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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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It Is All About Maintaining the Efficient Plant

Efficiency—running a plant with maximum planned output, minimum waste, and best use of people and assets. A friend has refreshed and refocused his magazine on those concepts. Efficient Plant is the new generation of Maintenance Technology magazine. It includes the best of what they have done for years and upgraded to reflect advances in control, […]

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OPC UA Popular at Iconics Customer Conference

Iconics has been a long-time supporter of OPC Foundation and an early adopter of OPC UA. President Russ Agrusa has seen the power and benefits of OPC as an information model for open interchange of data among industrial automation devices. Thomas Burke, president of the OPC Foundation presented a keynote on the technology and benefits […]

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Dell Places $1 Billion Bet on Internet of Things

While at the Dell IQT kick off event in New York last month, I learned more about the breadth of Dell’s thinking about the Internet of Things. It began with morphing embedded computer as a gateway (with memory and processing power and multiple connections)., Added partnerships. Added platform (EdgeX Foundry). But that hardly seemed like […]

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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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Testbeds provide real-world IIoT deliverables

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has published the first results of its testbed program. A major focus and activity of the IIC and its members, testbeds provide platforms for IIC member organizations to think through innovations, test new applications, processes, products, services and business models to ascertain their usefulness and viability before taking them to […]

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GE “All In” on Digital Strategy

GE Digital continues to build out its platform and ecosystem of applications while new GE CEO John Flannery confirmed his commitment to the digitalization strategy begun under his predecessor. The sixth Minds + Machines conference featured about 90% growth in attendance from last year. Begun five years ago not long after the company began assembling […]

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Industrial IoT Analytics Framework Technical Report

Just when I was saying last week that the The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) had been very busy, I interviewed Eric and Wael about this newly published the IIC Industrial IoT Analytics Framework Technical Report (IIAF). It is the first IoT-industry technical document to include a complete set of instructions that IIoT system architects and […]

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Infrastructure-as-a-Service Simplifies and Accelerates Network Deployments

Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Remember several years ago when Amazon started selling space and time on its servers? And people thought they were crazy. Is this a business? Well, as the old vaudeville comedian and TV pioneer Jimmy Durante used to say, “Everybody wants to get into the act.” We have lots of “–as-a-service” things going on over […]

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