The IIoT Times’ Mission: Define The Industrial Internet of Things

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The goal of The IIoT Times is to define the industrial Internet of Things.

The IIoT in a way is too big for its own good. It is a huge topic both horizontally (the industries, government sectors, etc. it encompasses) and vertically (the stacks and silos of functionality–from sensors to management suites–necessary to make it work). Nobody is sure where it begins and ends (Is it part of the IoT or a separate entity?). It is comprised overlaps with other emerging technologies that also are confusing (cloud, M2M, big data, etc.).

In other words, it’s a mess, definition-wise.

It’s also a moving target. As of right now, the mandate of The IIoT Times is to answer these questions:

  • What is the IIoT?
  • Is it a subset, super set or discreet from the consumer IoT?
  • What technologies comprise the IIoT?
  • What companies offer these technologies?
  • What standards drive the IIoT?
  • What companies, organizations and consortia created and advocate for these standards?
  • How do the standards compete/cooperate with each other?
  • What vertical industries use the IIoT?
  • How do they use it?

The site and newsletter will use a mix of charts, graphics and spreadsheets to answer these and other questions.

Buyers’ guides and a list of important IIoT people also will be a part of this project. I invite everyone to send me information about themselves and their organization. I’ll post more on that soon. n the meantime, pls. feel free to contact me at carlw@iiottimes.com with ideas and suggestions.

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News and Views, Week of July 20

July 23:

TechCrunchThe Next Industrial Revolution Should Happen In America: The ‘Industrial Internet’ is poised to overhaul the way companies manufacture goods, in turn changing our everyday interactions with products. Read More…

WIBU-Systems Joins the Industrial Internet Consortium: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG, a global leader for the protection, licensing and security of digital assets and know how, announced today that it has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), an open membership, international not-for-profit organization that is setting the architectural framework and direction for the Industrial Internet. Read More…

 

July 22:

Silicon RepublicData Security Will Be Key to Industrial Internet of Things, Says EMC VP: Security and clarity of the data and content being gathered from M2M devices and sensors will be critical, says EMC’s VP in charge of innovation, Dr Orna Berry. Read More…

 

RTI Presents “How to Architect Microgrids for the Industrial Internet of Things” Complimentary Webinar Published: Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity platform company, today announced it is hosting a complimentary webinar, “How to Architect Microgrids for the Industrial Internet of Things” in partnership with fellow Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) member, National Instruments (NI). Read More…

 

 

July 21:

New Cisco IoT Certification Fills Employers, Employees Needs: After identifying where the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) can benefit the organization, the search will be on for staff with the skills to make it happen – and quickly. Particularly within the IIoT, or Industrial Internet of Things, successfully retaining existing staff who are knowledgeable about legacy systems and production practices, and offering them training and certification opportunities, could be the key to getting to market and seeing returns from IoT-related projects. Read More…

 

Automation WorldIs Your Network Ready for the Future? Whether or not you’re fully onboard with the big technology trends sweeping across industry—such as the Industrial Internet of Things, Big Data, and cloud computing—your automation technologies are likely in need of an upgrade. Doing so is not just a matter of keeping up with Joneses; it’s about staying relevant in an increasingly digitized industry. Read More…

 

 

Internet of Things: Achieving Business Objectives through Dynamic Case Management: Digitization means disruptive mega-trends in Connectivity, Social, Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, Cloud, and Mobility. Among these, the most impactful pillar of digitization is the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is also identified as other terms: Machine to Machine (M2M), Internet of Everything (IoE), Industrial Internet, Connected & Smart Machines, Connected & Smart Devices. There are still more esoteric terms such as “Enchanted Objects”. These terms have nuances that attempt to capture or emphasize a particular aspect of the (sometimes confusing) IoT landscape. Read More…

 

Manufacturing . netThe Plant of the Future: Seven Key Elements: For decades, manufacturing operations technology (OT) and enterprise information technology (IT) systems developed and evolved into separate physical architectures that remained largely walled off from each other in the industrial and business spaces. Read More…

 

 

 

Big Data’s Power in Construction Machinery: While the construction machinery industry remains by and large a traditional industry – you can still find machines from the 1960s on some job-sites in the region – manufacturers and end users are embracing the opportunities of the digital age, through improved on-board controls, advance diagnostics and machine control. These technologies improve up-time and performance of machines in the field, but OEMs are also looking to improve their predictive abilities by harnessing the power of big data.

