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What is Industrial IoT?

The Industrial Internet of Things(IIoT) The application of  IoT to the manufacturing industry is called the Industrial IoT (IIoT) or Industrial Internet. The driving philosophy behind the IIoT is that smart machines are better than humans at accurately, consistently capturing and communicating data. The IIoT is transforming the industry — changing the way industries work. Whether it’s enabling predictive analytics to detect corrosion inside a refinery pipe, or providing real-time production data to uncover additional capacity in a plant or driving visibility and control over your industrial control systems environment to prevent cyber-attacks, the IIoT—and the software solutions powered by it—are driving powerful business outcomes. In short, IIoT is the use of IoT technologies for industrial purposes – from gas pumps to HVAC systems to machinery on the factory floor. Benefits of Industrial IoT By using Industrial IoT business leaders can get a full and accurate vie

IoT-enabled predictive maintenance

What is Predictive Maintenance? Predictive Maintenance is proactively figuring out when an asset should be maintained based on its actual state, rather than on a fixed schedule. The Need for Predictive Maintenance Unplanned Outages Unplanned equipment downtime can mean big losses in revenues and productivity. For example, some of the leading automotive manufacturers estimate that unplanned downtime can cost them as much as $15,000 – $20,000 per minute and a single downtime event can cost approximately $2 million. Unnecessary work Performing preventative maintenance regardless of the condition can lead to unnecessary costs and delay. Fundamentally Reactive Limited to no analytic modeling capabilities to prevent and predict issues before they impact. How can IoT-enabled predictive maintenance transform your business? In Virginia last year, an airplane was grounded by an unlikely adversary: a large swarm of bees. The peculiar story made for great newspa

Hardware for Internet of Things

This article enlists 10 of the most commonly used hardware boards for developing IOT projects and their benefits along with other most significant technical details so it can be helpful for you to decide what hardware platform is the right choice for your next IOT project. So here we go, let’s get started with our list of top 10 hardware platforms for Internet of Things . 1. Raspberry Pi With it's model A,B,Zero and Compute module Raspberry Pi is at the top of our list of hardware platforms to be used when developing Internet of Things projects. Here are the reasons why you should choose Raspberry Pi        Cheap Raspberry Pi Zero start just at $5, whereas other models like the Raspberry Pi  3 Model B+ is available for $35       Broadcom System on Chip runs arm processor and Linux OS       GPIO general purpose input/output pins make it easy to interact with sensors and actuators        Gen 3 boards come with onboard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi making it eas

Smart clothing – future of IoT wearables?

Wearable IoT technology is a hot topic and it is not just limited to smartwatches and fitness trackers. We’re also seeing something new – wearables as fashion, in the form of apparel, shoes, and other accessories. Wearables as we know them are on the verge of becoming more truly “wearable” than ever before as they become invisibly stitched into our everyday wardrobe. As fashion designers and mainstream clothing brands begin seeing the value of making their garments smart, we’re entering the next evolution of fashion technology: connected clothing. Smart clothing and wearables have hit the streets, and more ideas are being explored every day. Some of the use cases are given below: Redefining fashion with RFID -NFC Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, a specified protocol within RFID which gives a unique, non-transferrable identity to each item, enabling brands to deliver value-added services that help drive revenue growth and loyalty, while also gathering customer in

What are the benefits of combining the blockchain with IoT?

Blockchain, a form of Distributed Ledger Technology, transfers digital information in such a way as to eliminate the chances of data being copied or replicated in any way. Originally this technology was devised for the rapidly growing online digital currency known as the Bitcoin. Its ability to have no physical form and limitation to only network-based processing makes it a revolutionary technology for all kinds of financial transactional apps and methods on the web, making them highly secure. Recognizing this potential of the blockchain, technology gurus worldwide are now doing efforts to utilize its abilities for other sectors as well, namely, for the connected IoT apps and devices. The following paragraphs will describe the important relationship between IoT and Blockchain. An IoT platform enables IoT devices to send data to blockchain ledgers for inclusion in shared transactions with tamper-resistant records. By using IoT in blockchain all participants in a network

Which are the communication protocols used for IOT?

