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Perspectives on the Industrial Internet of Things

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Few industries can claim such a foundational impact on the United States as the manufacturing industry. Modern manufacturing began with the birth of the assembly line and the transformational effect it had on the automobile industry. Companies then adopted that approach to product manufacturing and logistics. The early phases of the next generation of manufacturing appeared as machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, a forbearer of the concept behind the Internet of Things (IoT). Eventually, IoT became so broad that specific designations were needed to differentiate between the consumer and industrial side of things, thus paving the way for the Industrial IoT (IIoT). Today, manufacturing companies, while often on the leading edge of automation technology, are still scrambling to adapt to the explosion of sensors, communication platforms, big data and high-speed analyt... (more)

Do Drones Help or Hurt Wildfire Fighting?

Summer wildfire season is in full swing across North America, and the question of the utility of drones is once again in the headlines. The technology has proponents on both sides, but it has also been linked to several incidents, including the grounding of critical aircraft in a firefighting effort in Arizona. A key point of differentiation in this discussion is the use of personal drones, similar to the one mentioned in the article above, and commercial drones designed to serve a specific purpose in operations, similar to military or first responder deployments. The problem th... (more)

2017 #IIoT Predictions | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #AI #DigitalTransformation

Predictions can be enlightening as we round out the end of the year, and industry analysts covering the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have begun forecasting what to expect in 2017. In the ever changing digital business landscape, companies need to keep a pulse on the technology and regulatory environments to have direction on where to focus their efforts. Over the past few years, IIoT has taken on the shared title of industry 4.0, as new ways of connecting businesses and consumers impact systems infrastructures and technology integrations across many, if not all. busine... (more)

International #IIoT Perspectives: Smart Cities

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is, at times, hard to pin down. The stronger the technology has gotten, the broader the applications have become, affecting everything from energy, to smart cities to manufacturing, and in the process, blurring the line between traditional consumer and industrial markets. Interestingly, in the United States, much of the Industrial IoT advancements have come from the private sector – oil and gas, utilities, precision agriculture, etc. International IIoT, however, has seen real advancements coming from cities – smart cities, that is. Smarte... (more)

Autonomous Tech and Self-Driving Cars Dominate the IIoT Headlines

The autonomous tech industry is poised to explode, driving job growth and technological innovation. Everything from self-driving vehicles to automated infrastructure is sitting on a precipice of advancement that can be a truly momentous step into the era of the connected world. This week, we are focusing on some of the industry news surrounding autonomous vehicles, including the manufacturing aspect, their space in a smart city, and how major metropolitan areas initially resistant to the technology are starting to come around. In Japan the Race is On for Self-Driving Cars IMAG... (more)