Frankly I am very surprised that software defined networking (SDN) seems to be so quickly making inroads into the Industrial IoT (IIoT) and industrial automation in general. The speed with which this is happening gives me feelings of dizziness. Analysts are supposed to be know-it-alls (some analysts do act like this, especially ones from a […]
IIoT & I4.0 Viewpoints
During the Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources conference in Calgary in early June, I had the opportunity to participate in an interesting and informative panel discussion with two upstream oil & gas experts from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Rustom Mody, Vice President, Enterprise Technology at Baker Hughes that focused on how companies can, […]
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Rockwell Automation held its 20th annual TechED (formerly RSTechED) for a record number 2,200 end users, system integrators, distributors, partners and machine builders interested in how IIoT and The Connected Enterprise related solutions can help to, for example, optimize production data, increase yields, reduce energy costs, build secure networks, and ultimately increase revenue and profits. […]
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Note: This is the second blog of a three-part series that examines human expertise as part of digital transformation. Digitizing subject matter expertise is critical for companies that want to implement prescriptive, agile operational processes, such as maintenance. The term for doing so is called digital knowledge. Digital knowledge is the discipline of encoding human expertise […]
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It is usually not too difficult to locate the machine tool trade show halls in the typically expansive industrial exhibition complex. Just walk in the direction of that insistent whirring and earnest banging coming from machines milling, drilling, shearing and stamping metal parts. Indeed, when I recall my first visit to an international metalworking show, […]
Note: This is the first blog of a three-part series that examines subject matter expertise as part of digital transformation. Digitizing this subject matter expertise is critical for companies that want to implement prescriptive, agile operational processes, such as maintenance. The term for doing so is called digital knowledge. Digital knowledge is the discipline of encoding human […]
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The power of connected is evident everywhere. It is not just about connecting devices and sending data to the Cloud; it is about connecting the right ideas/people; resolving issues before they occur (predictive analytics); safety/cybersecurity – and improving the return on investment (ROI). I believe that this connectivity seamlessly links technologies, processes and skilled people, […]
Having just returned from the beautiful city of Calgary in Canada where I spent a couple of days attending the Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources conference, it is clear that the oil & gas industry is now more than ever open to considering new ideas, new technologies and solutions and, most importantly, working […]
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ARC attended Infosys Confluence, which took place in San Francisco the third week of May, 2017. From the opening remarks, Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka talked two major themes: digital workforce skills and artificial intelligence. In addition to the focus provided by Sikka, Infosys also touted new solutions delivered as part of their system integrator agreement […]
Industrial IoT applications depend on networks that extend to industrial assets. And network connectivity to an industrial asset is non-trivial regardless of whether the asset is on a factory floor or at a remote location. For both types of assets, network security concerns abound. Last night I listened to a podcast by a supplier (I […]
It has been challenge for small industrial operations to envision how their organization can make a digital transformation. With a factories, replete with legacy equipment that can be up to 50 years old in some instances, the case for connecting existing machinery to an Industrial IoT infrastructure to move data securely into the Cloud is often […]
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One of the key enablers of IIoT is its range and diversity of applications across many industries. So when, for example, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as part of its Saudi Vision 2030 economic diversification plan, wants to move beyond oil & gas and into areas, such as power, healthcare, and mining, IIoT and digital […]
At the recent CityNext 2017 – Automation and ICT in Smart Cities symposium in Bangalore, India, the theme was automation, information, and communication technologies that play a vital role in the development of smart city solutions. It featured next-generation technologies and solutions for the effective and efficient management of city infrastructure such as water and waste, energy, mobility, and environment. […]
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Note: This is the second blog of a two-part series examining some of the differences among advanced analytics techniques, including cognitive analytics. This post applies the examination to the example of asset failure prediction as part of an overall asset performance management (APM) strategy. If you missed it, read Part 1. I’ve stated numerous times that […]
ARC has been blogging for a few years now on how IIoT-enabled solutions can provide real business value to upstream oil & gas companies; the need for leveraging such solutions has never been greater now that operators, independent E&P firms, and other industry stakeholders struggle to operate and produce in the new “lower for longer” […]
Security for Industrial IoT presents a fundamental design challenge. On the one hand, industrial systems were not conceived with Internet connectivity in mind. On the other hand, companies are now recognizing the value of connecting to their industrial systems, often via the Internet. This raises the question: How to maintain a high level of security […]
Due to the complex, energy-intensive, and potentially hazardous and environmentally sensitive nature of most downstream petroleum refining, petrochemical, and chemical manufacturing processes and facilities, these sectors have traditionally relied upon automation and other operational technology (OT). In recent decades, much of this investment has shifted to operational risk management software applications that reside above the […]
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IoT World Innovator Spotlight: UBICQUIA, Broadband Connectivity for Cities with a Stackable Module System
Recently, I wrote about small and mid-sized cities without broadband fiber struggling in their search for a logical and cost-justifiable path towards digital transformation and becoming smart. At Lightfair and IoT World, UBICQUIA launched their UBICELL 100 smart city router. The UBICELL 100 aims to solve one of the key headwinds preventing widespread IoT network […]
Note: This is the first blog of a two-part series examining some of the differences among advanced analytics techniques. This post discusses some of the differences between cognitive analytics and single-layer algorithm analysis, discussing the example of asset failure prediction as part of an overall asset performance management (APM) strategy. What Do Cognitive Analytics Try to […]
ARC analysts attended PTC’s LiveWorx 2017 and came away with some interesting takeaways. At LiveWorx a year ago, PTC was focusing on designing the smart connected product, while introducing the use of augmented reality (Vuforia) to create a digital thread between the physical product and the virtual design (CREO). Thingworx was presented as a platform […]