This is part of a general focus on the industrial internet and the Internet of Things, which has been estimated to be a market one day worth $19 trillion, encompassing the whole range of activated technology, from smart phones to cars to construction equipment. Read More…

July 20:

AIS

AIS’s Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) White Paper Provides an Overview of IT and OT Convergence, and Enabling Smart HMI Technologies: American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) the leader in open architecture, IP-based HMI panels, Panel Industrial PCs (IPCs), Industrial IoT, M2M and Industry 4.0 touch screen interfaces, has developed a new white paper on the topic of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Machine-to-Machine Communications (M2M), Smart Technologies and Industry 4.0 Technologies. Read More…

 

Sensity SystemsSensity Systems Announces Strategic Investment by Acuity Brands, Cisco Investments, GE Ventures and Simon Property Group: Sensity will use the new funding to expand its cloud-based NetSense LSN platform and IoT applications ecosystem to enable development of value-added applications that allow customers to optimize operations, enhance security, and reduce energy usage by leveraging data and analytics generated by the industrial Internet of Things. Funding will also be used to support rapidly growing sales with our partners for LSN installations worldwide. Read More…

Plant EngineeringData Services, Cloud Platform, Manufacturing Analytics: Increase data flow and analytics while decreasing risk of cyber security intrusions, by using services, according to experts in cloud-based manufacturing services, cyber security, and digital factories. These are building blocks of Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things. Read More…

 

GE Unveils High-Speed Network Infrastructure to Connect Machines, Data and People at Light Speed to the Industrial InternetGE Unveils High-Speed Network Infrastructure to Connect Machines, Data and People at Light Speed to the Industrial Internet: GE today announced the installation of some of the world’s fastest, high-speed fiber optic lines to support the company’s Industrial Internet initiative. As a founding member of the Industrial Internet Consortium, GE software scientists and developers created an industry test bed that will transfer data at 100 gigabits per second to support seamless machine-2-machine communications and data transfer across connected control systems, big infrastructure products and manufacturing plants. Read More…

Open Interconnect ConsortiumOpen Interconnect Consortium Announces New Members and Standards Milestone: Today, the Open Interconnect Consortium, Inc. (OIC) announced a number of new member organizations, including IBM and National Instruments. New companies and nonprofits that have joined the consortium hail from regions around the world including Argentina, South Korea, North America and Taiwan. They offer products and services in a variety of sectors ranging from manufacturing to education. Read More…

 

Is it the IIoT and the IoT — Or Just the IoT?

helloThe most interesting IIoT-related item that I saw today comes from a story at Tech.eu. It’s a profile of Marcus Weldon, the CTO of Alcatel-Lucent. Fortune’s Stacey Higginbotham picked out the important comment, from an IIoT point of view. So this passage is both from the original piece — which was written by Robin Wauters — and from Higginbotham’s:

Interestingly, while Weldon says IoT will become the lifeblood of the new enterprise, he believes the consumer IoT is largely overblown. His exact words: “IoT is about enterprise, not about consumer.”

Calling devices like FitBit and the Apple Watch “cute” and “curiosities” but “not transformative”, Weldon said he personally “doesn’t really believe in consumer IoT in the same way others do” and that he believes the impact of IoT technology on enterprises will be far greater.

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News and Views for the Week of July 13, 2015

Here is what is happening in the world of the Industrial Internet of Things:

July 17: 

Open TextOpenText, a global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), today announced that iTAC Software AG has implemented OpenText to provide enhanced data visualization capabilities to its manufacturing software solutions. Using OpenText Actuate Information Hub (iHub), iTAC has the business intelligence (BI), operational and analytical capabilities needed to support customer demands for greater intelligence, quality control and traceability throughout the entire manufacturing process. Read More…

 

ComputerworldIndustrial IoT Testbed Hooks Equipment Monitoring up to a Public Cloud: IBM and National Instruments have built a testbed to find out how sensors in industrial gear, and analytics software in the cloud, can prevent failures in places like power plants. It’s part of a broader effort by the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) to bring together various technologies in industrial IoT so companies can feel confident in adopting it. Read More…

 

IoT, IIoT, M2M: Big Technologies with Fuzzy Definitions: There is no question that all of the technologies under this broad umbrella—the IoT, the IIoT, M2M, cellular M2M and others—are growing. It’s also clear that there is a tremendous amount of overlap among them and that precise definitions are fuzzy. For this reason, quantifying the growth is impossible. Read More…

