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Exploring the Difference Between M2M and IoT

Posted by Gordon Van Huizen on Jul 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Amid all the buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT), there can be a lot of confusion about how the vision of IoT relates to the more established and proven concept of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. Given that M2M is all about connecting devices, it’s easy to think the distinction is all hype—or, conversely, that the grand vision for IoT is simply too “blue sky.” Either way, those steeped in M2M implementation may conclude that IoT is the latest “emperor’s new clothes” of the technology world. The reality is that while the aspirations for IoT are indeed sweeping, there are identifiable advancements inherent in IoT that already provide tangible value. And, fortunately, businesses already leveraging M2M are well positioned to benefit from IoT’s additional capabilities.

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Topics: m2m

Maintaining Integrity Across the Life Sciences Supply Chain

Posted by Patrice Farrell on Jul 17, 2015 4:19:25 PM

According to a recent supplement of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, between 9 and 41 percent of medications in a sample of 16,800 drugs fell short of meeting quality standards. In an industry whose offerings include lifesaving drugs, substandard products put the public health at risk—and the stakes couldn’t be higher. In a foreword to the supplement, former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg writes, “Substandard and falsified medical products pose significant risks to global health with potentially devastating and far-reaching consequences.” The crux of the problem is a lack of visibility along the supply chain, which can lead to these vulnerabilities.

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Topics: counterfeits, dsi, life sciences, life sciences supply chain, pharmaceuticals, Solutions, supply chain, supply chain integrity

DSI Expanding Kansas City Headquarters as Growth Continues

Posted by Kevin Cobb on Jul 9, 2015 4:21:02 PM

DSI relocated to 1201 Walnut in downtown Kansas City a little over three years ago and we’ve already outgrown two floors of space. We’re now in the midst of renovating the building’s 10th floor to add 20,000 more square feet. When the renovation is complete, DSI will occupy a total of 60,000 square feet of space on three floors, making DSI the building’s second-largest tenant.

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Topics: Company, dsi, dsi downtown kansas city, dsi global headquarters, dsi growth, dsi kansas city, dsi news, dsi office expansion

IOT In CPG: Connection Customers and Business With Real-Time Information

Posted by Patrice Farrell on Jul 4, 2015 12:00:00 AM
For the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, the digital economy presents as many challenges as it does opportunities. The home of the future is at the center of the consumer narrative in the Internet of Things (IoT). Heralded as the smart home, the sensor-equipped appliances within collect and transfer data to increase the efficiency and convenience of everyday tasks, including shopping. In such a scenario, the refrigerator talks to the coffee pot, which talks to the toaster and without human interaction, the grocery list is not only made, but also the order is submitted to the grocer to be delivered later that day. While this level of automated purchasing is still on the horizon (though advancing quickly), IoT use cases in the CPG industry continue to broaden, with immense potential for future innovation in how businesses can get their product to customers. The smart home example above isn’t far off with start-ups and technology giants alike developing new ways for customers to order goods anytime and anywhere. Amazon’s recently released Dash Buttons are a prime example of how businesses are already finding new ways of connecting directly to customers in the home through IoT. Pushing one of these Wi-Fi-connected, product-specific buttons automatically submits an order to Amazon in a pre-set amount. Amazon and others are also at work embedding sensors into household objects to measure usage and automatically prompt re-orders. While ecommerce is rapidly growing in popularity and evolving with IoT, online transactions make up only 1% of overall product purchases in the CPG industry. Brick and mortar stores still constitute the majority of purchases made today. That’s why traditional methods of in-store marketing are as important as ever—especially in light of how they can be augmented by IoT capabilities. Product placement in the store is a primary method of getting brands in front of consumers, but with distributors sending multiple drivers to hundreds of stores and as many vendors vying for prominence, it’s difficult to ensure optimal placement. CPG companies pay a premium for end caps and other product placement opportunities, but with the addition of sensors, it may be easier to ensure a return on that investment. With inexpensive sensors attached to their in-store displays, CPG companies can use geolocation sensing to ensure correct placement in a store, without distributors having to send a representative to check in person. Sensors could also be used to collect data on how products sell based on location and other factors—ultimately helping companies find the best placement for their products. Long before products are stocked on grocery shelves, however, machine communication can enable efficiency and real-time, actionable data for CPG companies. Upstream in the supply chain, many manufacturers depend on machine-to-machine (M2M) integration to streamline processes on the shop floor. Old Dutch Foods, a leading snack food provider, uses the DSI mobile platform for their fixed scanner M2M integration. With scanners on the production line integrated into their system of record, Old Dutch Foods has real-time access to manufacturing data for production planning and informed decision-making. As the pace of technological change continues to increase in CPG, keep reading DSI Labs to stay up-to-date with the latest news and thought leadership, especially as it applies to this particular industry.
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4 Ways to Overcome Enterprise App Development Challenges

Posted by Katy Schamberger on Jul 2, 2015 4:22:53 PM

The good news is that these challenges can be overcome with proper planning and execution. A significant number of organizations have not yet developed any mobile apps, which means they’re in a prime position to adjust their strategies prior to implementation, rather than having to make time-consuming (and potentially costly) changes to what they’ve already created. To ensure the most productive and successful mobile app development, consider these four recommendations.

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Topics: dsi mobile app solutions, dsi mobile platform, enterprise apps, enterprise mobile app development, enterprise mobile apps, gartner enterprise mobile apps, gartner research, mobile app development, mobile app development strategy, mobile app development tips, mobile platform, rapid mobile app development tools, successful enterprise mobile apps

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