Products capable of sharing information
In the 4.0 era, the concept of smart products pervades all products in the market. We define a Smart Product as an object capable of communicating by sharing information, improving understanding and configuration of processes and services, and adding value to those who use it.
Communication is becoming increasingly central, which is why to become 4.0 it is important to create products that can communicate.
How? Smart Products, equipped with new features and functionalities, must certainly be connected, able to self-manage, self-adapt and exchange information about their environment, usage and status with the user and other devices. This means rethinking our products and services by trying to meet certain characteristics:
From objects dedicated to a specific purpose to objects capable of covering heterogeneous needs by sharing resources
From objects designed as closed systems to “platform” objects that can be interfaced with other devices
From objects requiring learning time and instruction manuals to “plug & play” objects that guide the user in learning
From effectiveness-oriented products to products designed to use resources as efficiently as possible
From objects customised for the owner to shared objects that quickly reconfigure themselves to the user's needs
From objects with an open, linear life cycle destined for disposal to revitalised end-of-life products
From single-version products to products that are upgraded through the release of new software versions (and some hardware accessories)