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Farm to Fridge: an industrial IoT (IIoT) love story

One of the great parts of my job is talking to industrial technologists from a wide variety of businesses. I had an interesting conversation recently with some people from a large dairy. Forget whatever image you may have; today’s large commercial dairies are extremely sophisticated enterprises that are always looking for new ways to leverage […]

Dell Technologies commits $1b to the future of IoT

Dell Technologies this Tuesday announced the formation of a new IoT solutions strategy, a new IoT division and a $1bn commitment in IoT R&D. Chairman and CEO Michael Dell called IoT “the infrastructure of the next industrial revolution. And that’s what we’re co-inventing with our customers and our partners,” The company’s new IoT Division, led […]

Hitachi rolls out Vantara to amp up its social innovation track record

Here at their inaugural NEXT event in Las Vegas today, Hitachi debuted their new Hitachi Vantara subsidiary, an effort that’s meant to pull together a broad portfolio of innovation, development and experience from across the company aimed at delivering “data-driven solutions for commercial and industrial enterprises.” See also: Hitachi sets up IoT R&D camp in California The new […]

Are edge computing and IIoT changing the way we think about data?

As we observe what’s happening in industrial enterprises, there’s an interesting evolution occurring—one that has important implications as companies make their first tentative steps toward the industrial Internet of things (IIoT). Traditionally, operational technology (OT) teams have tended to think of their environment in terms of the automation equipment within their environment, both hardware and […]

Using IoT to solve the problems of the freight industry

Honeywell last week announced a new “Connected Freight” solution that gives shippers and logistics companies unprecedented ability to monitor shipments of high-value and perishable goods, helping prevent costly damage and loss. The new solution, developed in collaboration with Intel and third-party logistics companies, provides real-time information about the location and condition of critical freight while in […]

Wearable tech hits the factory floor at Hannover Messe

Germany has always been a place for industrial invention and innovation, reflected by the creation of the concept of “Industrie 4.0” by the German Government. Last week saw Europe’s leading technologists involved in the digitalization of industry bought together at Hannover Messe to showcase their answers to the key question faced by industrial enterprises everywhere: How […]

Can USSD really make IoT more affordable?

A use of old technology in a new way is transforming the potential capabilities of IoT. Myriad Group, a mobile software company that originated in Switzerland in the 1990’s, have created Pressto, a connected bundle built on Myriad’s IoT platform, ThingStream.io. The device uses the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) protocol to send 182 character messages […]

Industrial IoT: Think of it as a May-December romance

Is industrial IoT new or old? It’s a more complex question than you think. If you’ve experienced the advertising barrage of the past decade, you might have concluded that large industrial companies are just discovering the power of data. Ports are being rigged with sensors and software to optimize boat traffic. Cities are saving millions […]

Industrial IoT all set to turbocharge lean manufacturing

Companies in the manufacturing sector for years have been striving for lean production or processes to create more efficient operations. One of the latest trends in technology, the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), could give lean efforts a major boost. Lean manufacturing, a systematic method for eliminating waste within a manufacturing system, is […]

Why many major American companies have struggled in China: Amazon

This article is part of a series about the importance of cross-cultural design, other installments of which have been published  over the last month. Before mentioning anything about Amazon, the scale of its problem must be described. In 2014, after disappointing results for their business in China, Wolfe Research Analyst Aram Rubinson estimated that Amazon […]

Come play in the IIoT sensor test sandbox for smart factories

TE Connectivity is partnering with a consortium of companies to launch a new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) testbed for sensors connected to the cloud and smart factory machinery. A recent Control Engineering Europe article discussed the new testbed with Daniel Walldorf and Michael Hilgner from TE Connectivity. TE, formerly Tyco Electronics, designs and manufactures […]

Honeywell pumps up energy IIoT with new partnership

Honeywell is enhancing its Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) capabilities in oil and gas through a collaboration with Aereon. According to Penn Energy, N.J.-based Honeywell is partnering with Aereon, an air emissions firm for the oil and gas sector. The collaboration will bolster Honeywell’s IIoT ecosystem to better allow such initiatives as its Connected Plant […]