The Industrial Internet of Things
The Internet of Things consists of a network of different machines and devices that allow for a flow and collection of data without the need for human intervention. These connections are established through sensors and embedded processors that enable the automation of tasks. These sensors and processors are able to collect, transmit, and act on data via WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular methods between objects. Devices communicate with other related devices and perform in a synchronized, precise nature in reaction to the physical environment. These devices include smart home appliances such as Nest products that are able monitor and learn efficient ways to heat homes. Nest thermostats are able to keep records of users’ actions and create an appropriate routine based on the data it collects, as well as sense when the user is at home or out.
Overtime, the amount of data that will be collected through smart devices will be abundant. It is interesting to think about how the acquisition of data seems to be going at an exponential pace, however the ability to manage all of this data remains to be a challenge. Society is on the cusp of its next industrial revolution through a digital transformation, but does it have the capacity to manage this transformation effectively?