Category Archives: Connected Industry

Managing Industrial IoT Edge Devices

If you ask end users about factors that impede the Industrial IoT the #1 factor is usually cybersecurity and the second is manageability. Drill down on what they mean by “manageability” and this expands to “remote device management” or “remote system management”. And without saying so they also mean “management at scale”. This is not…
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Why All System Integrators Must Fully Embrace IIoT Now

"Companies whose investment processes demand quantification of market sizes and financial returns before they can enter a market get paralyzed or make serious mistakes when faced with disruptive technologies" Clayton M Christensen - The Innovator's Dilemma. The excerpt above sums up what I believe may be happening in the system integration space with regards Industrial IoT (IIoT) implementation…
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Digital Transformation in Manufacturing from a Network Visualization Viewpoint

A smart, connected enterprise can embrace the digital transformation in the coming Internet of Things (IoT) world. Manufacturers must adopt technologies that transform operating models and allow for digital connections of processes, events, actions, internal workers and external partners. This transformation will allow manufacturers greater agility and flexibility for regional or global production. It appears manufacturing executives…
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Five areas Internet of Things can improve air travel

In an era where customer service can make or break an airport’s reputation, the Internet of Things provides a strategy for success. Flight delays alone will cost commercial aviation an anticipated $20 billion by 2020, and aviation must find ways to make up for these losses. “Smart airports” that employ the latest IoT technology can radically…
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Defining the term “IIoT Network Edge”

Last week’s release of the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Industrial Internet Vocabulary Technical Report V2.0 coincided with renewed discussion on ARC’s Industrial Internet of Things LinkedIn page concerning the definition of the IIoT network edge. After a dutiful search of the new release in hope of floating an “official” definition of this oft-cited term, the only reference I was able…
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Six in Ten Manufacturers Will Have Fully Connected Factories by 2022

Zebra Technologies Corporation published the results of the Zebra’s 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study, a body of research analyzing the emerging trends shaping the future of connected factories. The global study revealed manufacturers are adopting the IIoT to enhance visibility and improve quality. Driven by globalization, intensifying competition and rising customer demand for more options and higher quality products,…
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The High Potency of Low Power in the IoT Ecosystem

The network characteristics of IoT based on wireless technologies are quite different from those for traditional wired or wireless networks because the number of devices participating in communication is very large. Also, traffic per IoT device is typically not so big because each IoT device senses and transfers a small amount of data to a…
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Transition to Industry 4.0 in Three Steps

Whether you’ve embraced the notion of digital manufacturing or you’re wondering where to even begin, there are things you can do right now to move a little closer to the future and make that all-important transition to Industry 4.0. First and foremost, creating networks that can adapt and respond to change will be a vital…
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How Industrial IoT Can Completely Transform The Packaging Industry

Over the past few years there has been a lot of talk on how Industrial IoT can change how industries derive more value and new revenue opportunities such that there is little need to outline its value proposition in a general sense. Rather, in this article I wish to focus on a particular industry -…
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Why The IIoT Revolution Will Happen At The Edge, Not In The Cloud

Have you ever wondered how the on going IIoT revolution will play out? You are not alone. I've also given it a fair share of thought and in this article I want to argue why I believe the cloud's days as the focal point of this revolution are numbered and how decentralised edge computing is best…
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How Much Will Automation Affect the Jobs Market in the US?

Automation is creating a real buzz in multiple arenas. From robotics to warehousing, automation is the order of the day. Many people believe it will also real issues by dramatically impacting our ability to make a living. With robots replacing laborers in manufacturing vehicles and artificial intelligence (AI) many people believe that the AI and…
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Platforms for Applications and the Internet of Things

Platforms for applications and the Internet of Things (IoT) are appearing in the solution portfolio of many software and automation suppliers.  Each company has its own rationale for offering a platform, but the underlying reason is that the need for these companies to move to an efficient, modern application development and deployment environment. Industrial Internet…
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Nine challenges of Industry 4.0

“We must develop a comprehensive and globally shared view of how technology is affecting our lives and reshaping our economic, social, cultural, and human environments. There has never been a time of greater promise, or greater peril.” — Klaus Schwab We are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0 as its more commonly…
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Methods to Maximize Network Uptime in the Internet of Things Era

The next few years will be highly challenging for network administration professionals. We are looking at huge changes that will impact how things have always been performed. The future of your company and the way you network has several big themes: virtualization, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and quick network reorganization on demand, among…
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Three main elements that make up a successful IoT ecosystem

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of today’s most widely discussed technology topics. From smart agriculture through to smart cities to smart factories, the expectation is that IoT will be transformative. The 4th industrial revolution. However, the reality is that IoT still remains a promise. And, more significantly, IoT remains fragmented. Indeed, most of…
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CEO Insights: The main benefits of augmented reality for industrial companies

Industrial players have begun to explore the benefits augmented reality (AR) can offer, a trend that has nowhere to go but up. AR aims to deliver higher productivity, quality, and accountability, quickly identifying the problems and keeping all the services and processes going. Brian Ballard, CEO of Upskill, explains how AR brings value for industrial…
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How NB-IoT will Impact the Future of smart cities, buildings and consumers

5G is scheduled to come in 2020.  This post discusses NB-IoT and its technical aspects that make it so important for the Internet of Things. NB-IoT, also known as LTE Cat NB1,  is about to connect billions of devices in a smarter way. It's cost efficient, supports lower-power consumption to use low-cost devices, and provides a…
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Industrial IoT – Legal and Regulatory Aspects

As we are moving towards autonomous world – the lines have started blurring between machines and human. As more and more machines are taking control of the real-life situations, the topic related to legal and regulatory aspects in the new initiative rollout is becoming very significant day by day. Industrial IoT is based on the…
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Is there a Human Machine Interface for Predictive Maintenance?

Today, companies in many heavy industries such as manufacturing, power generation, oil & gas, renewables, metals, chemicals, and mining are applying predictive maintenance (PdM) techniques to their multi-million dollar global operations to reduce the costs and downtime associated with unexpected critical machine failure and damage. In many ways, a doctor-patient relationship is a good analogy…
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