The future of factories in an IoT-driven world: Budget and data challenges and opportunities

The Internet of Things (IoT), as an acronym, can potentially have a double meaning. Naturally, while the term came to pass and be accepted to describe the process of connecting sensors in physical objects to wireless networks, the industry continues to get to grips with the coming together of information technology and operational technology. So not so much IoT - perhaps more IT/OT.

Nowhere is this IT and OT fusion more pronounced than in a factory setting. An engaging panel debate at

By James Bourne, 20 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Why smart machines are the future of manufacturing

  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) presents integration architecture challenges that once solved can enable use cases that deliver fast-growing revenue opportunities
  • ISA-95 addressed the rise of global production and distributed supply chains yet are still deficient on the issue of data and security, specifically the proliferation of IIoT sensors, which are the real security perimeter of any manufacturing business
  • Finding new ways to excel at predictive maintenance, and cross-vendor shop floor integration are the most promising applications
  • IIoT manufacturing systems are...

By Louis Columbus, 20 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, Manufacturing.

Sak Nayagam, BHGE: On the Industrial Internet of Things and changing energy demands

Sak Nayagam, head of alliances and channels for digital oil and gas at Baker Hughes, A GE company (BHGE), has spent the vast majority of his career thinking about the interlocking of digital and technology and how it can enable a cleaner energy future. The future, he tells IoT News, is an exciting one – but there are plenty of complex areas to navigate first.

By James Bourne, 14 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, Oil & Gas, Smart Cities.

Seven things you need to know about IIoT in manufacturing – and its powerful influence

  • Global spending on IIoT platforms for manufacturing is predicted to grow from $1.67 billion in 2018 to $12.44bn in 2024, attaining a 40% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in seven years
  • IIoT platforms are beginning to replace MES and related applications, including production maintenance, quality, and inventory management, which are a mix of information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) technologies
  • Connected IoT technologies are enabling a new era of smart, connected products that often expand on the long-proven platforms of everyday products.

By Louis Columbus, 10 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

Sony's debut IoT chip features a 60-mile range using Eltres

Sony is debuting an IoT chip that can work in fast-moving vehicles with an impressive 60-mile range, perfect for the industry of which Jeff Bezos is so excited.

The chip will use Sony’s Eltres LPWA (Low-Power Wide Area) network announced last week. Launching in Japan this year, Eltres uses microchips in tandem with antennas to relay a signal to a base station which can be over 60 miles (100 km) away.

In an example provided by...

By Ryan Daws, 03 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Why Industry 4.0's potential needs to be proven on the shop floor

  • 99% of mid-market manufacturing executives are familiar with Industry 4.0, yet only 5% are currently implementing or have implemented an Industry 4.0 strategy
  • Investing in upgrading existing machinery, replacing fully depreciated machines with next-generation smart, connected production equipment, and adopting real-time monitoring including Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) are manufacturers’ top three priorities based on interviews with them
  • Mid-market manufacturers getting the most value out of Industry 4.0 excel at orchestrating a variety of technologies to find new ways...

By Louis Columbus, 31 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

India’s new government plans IoT and AI workforce reskilling

India’s new government plans workforce reskilling in areas like the IoT and AI to become a world leader in emerging technologies.

The government plans to expand its ‘Skill India’ initiative with dedicated policies which ensure the nation’s youth can grasp important new technologies.

“Reskilling and upskilling is big on the incoming government's agenda,” a senior government official

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

IoT attacks could put a £1bn hole in the UK economy

Research from Irdeto suggests IoT attacks may cost the UK economy over £1 billion per year due to lax security measures.

UK organisations in critical industries such as healthcare, transport, and manufacturing were polled by the Dutch security vendor. Irdeto found attacks on IoT equipment caused £244,000 in losses on average.

Steeve Huin, VP at Irdeto, said:

“Insecure IoT devices and companion apps are essentially low-hanging fruit for cybercriminals, who are increasingly...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Enterprises need to assess their IoT footprint, argues Zscaler

San Jose-based IT security firm Zscaler’s latest study has found that more than a thousand organisations around the world have more than one IoT device transferring data from the network to the internet through the company’s proprietary cloud platform.

The study, titled “IoT in the Enterprise: An Analysis of Traffic and Threats” and which analysed 56 million IoT device transactions to explore the...

By IoT News, 24 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, Security.

‘Hank’ aspires to be the world’s most dexterous robot

A robot developed by Cambridge Consultants called Hank aims to be the world’s most dexterous robot with humanlike mobility.