 

The Internet of Things and the Enterprise Opportunity: Gartner recently completed a survey of business and IT executives that noted manufacturing and retail are two sectors with particularly high expectations of the IoT. Utilities, industrial sectors, connected cars, healthcare and consumers are other verticals at the forefront of IoT investment. We see that leveraging IoT in vertical industries will definitely revolutionize the traditional way of doing things. These changes will lead to major opportunities for providers too. Read More…

Overwhelmed by the IIoT? People are still trying to grasp what to do with all of this connectivity and information. But if you can start with, for instance, that people are ordering products online and they need them within a day instead of two days, then you can kind of map the business processes that you need and what organizations need to connect, what organizations need the information and what time they need the information, and how do they access they information. Read More…

July 16: 

Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq:MIFI), a leading provider of wireless solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the launch of the new MiFi U620L 4G LTE Global USB for Verizon Wireless (NASDAQ:VZ)– based on the proven MiFi 6600 family award-winning mobile hotspots, this new USB modem takes advantage of Verizon’s latest LTE Advanced Network capabilities. The U620L has been designed to support the most demanding IoT bandwidth requirements as well as offer basic 4G LTE connectivity in versatile USB stick providing “future proof” connectivity for all applications and use cases. Read More…

 

Xilinx, Inc.  announced today that it has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) to collaborate and drive common architectures and frameworks within the Industrial IoT (IIoT).  Xilinx’s All Programmable, standards-based solutions combine software programmability, real-time processing, hardware optimization, and any-to-any connectivity with security and safety required by IIoT systems.  The Industrial Internet Consortium was founded in 2014 by AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM, and Intel to catalyze and coordinate the priorities and enabling technologies of the Industrial Internet. Read More…

 

GE.comGE Global Research Center conference sees future of Industrial Internet: General Electric predicts the Industrial Internet, as this exponentially growing network is called, can add as much as $15 trillion to global output over the next two decades. Read More…

July 15:

visiongainIndustrial Internet Market Report 2015-2025 The Future for Machine to Machine (M2M), Smart Connected Devices, Big Data Analytics & Internet of Things (IoT): The Industrial Internet market is set for accelerated growth in 2015 as more businesses realize its potential uses and the positive impact it can have upon various industry verticals. The Industrial Internet market has already gained momentum with increasing adoption, offering a wide variety of uses and portfolio of applications, which is expanding sizeably. The main attraction offered by the Industrial Internet is its potential to change strategy and a plethora of a new products and service possibilities benefitting the whole industrial ecosystem. Read More…

 

AllSeen Alliance Deepens IT Infrastructure and Cloud Computing Expertise for IoT: The AllSeen Alliance, a cross-industry collaboration to advance the Internet of Everything through an open source software project, today announced 13 new members have joined the initiative including industry giants IBM and Pivotal. Read More…

 

GE.comGE Adapts Plane, Train Technology to Expand in $12 Billion Marine Market: General Electric wants to do for big tanker ships and offshore rigs what it’s demonstrated it can do for wind farms and airplanes.

Its recently created GE Marine business is making an aggressive push into the “Industrial Internet,” a cloud-based service that uses GE’s Predix software platform to maximize machine performance with input from equipment sensors, potentially generating billions in cost savings across a broad swath of industries. Read More…

 

CirculateDigital Wind Farms Set to Make Wind Power 20% More Efficient: Electricity demands are predicted to rise by 50% over the next 20 years presenting a significant challenge, particularly considering the price volatility and finiteness of fossil fuel energy sources. However, advances are being made towards more resilient energy systems that can power a prosperous economy in the long-term. One concept currently being developed uses big data, software and the industrial internet (a digital network, which connects, collects and analyses machine data) is called Digital Wind Farms. The new internet-connected design could boost a wind farm’s energy production by as much as 20% creating over $100 million in extra value over the lifetime of a 100-megawatt farm. Read More…

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Number of Cellular Connected IoT/M2M Devices Will Increase Fourfold From 2014 to 2019: 451 Research, an information technology research and advisory company, has determined that cellular Internet of Things (IoT) and machine to machine (M2M) connections will increase nearly fourfold globally from 252 million in 2014 to 908 million in 2019. A monumental increase in active cellular IoT/M2M connections will be driven by a number of key factors. Read More…

July 14: 

