Category Archives: Connected Industry

Identifying the Vulnerabilities of IIoT Devices

There are currently over 13 billion connected devices operating in the fields; each device likely has at least one loophole or backdoor that could serve as an entry into critical infrastructure data. Therefore, we have a pressing need to secure all these devices before we continue to flood the market with additional IIoT devices. Advanced…
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Opportunities and challenges for manufacturers moving on Industry 4.0

What will it take to get manufacturers moving on 4.0? Professor Raj Roy, Head of Manufacturing at Cranfield University, argues that 2017 could be a significant year, and outlines the future major opportunities and challenges for the sector. In December 2016, thinkers from industry, government and academia came together to map out the future at…
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Manufacturing Technology Predictions

IHS Markit manufacturing technology experts representing a variety of industrial segments provide their predictions on what the 7 biggest trends and developments will be for the market in 2017. These are: Global market to grow despite headwinds Remote cloud-based analytics to shift to local and edge computing Industrial automation to become more influential in outsourced…
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Defining IT, OT and IIoT

The terms “Information Technology” (IT) and “Operations Technology” (OT) have come into common use as a means of differentiating between the computers, networks and associated devices in manufacturing and operations and those employed for typical business solutions. Although the IT term has been with us for decades, the OT term has become popular much more…
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What’s New About IIoT?

Factory equipment has been creating data for decades, but today there are dozens of terms to describe it, like these: smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), digital factory, digitalization, operational IT, manufacturing analytics, descriptive analytics, predictive analytics, operational analytics and connected factory. All of these terms describe three steps that drive toward…
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Mobility in Manufacturing

Find out 5 reasons why you should consider mobility in industrial settings. Download the white paper from Schneider Electric to understand how plants can provide employees with cost-effective, secure, on-demand remote access to critical information resources. It also suggests ways in which you can begin to build out your mobile technology base for use within manufacturing.…
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THE UNITED STATES OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE STARTUPS-A CB INSIGHTS ANALYSIS

Startups in 33 US states are applying machine learning algorithms across industries including marketing, healthcare, and retail. Deals to AI startups reached a record high last year, from 160 deals in 2012 to 658 in 2016. Although non-US deal share has been increasing over the time period, well over a majority of deals, around 70%, went to startups…
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Work smarter, not harder: four IIoT predictions for 2017

Digitization, big data analysis, smart technology – they’re not just buzzwords in 2017 (...). Forward thinking manufacturing companies know that the distance between them and their competitors is determined by working smarter, not harder. Thinking about that technology and all the interesting ways it can be used, misused and innovatively combined, JON RABINOWITZ offers four IIoT predictions for 2017. You…
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3 SCADA considerations to optimize your industrial operation

Today’s business climate is putting plants under intense financial pressure, and operations and maintenance budgets are among the first to be cut. Fewer personnel are expected to operate and maintain more equipment, manage larger and often remote systems, process greater volumes of data and supervise increased levels of automation — all at a lower cost. This post…
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The Basics of MQTT-The Messaging Protocol for the IoT

MQTT is a machine-to-machine  (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) open protocol standardized by the OASIS Technical Committee (www.oasis-open.org). The protocol is easy to adopt for a wide variety of IoT devices, platforms, and operating systems. Enterprise cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure expose their IoT PaaS through MQTT. Find out more about the core concepts of…
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The Top Benefits of the Concurrent License Model

Software licensing agreements can be a daunting task for an enterprise. Using a multi-plant organization as an example, I plan to go over the benefits of the concurrent licensing over traditional per devices/user model in terms of cost, flexibility ease of use and administration. Read the full article on Schneider Electric Blog.
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Enable the full potential of the IoT with Fog architecture

Manufacturers who have embraced the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have made gains in performance and operational efficiencies, thanks to connected sensors that measure and manage equipment performance throughout the factory. Tiny sensors stream performance data to the cloud, helping to troubleshoot before equipment fails. In these digital factories, IIoT is exposing the performance gaps…
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Mixed Vendor PLC Coexistence

HomeGrid Forum has released a white paper titled “Coexistence and Interoperability in a mixed vendor PLC environment,” which describes these two different concepts and their role in providing the best possible user experience and avoiding false expectations from users looking to expand their network. The white paper explains the importance of interoperability in networking technologies…
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