Hank features pneumatic fingers that are flexible and contain a ‘pioneering’ sensor to provide a sense of touch and grip. Using the sensor, Hank is able to hold and grip even the most delicate objects.

The inability to emulate the human touch has been a key reason behind the lack of robot adoption in areas like manufacturing line picking and agriculture.

Bruce Ackman,...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

Topaz Energy and Marine team up with Baker Hughes for IoT-enabled vessel maintenance

Dubai-based marine logistics firm Topaz Energy and Marine has placed an order and signed a long-term contract with GE-owned oil company Baker Hughes to deploy the latter’s lubricant condition monitoring system, VitalyX, in order to enhance the maintenance and field time of every vessel in Topaz’s fleet.

The VitalyX system, which is a mix of IoT and latest sensors with condition monitoring software, generates...

By IoT News, 13 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT.

UK gov announce laws to protect IoT devices from cyberattacks

The UK government has announced plans for new laws which aim to protect IoT devices from cyberattacks.

Digital Minister Margot James unveiled the measures today in a bid to slow the huge growth in attacks targeting connected devices.

In a press release, James wrote:

“Many consumer products that are connected to the internet are often found to be insecure, putting consumers privacy and security at risk. Our...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Honeywell on how the IoT is elevating the digital worker

Honeywell Connected Plant GM Vincent Higgins used a session at this year’s IoT Tech Expo in London to discuss how the IoT is elevating the workforce.

The session, titled ‘People at the core of the Internet of Things’, provided a first-hand account of how modern technologies are improving the lives and efficiency of workers.

Regular training is required to retain information and learn new advancements. Few people enjoy it, especially when it requires travelling to...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Wearables.

Predictive maintenance: How a small team of AI scientists can change the world

The confluence of emerging technologies - and their impact in concert - is becoming ever-more pronounced. Edge computing has previously been something of an unsung hero - but for the Internet of Things (IoT), and more specifically predictive maintenance, it is increasingly key.

Take driverless cars as an example. Mike Fay, business development manager at Dell Techologies' IoT and embedded computing group, notes it is an edge device in itself. "You have to do it at such a pace to get it to almost...

By James Bourne, 26 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

The IoT is being hindered by full-time cybersecurity talent shortage

A report from Experis claims that IoT development is being hindered by companies failing to hire full-time cybersecurity talent.

In the latest Industry Insiders report, Experis highlights the growth in cybersecurity vacancies posted in Q4 2018. 13,214 related jobs were advertised in the quarter – representing a 10 percent year-on-year increase, and 16.6 percent over the previous quarter.

Despite this increasing demand, the average salary has for...

By Ryan Daws, 25 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Siemens brings low-code platform Mendix to MindSphere in enterprise IoT play

Siemens has announced the availability of Mendix, its low-code enterprise app development platform, on MindSphere, an open IoT operating system from Siemens that offers developers with open APIs.

The move will aim to offer the essential support which is needed to easily test, build and deliver MindSphere applications. The Mendix for MindSphere integrated solution will play an important role in accelerating the time-to-value for...

By IoT News, 16 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Denmark is the latest country to receive nationwide IoT

Denmark has been covered with IoT connectivity thanks to a partnership between telecoms firm Teracom and LoRaWAN specialists Loriot.

The partners aim to enable IoT applications spanning a range of sectors including smart metering, smart farming, smart building, and smart city applications.

Martin Lobel, CEO of Teracom, said:

“The interest for IoT solutions and the demand for Internet-of-things connectivity is growing dramatically in Denmark. Teracom is fully committed to providing...

By Ryan Daws, 11 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities.

UK launches ‘centre of excellence’ for IoT cybersecurity

A dedicated ‘centre of excellence’ for developing and promoting IoT cybersecurity standards has been launched in the UK.

The so-called PETRAS (privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security) National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity aims to establish the UK as a leader in the field.

Professor Jeremy Watson CBE FREng, PETRAS Director & Professor of Engineering Systems at UCL STEaPP, said:

“The centre’s ultimate aim is, by...

By Ryan Daws, 04 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IIoT, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Standards.

NetComm launches new Industrial IoT router supporting medium bandwidth applications

Australian telecom equipment provider NetComm has introduced its new 4G LTE Category 1 IIoT Router (NTC-220) that promises a reliable, and secure medium bandwidth connectivity via LTE networks.

The launch of medium bandwidth IIoT connectivity through NTC-220 will allow deployment of IIoT applications in the market at an unprecedented rate. Moreover, the use of LTE Category 1 technology in the NTC-220 will also provide nearby network...

By IoT News, 15 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.