Tag Archives: Industrial IoT

Who’s Who in IIoT?

Congratulations to the Top #Influencers and Brands in the Onalytica report describing Who’s Who in #IIoT?

I’m truly honored to be included among this distinguished group. While the Internet of Things is typically used by consumers, the Industrial Internet of Things is used for purposes such as manufacturing, supply chain orchestration, transportation and others. With IIoT, organizations are able to increase productivity while reducing costs, and many brands are reaping the benefits of adopting these solutions.

Click here to download the full report from Onalytica

Leveraging the Power of IoT to Transform Lives Around the World

On the Industrial Talk Podcast, Scott MacKenzie and I talked about applying connected solutions like IoT to solve REAL problems for communities and people around the world.

One way to take action is through the Moab Foundation, a non-profit organization working to create a more sustainable planet through the application of connected intelligence. 

Assembly Line

Digital Twins and Groups

It’s easy to think of Digital Twins as representing discrete systems & subsystems, like an industrial robot that builds a car in a factory. The reality is that physical entities like humans, machines & environmental systems don’t live in a vacuum.

They often operate in larger systems of systems with relationships & interactions with other entities. If I were to collect a number of industrial robots that work together, I might create a “group” called “assembly line.” Unfortunately, using a simple group construct would do this collection of robots a disservice. The assembly line group should actually be a digital twin itself where its telemetry, virtual, static, and command properties have defined causal relationships with all the robots that comprise this assembly line.

There’s a parent/child relationship between the assembly line twin and all the robot twins. Furthermore, there are peer relationships between all the child robots. This literally brings the assembly line to life allowing you to monitor it via your IoT platform and analytics.

Collections of assembly line digital twins can then come together to create a “composite digital twin” called a factory.

Twin Buildings

Digital Twin Models and Command Properties

In the event your IoT platform needs to work with industrial control systems where it’s necessary to send messages to trigger actuators, you’ll define one or more “command properties” in your Digital Twin model.

Actuators can typically be electric, hydraulic, pneumatic, or mechanical. You’re basically turning a control signal or command into an action on a machine. The “command properties” you define can include parameters such as names, data types, and units of measurement to assist a command and control signal in properly triggering the actuator.

For instance, an electric motor may allow you to remotely set its revolutions per minute (RPM) to control the speed. You would need to define the name of this actuation command as specified by the manufacturer of the motor. It might be “speed.” You’ll also need the data type of the value to send, which in this case might be an “integer.” Lastly, you can guess that the unit of measurement is “RPM.”

All these Digital Twin command properties defined in the model for a particular class of device are here to help your Internet of Things platform do its job to provide value.

4IR IRL: The Impending Impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution

At Ericsson’s new D-Fifteen innovation and co-creation center in Silicon Valley, panelists for the 4IR IRL discussion provided an inside look at the strategies and use cases driving innovation.

Moderated by WIRED’s Editor-in-Chief, Nick Thompson, this lively debate across multiple technology disciplines was arguably the best panel I’ve ever served on. There was never a dull moment for the audience as we painted a picture of what the 4th Industrial Revolution will look like.

Watch the video below:

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Learn Lumada IIoT In 60 Seconds

Lumada is Hitachi’s Industrial Internet of Things platform that I invented, and you’ll get a high-level view of its components and capabilities in under a minute. I’ll walk you through Assets, Edge Gateways, Core, Asset Avatars, Analytics and Studio.