Category Archives: Connected Industry

A Guide for selecting the right microcontroller for your IoT project

The Internet of things(IoT) is enabling our hyperlinked world to get even more connected. Microcontrollers are a tiny, self-contained computers hosted on a microchip. They enable connectivity and control in all the things which could be connected to the internet. Microcontrollers are designed to perform specific functions, and they can be integrated into almost anything…
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Smart Water Management using Internet of Things Technologies

Water scarcity is the lack of sufficient available water resources to meet the demands of water usage within a region, which is, according to the “United Nations Development Programme,” caused mainly by poor management of those resources, affecting around 1.2 billion people around the world. The Internet of Things as a technology holds great potential…
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Strategic options for creating smart solutions for Industrial IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) enables vendors to create an entirely new line of “smart” solutions for its existing and new markets. While the decision to go “smart” is straightforward, the decision of how to do so is not. Vendors are faced with a “build, buy, partner” decision – build it themselves, buy or license…
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IIC: Industrial IoT Reference Architecture

One can find many ROI opportunities when looking at IoT to solve problems and bring value in an industrial context. Process improvement, asset tracking, and preventative maintenance are the three major pillars that drive ROI opportunities. The constant churning wheel of New Industrial IoT Platforms from vendors new and old can be staggering for those…
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A guide for continuous integration and delivery process for embedded software

Researches of SW R&D teams show significant improvements in all R&D and operation metrics when proper continuous integration and delivery processes were implemented (take a look at this case study). We thought it would be highly beneficial to demonstrate how to apply these practices to embedded SW teams. Applying continuous integration and delivery for embedded SW development…
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There is no single “killer app” for anything, particularly for IIoT

As a Product Manager, we can’t keep chasing the next big thing all the time. It’s true we need to understand where technology is going, but we need to be more pragmatic and realize there is no single “killer app” for anything. Particularly for IIoT. Is predictive maintenance the killer app for IIoT? Predictive maintenance…
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Virtualization of Your Network: five most serious challenges

Gartner Research defined network virtualization as the process of combining hardware and software network resources and functionality into a single virtual network. This offers access to routing features and data streams that can provide newer, service-aware, resilient solutions; newer security services that are native within network elements; support for subscriber-aware policy control for peer-to peer…
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How to Build a Monitoring and Analytics System for Your IoT Embedded Devices

This article outlines a cookbook about creating a monitoring system for a connected embedded system. We used it to create one that can monitor all type of devices (even those that run Bare-Metal and RTOS), and we thought it’d make sense to help others build similar systems. This cookbook could easily be used to monitor device operational data…
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Hydrocarbon Leak Detection Technologies – What to Consider in Oil & Gas Industry

In the Oil and Gas industry, the consequences of hydrocarbon leaks can be severe. Gaseous and liquid leaks of these products can result in fires, explosions, and environmental contamination. These calamities could likely cause harm to employees and the public as well as irreversible damage to company infrastructure and the environment. As the production and…
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The Complexities of Scaling IoT Projects

Analyst firm IDC predicts that by 2019, 45 percent of IoT-created data will be stored, processed, analyzed and acted upon close to, or at the edge of, the network. The challenge is that many companies want to take advantage of the value IoT offers to improve their business, but they do not know how to…
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Ten ways IoT differs from IIoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) enables disruptive transformation across multiple market segments, from consumer, enterprise, agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, utilities to government and cities. Industrial IoT (IIoT), a subset of the larger IoT, focuses on the specialized requirements of industrial applications, such as manufacturing, oil and gas, and utilities. Although IoT and IIoT share common technologies…
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5 Steps to begin or advance a Digital Transformation Strategy

A smart, connected enterprise can embrace the digital transformation in the coming Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) world by collecting data that could result in new levels of collaboration, operational excellence, agility and profitability. But the reality is that total adoption of IIoT is a ways off and users today need to start the digital…
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Decreasing Industrial Inefficiencies through Asset Management

Most people don’t associate the IoT (Internet of Things) with earth movers, dump trucks and other heavy industrial equipment. But for construction, oil and gas, waste management and other industrial businesses, IoT has become an increasingly important tool for reducing inefficiencies that have plagued these industries for decades. Specifically, IoT is transforming the way these…
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IIoT Efficiencies to Consider

The use of industrial automated machinery and control systems continues to grow as factories and plants implement sensors and actuators to monitor environments and the machines in these spaces. The adoption of technology in these environments has been coined the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). And, as hardware and software solutions continue to drop in price ($30-$300), industries…
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Augmented Reality offers a way to bridge the skills gap in industry

As outlined in our previous story on Industry 4.0, the challenges and opportunities facing the manufacturing sector are significant and global. They include: Tackling the skills shortage that manufacturers are increasingly facing due to an aging workforce and the changing nature of manufacturing itself Managing the demands of a global supply chain that requires strong,…
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Creating a Scalable MQTT Environment

MQTT, a light-weight IoT messaging protocol over TCP/IP, is designed for large-scale telemetry environments with remote locations where a small code footprint is required and/or network bandwidth is limited.  It operates as a producer-consumer paradigm, where many “Publishers” (for example, sensors) send out messages to a small set of “Subscribers” (for example, client applications), which…
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IIoT is grabbing headlines for all the right reasons

Since the inception of the Internet of Things (IoT), a slew of connected products is emerging resulting in a drastic change in the way consumers interact with home appliances, cars, electronics, and other types of equipment. Particularly, IIoT Applications have significantly affected industrial implications and as such are being identified in the range of the…
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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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