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 […]

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 are there no good bots?

Why are there no good bots? This is a question I get asked on a regular basis. Probably on average of about twice a week. What are you defining as “good”? If you’re defining “good” as some magical creation that enables you to have a conversation with a machine, and makes it feel like you […]

Why do major American corporations struggle in China?

This introduction is our first installment of an eight-part series about the importance of cross-cultural design which will examine several attempts by large, well-known American corporations to expand their reach by marketing in mainland China.  As this series will show, many of these attempts have failed to achieve success even though China is the second […]

3DSignals decipher machine maintenance with sound analytics

One of the most compelling aspects of industrial IoT is the ability of sensor technology to solve problems that have plagued traditional industries for years if not decades. One such problem is machine maintenance and repairs. Up until recently, such maintenance was typically time-consuming, costly and limited by the challenge of finding appropriately skilled workers. […]

How to get CxOs to buy into your IoT project

The IoT (Internet of Things) age is upon us. The media tends to focus on consumer-centric examples like self-driving cars and programmable home thermostats, but IoT’s impact arguably is greater in B2B markets. IoT tools and technologies already are transforming global supply chains, simplifying water management systems, and even optimizing niche industries like oyster farming. […]

Sony gets smart with enterprise AR

Since their initial consumer-focused introduction, smart glasses are now quickly finding a home within the business world as well. Here, augmented reality (AR) can be used to create simple, efficient solutions for the enterprise. Sony’s SmartEyeglass is a good example of how Industry 4.0 technology can quickly create business value and competitive advantages in the […]

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China IIoT efforts will dominate global market: Economist

China is well positioned to become a global leader in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market, as industrial use of connected devices eclipses consumer gadgets. A recent article by the Economist magazine extolled the virtues of China that positions it to capture a significant share of the global IIoT marketplace. It says China’s current role […]

Ecobyte pollution monitoring system takes IIoT hackathon prize

Ecobyte created a pollution monitoring system that took home the $5,000 cash grand prize and a set of Amazon Echos at the Industrial IoT Hackathon, held at this week’s SEMICON West in San Francisco.   Their solution, a pollution awareness platform for tomorrow’s smart cities, leverages Intel’s Edison board connected to the Intel Grove Air Quality Sensor […]

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Can IoT help stop the utility death spiral?

Electrical utilities who dive deep into the Internet of Things (IoT) can potentially leverage the emerging technology to build new, stronger relationships with their customer base. Notably, IoT will allow utilities to develop trusted advisory relationships with customers previously beyond the scope of traditional power delivery. A new report from Navigant Research on the U.S. […]