One of the essential factors of the IoT are communication protocols. One of the key aspects of the IoT is the communication between devices and it will be provided with communication protocols. The following paragraphs will provide a brief overview about each of the Internet of Things communication techniques. 6LoWPAN 6LoWPAN that is a IP based communication protocol is an acronym of IPv6 over Low Power Wireless Personal Area Network. 6LoWPAN, therefore, allows for the smallest devices with limited processing ability to transmit information wirelessly using an internet protocol. The most important detail of 6LoWPAN is IPv6. IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) is a 128-bit internet protocol developed due to inability of 32-bit IPv4 in addressing. While IPv6 developed, rapid increase of the number of connected devices has been considered. MQTT (Message Queue Telemetry Transport) It was created about 15 years back for monitoring remote sensor nodes and is designed to co

How is IoT redefining fleet management?

The power of the IoT is being harnessed in every possible way to make the world more connected. This interconnectivity enables us to control every connected object despite being miles away. Just think how smart home apps enable you to control the thermostat from your mobile device. And it continues to expand into new areas like healthcare, retail, agriculture, security, disaster management etc. Fleet management is just the latest industry to be transformed, connecting vehicles and drivers like never before. In logistics, the supply chain is made up of various stakeholders including manufacturers, transport companies, and retailers. Information sharing and connectivity is essential for all of them. Therefore, IoT has an important role to play in this industry. Internet of Things in fleet management currently works through 3 main technologies – RFID, GPS and OBD II’s. RFID helps control and track products while GPS and OBD II’s make it possible to obtain real-time information on

How safe is the IoT?

This is the era of the Internet of Things ( IoT ), where digitally connected devices are intruding on every aspect of our lives, including our homes, offices, cars and even our bodies.  IoT is growing at a dangerously fast pace, that by 2020, the number of active wireless connected devices will exceed 40 billion . Yet along with the many social, economical and environmental benefits, everyday vulnerabilities in IoT are being exploited with malicious intent. More connected devices mean more attack vectors and more possibilities for hackers to target us. Researchers found that vulnerabilities in monitoring systems like baby monitoring , pet monitoring etc could be leveraged by hackers, including monitoring live feeds, changing camera settings and authorizing other users to remotely view and control the monitor. In another study, it was proven that hackers could carry out any number of malicious activities in Internet-connected cars . It includes taking control of the e

How is Big Data Analysis and Internet of Things (IoT) related?

The Internet of Things (IoT), known as the third wave of internet, is on its way to becoming the next technological revolution. According to Gartner, revenue generated from IoT products and services will exceed $300 billion in 2020, and that probably is just the tip of the iceberg. Once internet of things gets started in real world , we are supposed to receive data from all directions-from freezer, from toaster , from courier services, from power stations. We will start receiving a huge amount of data a.k.a Big Data . Days are gone when we were getting few MBs of data, in near future Bb( Brontobyte ) is going to be the case for sensor data measurement. Now, here comes the Big Data Analysis in the picture. Big data and IoT are harnessing data and converting regular day to day interactions into transformative consumer experiences. The impact of Big Data will force companies to quickly upgrade their current processes, tools, and technology to accommodate massive data v

What are the best examples of the 'Internet of Things'?

The Internet of Things is changing everything and is being used in just about everything you can think of, from deeply geeky applications such as industrial sensors to frivolous gimmicks like Wi-Fi enabled toothbrushes. The following picture shows the taxonomy of IoT use cases. Let us look at each use cases in detail: 1.    Wearables Wearable technology is a hallmark of the Internet of Things. Wearables are devices that are with you. They range from pills you might swallow, a Fitbit, a watch, to your mobile phone. Fitness wearables - Elite athletes and professional sports franchises are using IoT, Fitbit , IoT can track your pet’s location and health.  Medical wearables: devices monitoring blood pressure and heart rate, smart pills Facial Recognition with real-life analytics and interactions 2.    Smart Homes These use cases try to monitor and improve your home giving you peace of mind, comfort, and efficiency. Homes, offices, and lodging: Connecte