ABI ResearchIndustrial Internet of Things Benefits to Triple the Number of Connected Industrial Control Devices from 2014 to 2020, Says ABI Research: According to ABI Research the increasing adoption of IoT within industrial settings will result in a substantial growth of the number of connected industrial devices, in particular industrial control devices like PLCs. The research firm estimates that over the period from 2014 to 2020, the number of connected industrial controllers will triple; growing at an average rate of 20%. Read More…

GE and Pitney Bowes Join Forces to Bring the Power of the Industrial Internet to the World of Commerce: GE (NYSE:GE) and Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI) today announced an alliance to develop customized asset performance management (APM) applications for Pitney Bowes and its Enterprise Business Solutions customers. All of the services will be built on and powered by Predix, GE’s software platform for the Industrial Internet. This will enable Pitney Bowes to analyze data generated from its own production mailing and shipping machines and those of its clients to provide client and productivity services, and job scheduling capabilities that improve business outcomes. Read More…

July 13: 

The New Indian ExpressThe first industrial revolution (IR) happened when we moved from farms to factories in the mid 18th century to early 19th century. The second IR took place when we started using steel and produced goods en masse from the 1850s to World War 1. The third such revolution was ushered in when we moved from analogue, mechanical and electronic technology to digital.

 

The fourth IR is the move towards digitisation; it is also referred to as Industry 4.0, a term that refers to a collection of concepts like Internet of Things, Internet of Services and cyber physical systems where sensors have the capability to collect data that can be later used by manufacturers and producers and big data analytics. Read More…

 

Seeking AlphaEric Singer’s Vertex Capital Advisors has been one of the most active activist investors over the last couple months. One of his more recent targets is Numerex (NASDAQ:NMRX), a $160 million market cap machine-to-machine solutions provider, where he’s been active since revealing a 5.6% stake in mid-June. Singer and Vertex are criticizing NMRX over its strategy and management disclosures. Vertex also is calling for the company to look into strategic opportunities. Read More…

 

 

Is ‘The IIoT’ a Real Thing, a Vague Umbrella–Or Both?

umbrellasThere is a big problem in the Industrial Internet of Things. It is very clear as I attempt to write about it. I am sure that the difficulty is even more apparent for folks trying to plan products and services for the IIoT.

The problem is focus. The salient question is simple: What is the Industrial Internet of Things?

The topic is basic and complex. The secondary questions offer a bit of context: Is the IIoT so pervasive and broad that it defies any real definition? Is it a real thing in and of itself, or just an umbrella term for technologies aimed at creating industrial-grade non-human communications meshes?

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The IIoT and Utilities: Nothing is More Important Than Security

powerThe term Internet of Things is new. The Industrial IoT is even newer. However, the issues they bring are old. On June 30th, Dark Reading posted a commentary from McAfee executive Lorie Wigle, who pointed security concerns must not be allowed to obstruct the great benefits the IIoT can bring to the industrial systems.

She is right, of course. It won’t be easy. The utilities industry is a good example of the challenges that are faced. In many cases, the network architecture in power plants was established before the plants were regionally or nationally interconnected, before the Internet was used by industry and before hacking and cracking emerged as a problem. There was no reason to segregate mission-critical data.

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Job One: Updating Existing Infrastructure

Day 2 @Ford #FordGreen #tech event @ #NAIAS

The Industrial Internet of Things is a big thing. That’s an awkward sentence, but a very true statement. Big changes, however, come with a built-in challenge: They generally aim to replace or change a technology or procedure that is firmly established.

This certainly is true of the IIoT. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ David Mount writes at the company blog that the “existing capital stock” – industrial stuff that’s been deployed, in other words – in the U.S. is worth about $6.8 trillion.

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News and Views for the Week of July 6, 2015

Here is what is happening in the world of the Industrial Internet of Things:

July 6:

qQylur to Demonstrate intelligent, IIoT-Based Solutions at NCS4 Conference: Qylur Intelligent Systems, an intelligent systems company based in Silicon Valley, announced today that the company will be demoing its solution for improved guest experience and customer service and security operations at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) Conference and Expo in Orlando from July 6-9, 2015. Read More…

RttechMatt Ferry Joins RtTech Software Team as VP, Global Sales: RtTech Software, one of the first companies to offer cloud-based industrial software apps for operational intelligence, announces today that Matt Ferry has joined their team as VP, Global Sales. In this role, Ferry will oversee business development with focus on expansion of both on premise and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms of the company’s RtDuet and RtEMIS software. Read More…

