Internet of Things Intersection
Where the Smart Connected Factories and Sensor Platforms Meet
Connecting factory facilities, machines, and equipment to a wireless sensor platform can put you on a path to automation and transformative value from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This is what Monnit Founder and CEO Brad Walters wants today’s builders and managers of smart, connected factories to achieve.
His article in the March 2022 edition of Sensor Technology magazine will help you know how to make factory data flourish to predict machinery downtime, increase operational efficiencies, boost the bottom line, and reap the benefits of the latest industrial revolution.
Read on to find out what Walters says are the ideal components of a factory sensor platform and why data from the IIoT is the currency of the smart, connected factory.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) continues to push the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, aka Industry 4.0. This industrial era features embedded automation technologies and powerful wireless sensors that drive manufacturing and production in smart connected factories.
Trending Toward More Automation
Many IIoT devices in smart factory autonomous systems combine with artificial intelligence (AI), mobile edge computing (MEC) infrastructure, cameras, control systems, computer vision, augmented reality (AR), robotics, and machine learning (ML) for real-time, interactive data communication. These innovative automation technologies are continually evolving from “science fiction” to large-scale commercial adoption.
As this era of digital transformation moves on, we increasingly see robotics fueled by the IoT, AI, ML, and more innovations in smart connected factories. We’re in an extraordinary age of connectivity, interoperability, and automation well beyond simple machine-to-machine (M2M) interaction. IoT data from a diverse platform of wireless sensing solutions can transform connected factory operations.
IoT Cellular Network News
Another Door Closes on 3G. Sprint’s Next.
Sprint is shutting down its older 3G (CDMA) network on March 31, 2022. You can’t run your IoT sensor network on an ALTA 3G Gateway after that date.*
With Sprint being part of T-Mobile and their combined focus on T-Mobile’s 5G network, the now legacy Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology is on its way out. T-Mobile is notifying customers that they must upgrade to at least a 4G LTE-enabled device before its 3G network sunsets at the end of the month.
Connect to a 4G LTE cellular network with our new ALTA® IoT Gateway. With its 4G LTE M1/NB2 cellular platform, the ALTA IoT Gateway ensures your ALTA Wireless Sensors stay connected to the Internet where cellular network connectivity is available.
*Applies only to ALTA 3G Cellular Gateways in the United States. 3G gateways deployed internationally are not affected.
Vertical Market Focus
Optimize Convenience Store Operations with the IoT
Convenience stores face many challenges in providing an ideal fast-shopper experience, running efficiently, and staying competitive. With the limited space and time c-store owners have to win customer wallets, equipment must work seamlessly to keep food fresh, safe, and appealing to eat.
Plus, how c-store facilities and equipment function can be as important as how they look inside and out, putting facility and property management staff in the spotlight. Whether in the c-store or not, remote monitoring using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies can keep you focused on essential functions like reach-in cooler and freezer temperatures and plumbing and equipment performance 24/7.
Learn how a popular convenience store chain franchisee reduces operational and capital costs by preventing spoiled food and drinks. They did it with data from a wide variety of fast-install IoT sensors and meters.
What People Are Saying About the IoT
Greg Cudahy, the global technology, media and entertainment, and telecoms leader at Ernst & Young (EY), says businesses need rapid data connectivity, artificial intelligence (AI), and edge computing to realize the full value of IoT data.
By leading a team of more than 45,000 professionals worldwide, he has valuable insights into the importance of making real-time decisions at the edge of an enterprise. Read the beginning of his article or click a link to the full article below.
These are challenging times as the world wrestles with massive issues ranging from the long tail of the Covid-19 pandemic to the realities of climate change. From government finances to food supplies, vital societal systems are under strain almost everywhere. But there’s one thing we have plenty of: data, which is flowing across businesses and societies ever faster and in ever greater volumes.
The figures speak for themselves. According to IDC, the amount of data created or replicated globally reached billions of megabytes in 2020. But if you think that’s a lot, think again. The world is still only in the foothills of the growth curve — with data volumes forecast to keep expanding exponentially, almost trebling to about 180 zettabytes by 2025.
Sensors, Sensors, and More Sensors
The main driver? You’ve probably guessed it already: the Internet of Things (IoT). Even if we exclude video surveillance — a huge driver of data volumes — IoT is set to be the fastest-growing data segment globally, with an estimated compound annual growth rate of 47% by 2025. As a result, the volume of digital information generated over that five-year period alone will be more than double the amount created in the seven decades since digital storage was invented.