Internet of Things (IoT) has many benefits – (1) Reducing costs (3) Increased efficiency (3) Increased loyalty (4) New products and business models (5) Increased revenue streams. But can it detect corruption? An interesting question which I believed can be a controversy and dilemma for many organizations depending on which side of the fence you are sitting – will IoT become your friend or foe?

IoT is all about monitoring and managing your precious assets.

The tiny embedded sensors can become your faithful watchdog or spies that silently send messages about their conditions and environments. Let’s take a look at below examples:

  1. Why must your assets such as lighting, air condition, chiller, etc. be replaced when the equipment are still working in good shape? Why new LED lighting that can last for more than five years are not seen favorable compared to previous hardware that is regularly replaced.
  2. Why did the enforcement officers not do their job of proper and timely enforcement when the IoT system detected violations of services?
  3. Why items in transit differs from the ones listed in the system? Why are we still adamant in using pen and paper?
  4. Why can’t we continuously monitor and measure the performance of the contractors?
  5. Why are we reluctant to make our KPI transparent to public? Data gathered from various sensors need not require further “cleansing process” when the data can be displayed on a dashboard in real-time basis?

What do you think? Do you have any further examples how IoT can detect signs of corruption?

About the Author

Dr. Mazlan Abbas is an IOT Evangelist, Thought Leader and CEO of REDtone IOT,. You can reach him on LinkedIn at or Twitter at . For further details, check out

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