and cut operating costs on even the most basic of electrical amenities.

With their ability to control many of the features in the world around us, smart devices are changing the landscape, both in the way offices operate and in how we run our personal lives. Whether you are buying groceries, making a hotel reservation, locking up a retail outlet after a long day of trading or switching off the printers as the office closes for the weekend, smart devices are making all of these mundane and repetitive tasks a lot easier to perform.

Bringing the traditional into the modern era

Traditionally, device management has been seen as the type using developer-friendly operating systems such as Windows or iOS to manage endpoints such as smartphones and PCs. But managing more rudimental devices such as cash registers, smart batteries, label printers and smart lightbulbs is becoming an ever more an important task across enterprises because of what is widely becoming known as “things management”.

By utilizing innovative things management technology in the management of hundreds, often thousands of smaller devices, enterprises are able to make significant cost-savings, while ensuring smaller tasks are not left incomplete. Thanks to this changing approach to device management, many useful but rudimentary everyday tools within enterprise facilities are coming under the remit of the IT team, where full control over previously unconnected devices can be exercised from anywhere in the world. Via things management, IT admins can now identify real problems quickly, rather than finding themselves searching through the IT equipment equivalent of a needle in a hay stack.

Avoiding time consuming setups

Settings on smaller, everyday machinery or amenities can be adjusted via a connection with a smart device over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. It may, however, present a daunting and time-consuming operation to change the settings for each individual item so that they behave in a certain way, causing such tasks to fall down the list of priorities.

By developing a framework that enables the operator to manage devices that perform very specific functions, 42Gears has found a solution that makes “not so smart” endpoints “smart”. The host machine level performs the role of a proxy for these endpoints, meaning that while they can be controlled remotely by anyone accessing the system on an individual basis, data can also be acquired that will help in managing the usage of these endpoints in a manner previously impossible due to the rudimental nature of their operation.

One such example is that of a printer connected to a network, which can be enumerated and enrolled into the 42Gears UEM Web Console, where it appears as if any other smart device. The administrator can then remotely monitor and manage the printer from a single console.

The ability to control and monitor not-so-smart inventory via a solution such as 42Gears’ Things Management Technology (TMT) presents great opportunities to save time, improve operations and save on overhead costs. All of this is achievable via a technology that allows devices to be onboarded and deployed in bulk, organized into groups for ease of management, monitored and updated remotely.