The technology to implement a smart network of sensor data that gives an instant sense of an industrial machine's or system's well-being is available. With this technology, you can even project the cost savings in anticipating breakdowns, forgoing not-needed maintenance, not requiring folks just-in-case, and boosting the efficiency of operations. So, why is it being hyped so much, but not happening?
It's really simple. The relevant standards are not agreed upon as yet and therefore it is a market that is being teed up, but waiting for a “go” signal. Sure, there are obstacles such as data security, but the breaches of bank, government, and supposedly safe corporate information have not stopped those systems from being implemented. Nor will it stop the IIOT (Industrial Internet of Things) from becoming a reality. The reason is that the coming market is too lucrative to forgo. IIOT will ultimately determine the leaders of industrial systems for many years into the future.
At Data Translation, our business has, for many years, been tied to the PC and Windows. But, that model won't work in this new market. We'll need to embrace low cost, low power processing using ARM or equivalent processors running embedded Linux, which gives several advantages. For one thing, the user is free to customize to his needs using open-source Linux. The added integrity of this approach has been proven in other systems. The full computer system including all the I/O with Linux drivers is contained on a small board that can be connected via the Internet to other users or the cloud.
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