By Pravinraj Panicker
In Blog

Theft and Loss are both phenomenons that are part and parcel of humanity and possibly unavoidable eventualities that can be reduced and deterred but not completely prevented.!!

Can IoT play a role in averting or preventing loss or theft?

Security, Loss, and Theft

The concept of security stems from the absence of theft or loss. Zero incidences on both these counts is a Utopian dream that people and messiahs have been wanting to achieve. “Prevention is better than cure” – If one could avoid such an incident that would be the best way. “Detection is the first step towards a cure” – the second-best way to handle it is to quickly detect the breach in security.


How can IoT chip in?

IoT definitely brings in new attributes which can be utilized to make our environment more secure. One of the important facets added by IoT is communication and the intelligence that is built around it. The fact that “things” are now connected and more aware of the environment makes it easier to built-in more intelligence to detect the occurrence of incidents.

One use case cited was that of how there has been increasing theft from the cargo of high-value non-ferrous metals. The thefts got detected on weighing and finding that the container weights were lesser than the original weights. IoT could have enabled live streaming of the weight data and on detecting a change below the mentioned levels, to quickly raise an alarm with the container pinpointed about this decrease in weight. This would make detection “LIVE” as soon as it happens.

Similarly, an IoT-enabled item can be detected and an alarm raised if it is found moving outside a given safe zone. It could be a detection of any item in a hazard zone. It could be Retail uses like detecting if the freezer is not working correctly and preventing loss of items that need to be stored in very low temperatures to prevent wastage of the food. A weight-based sensor in a jewelry shop shelf can keep track of whether the weight got changed due to a sale or not.

Myriad ways and means by which, IoT can make it happen.


Key to Security

The possibilities of using IoT for security are many. There would be still further development in IoT technology making the chips cheaper, smaller, and more powerful. The percolation of the technology and solutions will initially be slower but soon will move in at an unprecedented rate to erode any glimmer of doubt. The fundamentals of Security will not change but definitely IoT will make prevention and detection – faster, more efficient more “LIVE” than ever before.

Read on to see how these capabilities come in handy as the building block toward security:
How can IoT help real-time authentication of anything?
How do you ensure better security using IoT?
Iot-based Asset Tracking Software for tracking different types of assets of your organization

Feel free to connect with us to discuss or share your ideas. We provide IoT services as well as IoT solutions based on our ISaE framework.

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