RTI Presents “Blueprint for the Industrial Internet of Things: The Architecture” Complimentary Webinar: Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity platform company, today announced it is hosting a complimentary webinar, “Blueprint for the Industrial Internet of Things: The Architecture.” Read More…

Microscan - Precision Data Acquisition & Control Solutions - Machine Vision Systems, Lighting & Auto ID

Microscan Offers Education on Steps to Prepare Factories for the Industrial Internet of Things: Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision and lighting solutions, has published an educational white paper with practical guidance about one of the most influential changes to reach the factory in over 20 years – The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The white paper, “Becoming the Factory of the Future: How to Prepare Now for the Industrial Internet of Things,” defines the critical elements of the Internet-enabled factory and provides steps for preparing industrial manufacturing operations for the next stage of device connectivity. Read More…

 

July 7:

honeywellHoneywell Spotlights Digital Transformation and Industrial Internet of Things at 40th annual Industrial Customer Conference: The 40th annual Industrial Customer Conference organised by Honeywell Process Solutions saw more than 1,200 people, representing many of the world’s leading industrial manufacturing companies, come together to celebrate the advances made in the global process automation industry. Read More…

Memex AutomationOilgear Has Provided a Follow on Order for the MERLIN Solution From Memex Automation: Astrix Networks Inc. (TSX VENTURE: OEE), operating under the trade name Memex Automation (“Memex”), is pleased to announce that Oilgear, a Milwaukee-based fluid technology provider with a focus on integrated hydraulic/electric systems, has expanded its MERLIN solution to eight of its machines. The expansion comes after a previous purchase order from Mazak, an OEM channel sales partner. Read More…

Xilinx HomeAll-Programmable MPSoC Increases Next Gen Platform Flexibility: Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) today announced it has taped out the industry’s first All Programmable Multi-Processor SoC (MPSoC) using TSMC’s 16FF+ process, targeting embedded vision, including ADAS and the path to autonomous vehicles, Industrial Internet of Things (I-IoT), and 5G wireless systems. The All Programmable Zynq® UltraScale+(TM) MPSoC enables the development of flexible, standards-based platforms by providing 5X system level performance/watt and any-to-any connectivity with the security and safety required for next generation systems. Read More…

 

July 8:

ComputerWeekly

From Cars to Cranes, Nordic Industry is Embracing the Industrial Internet of Things: The industrial internet of things (IIoT) is a much-hyped subject. But while practical applications are still few and far between, three Nordic companies are putting sensor data, smart machines and connectivity into real-word use. Read More…

July 9:

b2b5 Ways To Win $14 Trillion With The Industrial Internet Of Things: In the shift from an industrial economy to a digital economy, businesses and countries alike are targeting the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) as a means to power faster business growth and deeper expansion. According to a recent Accenture study, nearly two-thirds of executives agreed that the IIoT would enable emerging markets to leapfrog developed economies. And joining the chorus of business leaders are political leaders and policy makers, placing their bets on the IIoT to uplift their country into a new era of competitiveness. Read More…

ChiefExecutive.net | Chief Executive magazineThe Industrial Internet of Things and the Servitization of Manufacturing: A CEO Roundtable Discussion:In our information age, virtually every company generates huge amounts of data on a daily basis. In theory, we know that data can be collected, analyzed and crunched in real-time to deliver intelligence that companies can use to boost productivity, gain a competitive edge and expand their businesses. Many companies use smart, connected devices to do just that—increasing efficiency, boosting revenue and creating new business models. Read More…

July 10:

cbrTop 5 IoT Groups Fighting for Standards & Regulation: IBM, Intel, Cisco, AT&T, BT, all have something in common: the need for general understanding on connecting things. Discussions around the IoT, M2M, VR and AI on data ownership and privacy, partnerships and connectivity led the industry to come together under several different forums and consortiums. CBR lays down the main IoT bodies fighting for wide spread adoption of standards and solutions for the connected world. Reading More…

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Welcome to IIoT News. Thanks for checking it out.

The premise of The IIoT Times is simple: The Internet of Things is a massive, broad and fragmented category. If the Industrial Internet of Things is layered on top of it, the category is too immense to be covered adequately. And, though there is plenty of overlap, the IoT and the IIoT are very different animals.

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