Apple revealed details on the HomeKit earlier last week at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference. HomeKit is Apple’s home automation framework that allows Apple devices a way to configure, communicate, and control the “internet of things,” including connected lights, speakers, security systems, and more.

HomeKit compatible devices can be paired with an iOS device in a few easy steps. You simply download an application, enter in a code and pair the two together.

Montreal,Quebec,Canada-june 14,2012:Apple computers logo on facade window of Apple store in Montreal Canada.

How cool is it with one simple command, such as “close it down” the HomeKit compatible devices make sure all your accessories are turned off including your garage door, lights, coffee machine, and music? This comes in handy for those of us that run a few extra minutes late in the morning.

Another cool feature is that the Apple TV will also serve as a central hub for controlling all of your connected items in the home. All you have to do is sign in on your iOS device and your Apple TV with the same ID and control your devices away from home.

Researchers have commented on the new Apple launch, and Frank Gillett, a technology analyst for Forrester research, said it best.

Apple’s app will be able to orchestrate an organizer and make everything work together in a way that frankly is hard for an individual company to put together –Business Insider

This a big move for the company because all products must be approved by Apple to ensure all HomeKit compatible products come with an endorsement from the tech giant.

The Internet of Things and Maintenance

Apple’s announcement will undoubtedly change the way we, as consumers and business owners, look at maintenance; consumer products in the home… are just the beginning.

Enterprises will be the next tipping point when optimizing their maintenance practices. Enterprises will need to adapt and change to stay relevant. Just how the Apple HomeKit has a central hub that controls all appliances, accessories, etc. in your home, what if businesses started centralizing the way engineers performed maintenance?

Instead of the engineer talking to the system, the system would have to talk to the engineer.

Let’s take a HVAC company for example. An engineer would no longer have to manually go around to each unit  and determine its functionality; the system would be able to send a report detailing what it needs. The unit may need a new filter or the fan has a 50% of life expectancy left and so on. This then draws the question: would maintenance increase or decrease?

Maintenance: Increase or Decrease?

Maintenance could easily increase as it could decrease.

The amount of orders could increase causing more employees to be hired in order to fulfill them, or since you are eliminating the step of having a person manually go and check units, the amount of people could decrease and once maintenance is fixed more routinely less orders may come in for repair. I am playing a little devil’s advocate, but both scenarios are likely possibilities.

Enterprises need to prepare for what the road lies ahead. Consumers and businesses are not taking one step backwards they are taking five steps forward and change is going to happen whether enterprises are ready or not.