58 Object Self-Service

Chapter 58

Object Self-Service

Automating consumption material ordering

An open refrigerator with two bottles inside, communication wirelessly with a nearby moving van on the road carrying similar bottles. Antennae on top of the refrigerator and the van are both emitting radio signals.

The pattern

With the increasing number of IoT-compatible devices and opportunities to find new applications for the respective sensors, Object Self-Service business model patterns see a rise in viable practical use cases. Through the existence of sensors and IT infrastructure (HOW?), an object can generate orders by itself. This makes fully-automated processes such as replenishment possible and increases the speed of interaction with the object – the customers can focus on their core activities while time-consuming activities are automated ...

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