Editor’s note: In today’s Masters Series essay, our friend and tech investor Matt McCall, a senior editor at InvestorPlace, shares his insight into what he believes is “one of the most promising investment trends in the world”… and why you’ll want to be involved in it.
Matt is known for identifying innovative trends and picking stocks years before they shoot up 10 times or more… In the last decade alone he’s picked more than 200 triple-digit winners, plus more than a dozen stocks that have returned at least 1,000%, so you’ll want to make sure you read on…
By Matt McCall, Senior Editor, InvestorPlace
In 1982, a modified Coke machine at Carnegie Mellon University became the first “connected” appliance.
By using the school’s early version of the Internet, students could find out what drinks were stocked.
By now, you surely know the nickname for the technology within that pioneering Coke machine. We call it the “Internet of Things” (“IoT”).
Although this technology has been around for more than 20 years, it’s only now advanced to the point of becoming cheap enough… reliable enough… small enough… and powerful enough to spread all over the world.
That’s placing us on the doorstep of a massive technological revolution.
At the center of this revolution will be an explosion in efficiency across our factories, our roads, our airports, our schools, our companies, and dozens of other key places.
You’ve surely heard about the IoT. However, I’m confident you haven’t heard about the most important way it will transform the world and make our lives better…
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The IoT is the label we’ve given to the coming world of connected machines and their support systems: cars, homes, refrigerators, heating systems, lighting systems, medical devices, industrial machines, oil rigs, construction equipment, elevators, ships, and more.
You name it, it’s going to use advanced technology to monitor itself, monitor its surroundings, and communicate with humans and other machines via the Internet.
Given all the devices we use every day, it’s no wonder Internet “plumber” Cisco (CSCO) says 500 billion devices will be connected to the IoT by 2030. It’s no wonder spending on the IoT is forecasted to grow 55% and pass $1 trillion by 2022.
When most people think of the IoT, they think of neat consumer gadgets and tools…
For example, a connected refrigerator can monitor your milk supply and order more from the grocery store when you get low. Another neat consumer IoT application is being able to adjust the temperature inside your house from your phone.
The IoT’s consumer applications are interesting and valuable. But in my opinion, the IoT’s truly huge value comes down to something I call predictive maintenance.
You’ve probably heard of preventive maintenance. This is regular maintenance performed on machines to keep them working. For example, a crane operator might regularly tighten the bolts on his machine or grease its gears.
On the other hand, predictive maintenance – made possible by self-monitored and connected machines – will produce an explosion in human efficiency… which will reduce our stress, increase our productivity, and increase our profits.
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Machines are wonderful things. They make travel easier and faster. They allow us to build modern civilization. They allow us to produce huge amounts of food, energy, and manufactured goods.
However, machines break down…
Every year, we lose billions of hours and billions of dollars to downtime caused by malfunctioning machines.
If you’ve ever been stranded on the side of the road by your car… sat for two hours on an airport runway… or been frustrated by a computer on the fritz, you know what I’m talking about.
Malfunctioning machines are the scourge of productivity and profits.
The IoT is going to help with that… in hundreds of millions of ways every day around the world.
When advanced sensors and connectivity allow machines to monitor themselves and communicate with us, it’s a productivity game-changer. It’s a “downtime prevention” game-changer.
Instead of asking humans to monitor machines and fix them when they break, machines will be able to monitor themselves, spot problems, and fix those problems at the “least worst” times.
This “predictive maintenance” will make us way more efficient and lower the price of everything.
To wrap your head around the power of the IoT and the gigantic money- and time-saving potential of predictive maintenance, just think back to the last time a flat tire or engine trouble left you stranded on the side of the road…
You probably spent at least an hour figuring out what went wrong and then fixing it. If it was a major problem, you simply didn’t get to where you were going. If it was hot, cold, raining, or snowing, it was probably a miserable experience. If you had small children with you on the trip, it was an even bigger pain in the neck.
Now… just think if your car could have alerted you to the problem before you left the driveway… and even ordered a mechanic to come out and fix the problem.
Just think if the fix could have happened while you were cooking dinner the night before.
No changing a flat tire in the rain. No waiting on a tow truck. No missing work or appointments.
Just your car predicting the future… and changing it for the better.
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This time- and money-saving dynamic – this predictive maintenance – that the IoT promises will transform dozens of major industries.
Money- and time-saving fixes will happen millions of times per day in dozens of sectors. We will fix problems before they become problems. Flying, building, driving, shipping, manufacturing, farming, and producing energy will get easier, safer, and more efficient. This will put great downward pressure on prices.
I love the idea of my refrigerator doing my grocery shopping. But as a financial analyst and investor, I’m much more interested in the IoT’s ability to unleash tsunamis of efficiency and cost savings across dozens of industries.
That’s what will drive businesses around the world to spend hundreds of billions of dollars with companies that are making the IoT possible. That’s what will create a big tailwind for companies like Rockwell Automation (ROK) with its factory-equipment automation, Cognex (CGNX) through its machine vision, and Nokia (NOK) with its networking equipment.
Fixing big problems before they become big problems.
That’s what makes the IoT one of the most valuable technologies – and one of the most promising investment trends – in the world.
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