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The (R)evolution of PLM, Part 1: Enabling Live R&D and Engineering

John McNiff, VP Solution Management, Line of Business R&D/Engineering
SAP

In Part 1 of this three-part series, we explore why manufacturers must embrace live PLM. In Part 2, well examine the new dimensions of a product-centric enterprise. And in Part 3, well look at the role of digital twins. Continue reading

Top 5 Capabilities that IoT Providers Can’t Do Without

Krish Kupathil, founder and CEO
Mobiliya

In the last five years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been a topic of great discussion, speculation, prediction and a lot of hype. The IoT market consistently grew in 2015 and 2016 and is expected to continue its growth through 2020. While the research firm Gartner has a conservative estimate projecting a growth of 20.8 billion connected by 2020, Cisco’s estimate posts a figure at a whopping 50 billion with the scope of connections including tires, roads, supermarket shelves and even cattle. While we can only wait and hope for cows to send data about how much milk they produce each day, for now we can safely say that even by conservative estimates, the IoT market projects growth of 30 percent each year. For IoT companies, this means ramping up their offerings and building a mature model or framework that brings in the maximum value to its customers with minimum disruption and risk. Continue reading

Go Green – Save Money?

Cees Links, GM of Qorvo Wireless Connectivity

There’s been a lot of talk about smart homes. The convenience, the security, the gadgets, even the health benefitslike a smart refrigerator that tracks nutrition. But can a smart home fatten your wallet at the same time that its shrinking your waistline? It’s easy to understand how being more efficient with energy usage can reduce day-to-day energy costs, but what about unexpected expenses like accidents in the home and equipment failures? Continue reading

Why Interoperability Matters to IoT

Timothy Winters, Senior Executive, Software and IP Networking
University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory

Marion Dillon, Technical Manager of Home Networking and IoT Technologies
University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory

Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the fastest growing areas in data communications. Gartner estimates the number of devices deployed to grow to 20.8 Billion by 2020 with an economic impact of 3 billion dollars in sales. This is an increase of roughly 14 billion devices over the next four years, doubling the amount of devices on the Internet today. Use cases for connecting appliances and systems to each other and the Internet are growing, driving this increase in devices. Users for IoT can be broken up into categories of Consumer, Enterprise, or Industrial, which each have different value propositions. At the core of this IoT revolution is the idea of connecting devices to make a task easier. This article will focus on the need for Interoperability on the consumer space since its a large growth area for IoT, estimating to grow from 4 billion devices today to 13 billion devices by 2020. Continue reading

Alexa – Make my Building Run Better

Varun Nagaraj, President and CEO
Sierra Monitor Corp.

One of this seasons best selling gifts is the Amazon Echo with Alexa. Plug it in and Echo / Alexa will run your house for you: turning on lights, locking / unlocking doors, catering to your family members unique climate comfort needs, and reducing your energy bill all voice activated and without any hard-core programming. If you haven’t tried it, you should. It’s cool. But if you are part of the Facility Management or Building Automation and Controls community, like I am, the Echo / Alexa will also make you and all members of our community feel old, unimaginative, and so last century. We are the dads that wear sweaters and “dad jeans”, and justify our lack of fashion sense by claiming that we are just being responsible. Continue reading

Optimizing The Smart Home For The IoT

Raoul Wijgergangs, Vice President of Z-Wave Business Unit
Sigma Designs

As the IoT grows around us, producing unimaginable amounts of data from our workplaces, public spaces, and even our body wear, it is important to remember that the home is, and always will be, the central conduit between people and the IoT world. Most of our lives are spent in our homes, and with many global populations trending senior and aging in place, this reality will only intensify for foreseeable future. Continue reading

Digital Transformation Ocean of a Difference

Tim Schweikert, President & CEO
GEs Marine Solutions

At a time when the global marine industry is impacted by market fluctuations, over supply, margin pressures and labor shortages, operators are facing increasing challenge to reduce cost and increase operation efficiency. Traditional methods have created data silos and islands of automation, making it difficult to optimize operations across a vessel or systemize across the fleet. Digital technologies such as the Industrial Internet and data analytics can offer great promise. We have all witnessed the transformation of the aviation industry, where data-driven decision is taking the lead. Just as connected planes are making headway in the air, connected ships also can deliver great potential thanks to the predictive ability which can help improve marine operations. Continue reading