Research Advances on The Internet of Things

Sept. 1, 2015
The Industrial Internet Consortium launches an asset efficiency testbed and Georgia Tech announces the founding members of its Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies.

It’s not just manufacturers’ interest in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) that continues to drive the concept further—it’s the high levels of ongoing research being conducted by industry and academia.

Recently I wrote about the predictive maintenance testbed being conducted by National Instruments and IBM with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) to prove how IIoT-related technologies and concepts are a critical and practical part of an effective predictive maintenance strategy.

Now the IIC has announced the start of its Asset Efficiency Testbed, which is designed to collect real-time asset information and run analytics to make the right decisions in terms of operations, maintenance, overhaul and asset replacement. IIC reports that Infosys, a member of the IIC, is leading this project with contribution from IIC members Bosch, Intel and PTC.

The Asset Efficiency Testbed will launch in two phases, according to the IIC. In the first phase, the testbed will be created for a moving solution, in this case, aircraft landing gear, and will focus on the integration of technologies. In the second phase, the testbed will address fixed assets, like chillers, with the goals of finalizing the architecture and opening up the interfaces.

The IIC says the Asset Efficiency Testbed will “monitor, control and optimize the assets holistically … to help determine optimal maintenance scheduling, reduce downtime, improve asset productivity, reduce capital and operational expenditures, and use energy efficiently.”

In other IIoT-related news, the founding members of the recently established Center for the Development and Application of Internet-of-Things Technologies (CDAIT) at the Georgia Institute of Technology were announced. The founding members are AirWatch, AT&T and Samsung Electronics.

Housed at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Georgia Tech Research Institute, the Center for the Development and Application of Internet-of-Things Technologies (CDAIT) is a global, non-profit, partner-funded center that fosters interdisciplinary research and education while driving general awareness about the Internet of Things. It aims at efficiently identifying, understanding and solving for its sponsors challenges and problems that may arise along the IoT value chain. CDAIT bridges sponsors with Georgia Tech faculty and researchers as well as industry members with similar interests.

“Our center will greatly benefit from having a continuous and close dialogue with premier technological companies of the caliber of AirWatch, AT&T and Samsung Electronics,” said Alain Louchez, CDAIT managing director. “With their help, we are looking forward to making significant contributions to the IoT industry.”

As an Automation World reader, you may recognize Louchez’s name, as he has been a frequent contributor of CDAIT-related IIoT and smart manufacturing-related content. Below are links to the papers he has provided to Automation World for publication: