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Walmart Gets Bold About Blockchain

Jan. 31, 2019
The retailer is mandating some suppliers onboard to IBM’s Food Trust platform as the need for fast and transparent traceability across the supply chain increases.
Siemens’ plant for industrial controls in Amberg, Germany, is considered to be the company’s most state-of-the-art plant worldwide. An effective protection against cyber intruders is a must.

Cyber Trust and the Success of a Digital Economy

Dec. 14, 2018
Smart manufacturing has no future if customers cannot trust that it is secure. Charter of Trust members explain how establishing that trust is vital to the growth of digitalization...
'The genie is out of the bottle on open source. There’s no going back to the proprietary model.' —Andy Stanford-Clark, IBM CTO and co-inventor of MQTT.

Open Source Software Is Changing Automation

Sept. 27, 2018
Panel shares insights on how the growing complexity of software applications and end user demands are driving industrial automation toward an open source future.
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On the Edge of Industrial IoT

Oct. 19, 2017
With a series of moves including incorporation of Node-RED for IoT app development, application of MQTT for data collection and transfer, and embedded edge technology partnerships...
Graphics depicts how MindSphere connects and enables ongoing analysis of data for optimization. Source: Siemens

Siemens Expands MindSphere with Watson

Feb. 21, 2017
Since its announcement last spring, Siemens has been busy deploying and adding capabilities to its cloud-based Internet of Things operating system.
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The Sensor to Cloud Connection

June 9, 2016
A new partnership between SAP and Hilscher highlights the push for enterprise applications to leverage increasing levels of plant floor data for Internet of Things initiatives...
Pre-Internet assets like wind turbines gain the connectivity of newer products. Source: Opto 22

Connecting Legacy Systems to the Internet of Things

April 19, 2016
Millions of pre-Internet assets continue to provide value, but lack the connectivity of newer products. With the right technology, this equipment can be brought up to date to ...
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Will Controllers Become Part of Edge Nodes?

March 8, 2016
From Ethernet-enabled sensors to mobile HMIs, long-standing automation devices are changing rapidly with Internet of Things-related technology advances. Are controllers—once the...
Illustration highlights the areas in which netIOT plays a role in IIoT applications. Source: Hilscher.

Internet of Things Field Device Upgrades

Feb. 9, 2016
Hilscher marks the announcement of its Industrial Internet of Things strategy with the release of a family of “Industrial Cloud Communications” products and an IBM partnership...
A simplified sketch of the structure of the NI/IBM PM/CM Testbed with the Industrial Internet Consortium.

Predictive Maintenance Testbed

Aug. 13, 2015
National Instruments and IBM are currently conducting a detailed predictive maintenance testbed with the Industrial Internet Consortium to determine specific best practices.

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IT-OT Convergence Has Always Been The Path Forward

May 14, 2022
Long before Industry 4.0 and cloud-connected architectures became possible, innovators championed PC-based technologies for industrial automation.
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Why the MQTT Protocol is So Popular

This first installment in a four-part series on key industrial network technologies explains how an ultra lightweight data transfer protocol became a widely used data gathering...
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IIoT Retrofits for Legacy Equipment

If you’re like most manufacturers, you’re not operating a greenfield site with the latest internet-ready equipment. However, you’re likely facing numerous digitalization initiatives...
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Bringing Artificial Intelligence to Remote Access

Sept. 16, 2021
A new collaboration between IBM and Black and Veatch will help end-users to more effectively sort through the large volumes of data gathered via remote monitoring technology.
The use of remote access technology to aggregate manufacturing intelligence for use by plant managers and corporate executives is expected to grow in the years to come.

Remote Access Grows Even as Cybersecurity Fears Surge

Sept. 16, 2021
Economic uncertainty and the quest for efficiency are driving the adoption of remote access technology across industry, even as growing concerns surrounding cybersecurity have...

When Artificial Intelligence Comes to Control

Applications of machine learning and other forms of artificial intelligence have been recognized in robotics and analytics. Now the technology is adding some spice to basic control...

The Machine-To-Machine Marketplace

June 16, 2021
The convergence of technologies—especially Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and blockchain—is setting the stage for a new “machine economy” where self-sufficient systems...
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5 Things to Consider About Your Plant Floor Data and IIoT

May 19, 2021
From getting data to the cloud to machine learning and analytics, there are some key aspects of the Industrial Internet of Things that should not be overlooked.
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Blockchain’s Role in Factory Automation

The distributed ledger technology is being tapped to foster trust and build transparency into extended supply chains and to facilitate mass customization.
Cognitive Capabilities for Critical Data

Cognitive Capabilities for Critical Data

June 2, 2016
IBM and Cisco combine Watson Internet of Things technology with streaming edge analytics to offer immediate insight into operations.

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A Remote Road to Stellar Asset Management

A Remote Road to Stellar Asset Management

Many manufacturers have embarked upon a quest for better asset utilization by asking their equipment and automation vendors for help monitoring, maintaining and managing their...
As the plant floor becomes more connected, so do abnormal situations—which can originate from anywhere in the enterprise. To help operators navigate this new universe of anomalies, suppliers are turning to artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies that enable proactive situational awareness vs. reactive alarm management.

Taking Abnormal Situation Management to the Outer Limits

Jan. 18, 2016
As the plant floor becomes more connected, so do abnormal situations—which can originate from anywhere in the enterprise. To help operators navigate this new universe of anomalies...
Like it or not, employees are using personal smartphones and tablets on the company network. An Automation World survey gauges the risks, the rewards and the security measures that must be in place to make sure BYOD is both successful and safe.

Bring Your Keys, Your Coffee Cup and Your Own Device

Sept. 9, 2015
Like it or not, employees are using personal smartphones and tablets on the company network. An Automation World survey gauges the risks, the rewards and the security measures...
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The Internet of Things and the Importance of Modeling and Simulation

A look at why modeling and simulation capabilities are becoming an indispensable element of the Internet of Things toolbox.
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Fluke to Add Asset Management

May 13, 2015
The test and measurement company is bringing cloud-based asset monitoring software into its portfolio, signaling a new era in industrial equipment maintenance management.
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Alliance to Foster Internet of Things Interoperability

March 3, 2015
The Open Interconnect Consortium and the Industrial Internet Consortium have reached an agreement focusing on the interoperability technology to support an industrial grade Internet...
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A Standard for the Internet of Things?

Nov. 6, 2014
Efforts in the U.K. to create an interoperability standard for the Internet of Things gets big backing from ARM, IBM, Intel, and VeriSign, among many others. But can it deliver...
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From Smart Manufacturing to Manufacturing Smart

Why manufacturing is a core enabler of the Internet of Things.
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IBM Extends Run of Moore’s Law

Oct. 30, 2012
Research on the use of carbon nanotubes leads to ability to place 10,000 transistors on a chip.