By Tom Mariano, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Foliage
The Internet of Things (Io T) is considered the fourth evolution
of the Internet (the first three major developments being the
introduction of email and websites, e-commerce platforms, and
the combination of social media, video sharing, and the cloud).
The much hyped Io T describes the use of web-enabled sensors
embedded in physical objects to gather, track, and analyze data
in the cloud, then acting on that information.
At the consumer level, the poster child for the Io T is Google’s
recent $3.2 billion purchase of Nest, which makes smart thermostats
and smoke detectors that can be monitored with a mobile app. Io T
is extending its reach to the manufacturing floor as well. For manufacturers, the ability to remotely operate and gather data from their
manufacturing machinery, communicate this information through
the cloud, and achieve improvements in their operations through
analysis of this data is transforming the way they do business.
Connecting to the Industrial
Internet of Things
A proactive approach for enabling intelligent manufacturing solutions. I N D
For the first time in its brief and storied history, the Internet has more
machines and inanimate objects
talking to each other than people.
Cisco, the world’s largest provider
of Internet equipment, estimates
there are now 10 billion devices
and data-gathering sensors
connected online – with that
number expected to reach
50 billion over the next six years.