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Brace Yourself—Here Comes Another IoT Platform

IoT Platforms are all the rage. All God’s children need a platform, it seems. Most larger companies have a platform. Oh, and all promise it’s “open” to everyone’s connections. Then there is open source—check out Dell, the Linux Foundation, and others who have developed the EdgeX Foundry. Now we have an Asian developed one—mostly Japanese […]

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Data, Devices, Visualization Headline Iconics User Event

Gathering data, visualization on many devices and screens, and connecting with standards including OPC UA and BACnet attracted a crowd of developers and users to the Iconics World Wide Customer Conference this week in Providence, RI. “Connected Intelligence is our theme at this year’s summit and it has a dual meaning for us,” said Russ […]

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The Future of Farming with Internet of Things

We need to feed an ever increasing global population. One major problem concerns loss of good farmland to urban development. AeroFarms is an agriculture start up leveraging the latest of ag science along with technologies such as Internet of Things with Dell Technologies IoT platform to help solve a big problem. The company president presented […]

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People Are The Key to Digital Transformation According to Emerson

The era of improving plant performance and profitability through efficiency—that is by cutting costs—is over. So stated Emerson Automation Solutions executive president Mike Train while kicking off the 2017 edition of Emerson Global Users Exchange in Minneapolis. “The past 30 years have brought us fantastic advances in the manufacturing sector, including greater operating efficiencies enabled […]

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Wireless Sensor Network Success Story

Remember the wireless sensor network “wars” from ten years ago, or so? Harry Sim left Honeywell Process to head up a new endeavor of Cypress Semiconductor to exploit these networks in a variety of different environments. I told him at the time that I thought he had a good chance for success. Yesterday he wrote […]

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Standards Drive Productivity

This article appeared in TechCrunch. It’s pretty IT oriented, but the thoughts are relevant for the OT world, too. The author, Ron Miller, reported that Amazon’s AWS move to join an industry standard on a technology known as containers signals the importance of standards. Get Smart: Standards develop in a number of ways. Not all […]

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Industrial Control System Secure By Design

Inductive Automation included a number of partner companies in its Ignition Community Conference last week in Folsom, CA. Among these companies was Bedrock Automation. I’ve written about Bedrock before a few times. This trip I was looking at its display when its CEO in disguise appeared. Why it matters: Cyber security is at the top […]

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