Friday, January 8, 2016

The IIoT, new construction and renovations - on board?

The Internet of Things has become so pervasive that, not surprisingly, sub-categories have evolved that get their own abbreviations. The Industrial Internet of Things, aka the IIoT, encompasses the idea that smart machines are more adept and accurate than people in capturing and communicating data that can disclose problems or inefficiencies in industrial systems or processes. How does that that work for manufacturing plants that have legacy standalone systems in place that monitor electrical distribution, backup power systems, HVAC, lighting, and other systems? For many facilities, it is a challenge to figure out how to incorporate building automation that includes transformative technologies such as sensors to collect and analyze data and provide sophisticated in-depth analytics. When it's time to build new or undertake a major renovation, do you foresee the biggest obstacles being technical barriers, attitudinal resistance, budgeting, or other factor?

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