Dassault Systemes Defines IoT Strategy

By Dick Slansky

Industry Trends

Sometime back I wrote a blog about the state of IoT for the PLM suppliers and the design/build/operate/maintain lifecycle. I outlined briefly the IoT/IIoT strategies of  leading PLM suppliers like Dassault Systèmes (DS), Siemens PLM, and PTC, among others. Recently I attended the DS Analyst update, and came away with some of the latest IoT strategies and directions for DS and how the PLM supplier  sees this space and what it is offering to the users, industry, and the PLM market in general.

DS has an IoT strategy at both a high level, and at levels focused on product development and manufacturing. At a high level, DS refers to this as "The Internet of Experiences" for people and businesses, and IoT enhanced industry solution experiences. DS regards IoT as an architecture of layers that starts at the lowest level of objects, devices, and products which represents the design layer, i.e., designing smart connected products. This layer is also the sensing/actuator layer where M2M is enabled. The top level of this IoT architecture is the experience layer and also the application layer. This is where the smart product, factory, city, infrastructure, energy, building, home is encountered and experienced. The architectural layers in between the design layer and the experience layer are communication, network, and platform layers which are mostly provided by the technology (H/W, S/W) suppliers. The Internet of Experience is enabled by the Analytics of Things, the Dashboard of Things, The Optimization of Things, and the Programming of Things. DS defines the IoT into three major sectors: The building blocks of technological components which includes applications, networks, platforms, and devices; the second would be the sectors that IoT serves like smart factories, cities, homes, utilities, health, etc.; and the third would be the experience itself at the individual, community, and society.

Clearly, DS is taking a very broad and extended view of IoT, and including ecosystems beyond just products, but how these smart connected products will help define IoT ecosystems for factories, plants, infrastructure, cities, houses, medical/health, grids & energy, and society in general.

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