Category Archives: Connected Industry

Wireless Reshaping IT/OT Network Best Practices

While wireless has been a part of networking for more than a decade, the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) will make significant changes in the way network architectures end up designed. Nowhere will those changes be more immediate or far-reaching than in the ways wireless systems are used. We are already beginning to see the use of networked devices…
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Monetization of Data in Manufacturing Industry

The declining cost and size of sensors and communication technologies boosts the “Internet of Things” (IoT) by leaps and bounds. In 2017 Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things(IIoT) forecast, Bain predicts that by 2020 annual revenues for the IoT vendors selling the hardware, software and comprehensive solutions would exceed $470B, while General…
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Industry 4.0 demands new solutions for manufacturing

Life is changing fast for manufacturing companies. Not only is the business of designing, making, shipping, distributing and selling finished goods becoming ever more global and competitive, but technology is ensuring that it is evolving at a pace that's tough to keep up with. Manufacturing companies need to be more agile, thoughtful and innovative than…
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IIoT Startups vs Incumbent Giant Industrial Vendors

It’s an amazing time to be involved in manufacturing. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is providing opportunities to transform businesses quicker than ever before and, potentially, at a fraction of the cost. This is exactly what we’re striving to do at my startup company, pointFASE.  We aim to provide low-cost software that makes it…
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Edge Computing 101: Requirements for IIoT Edge Computing Solutions

There are many companies out there that promise to deliver “edge computing” for IIoT operations. But what does “edge computing” really mean and what is its underlying value? By applying edge computing to streaming data, manufacturers can meet the real-time demands of high-stakes industries and utilities without straining their bottom line with increased storage or…
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5 Steps on Your Journey Toward Industry 4.0

Introducing new technology can be disruptive: upending the status quo is always challenging for businesses and their employees. For manufacturers, though, the idea of the smart factory of the future is quickly becoming a reality, and even those hesitant to embrace these advancements are finding it hard to ignore. As we advance steadily toward Industry…
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Benefits of using wireless industrial IoT sensors

Industrial IoT has developed closely alongside consumer IoT goods and now is here to change the industrial applications as we know. One of the biggest breakthroughs in the last few years have been wireless, low power wide area networks (LPWAN) that have fostered the development of wireless sensors and industrial IoT applications overall. Wireless sensor systems…
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“To Edge or not the Edge”

The emergence of Edge Computing in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has become a cost prohibitive, expensive trend. Overall interest in Edge Computing has risen in the IIoT space because of confusion between the exact needs of IIoT vs. Industry 4.0. For simple definitional clarity, Industry 4.0 technology is destined for the industrial factory;…
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Key Questions You Should Ask Your Industrial Video Provider

Frequently, video solutions intended for industrial use are purchased by the organization’s security department. In most organizations, operations and security are different departments.  This often provides budget, control, and integration challenges within the organization. Treating the video system as part of the SCADA system rather than the security system helps to clearly delineate video’s use,…
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Save the date: November 9, 2017 Integr8™ Industry 4.0 Event in Detroit, Mi

Automation Alley will host a conference about Industry 4.0 on November 9th, 2017. The Integr8™ event is a global Industry 4.0 conference focused on the eight technologies that are disrupting the manufacturing industry with over 500 tech, manufacturing leaders, business executives expected to attend the first Industry 4.0 conference of its kind. IIoT World's co-founder,…
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Power Generation Companies Need a Framework for Digital Transformation

The power industry has a long history of embracing the benefits of digital technology. For decades, power plants have used remote sensing, networked communication, data aggregation, monitoring and control systems to optimize their generation, transmission and distribution systems. The new level of digitalization ushered in by the 4th Industrial Revolution, is enabling power generators to…
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Digitalization of power generation in times of transition

Digitalization holds great promise for the power generation industry. However, a range of internal and market challenges can constrain its effective uptake and implementation for those early in the digital journey. Innovative companies that approach digitalization strategically, balancing the short and longer term objectives of the business, will gain a significant competitive advantage, improving their…
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Converged Networks – a Peek into the Future

What will it take? Will Operational Technology (OT) disappear as we know it today - morphed into the Informational Technology (IT) space where both areas are driven by the same disruptive technology of the IoE (Internet-of-Everything)? A transformation of the industrial network is in full swing. Sometimes referred to as the Industrial Internet of Things,…
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Five main qualities of Industrial IoT in the digital power plants

The industrial Internet is about connecting machines with people and services. It is about harnessing big data, analyzing that data and turning it into actionable information. It is about optimizing the plant and production process and about making equipment and service smarter. And, it is about improving collaboration to enhance the expertise of the people…
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IoT Innovation in Construction Industry

In 1990, John Romkey connected the first ‘thing’ to the internet, a Sunbeam Radiant Control toaster. The seemingly odd experiment intended to prove the internet could be used to physically control an object, and it was successful. He used the internet to make toast. This fun hack was the first instance of what would eventually become…
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CEO Insights: best practices to build and monitor your network

Before you can begin to improve your network, you need to have visibility into your network. In this post, Frank Williams, CEO of Statseeker, explains why network visibility is important, how it can help your business save money, the best practices for building a network and why industrial companies need to apply smarter and more connected…
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Why Don’t More Cars Update Their Software Automatically?

Tesla is the only major automaker that offers over the air (OTA) updates of both software and firmware. This allows Tesla to add new features like new voice commands, driver profiles or blind spot warnings that weren’t available when the car was purchased. It also allows them to fix bugs that were either causing the…
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The IoT revolution within supply chain

Since the days of the first ‘Internet refrigerator’, the Internet of Things (IoT) has come a long way, and far more practical uses for the IoT have emerged. For businesses that play an active role in supply chain fulfillment, the IoT benefits are significant. Advances in mobile connectivity, making Internet-enabled sensors much smaller and more…
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