The Connected Machine: Defining ‘The Internet of Things’ for industrial automation

The Connected Machine: Defining ‘The Internet of Things’ for industrial automation

Sponsored by B&R Automation

Today, everyone is talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) but what is it really and what impact does it have on industrial automation?

In the consumer Internet of Things, the phone company now lets you turn your home’s lights on and off from your mobile device, change the thermostat, and lock or unlock your doors -- connecting what previously were manual devices that could only be operated locally.  Simply stated, IoT identifies and represents unique intelligent devices over the Internet. But we already identify and represent unique devices in industrial automation.   It may or may not be over the Internet and it may not be every device on a machine, but in general, industrial automation is ahead of consumer technology adoption – for once – in what is really just distributed intelligence based on standards.  

This paper seeks to help you separate the hype from the practical and to identify existing industrial IoT functionalities.

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