The future of IoT: Two research advances from the lab

By Joe Mariani

Excerpt: Businesses need to keep pace with technology developments to stay competitive.
In today’s environment of technology-driven change, businesses have a vital need to know what the next technologies will be. The sooner a company knows what technologies are coming, the sooner it can begin to build business models and strategies to take advantage of them. New technologies can emerge from any number of sources, from the military to a student’s dorm room. But many of the cutting edge advances that will likely drive future change are also currently experiments in the labs of computer scientists. This blog will highlight two such research advances which point towards the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) and all of the industries that it touches.

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The Journey to Industry 4.0: Watch the Webinar

By Brenna Sniderman

One question I get a lot focuses on the difference between Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. “Aren’t they the same thing?” Well, they are and they aren’t. The Internet of Things is a construct by which objects are connected and made smarter. Industry 4.0 connotes the fourth Industrial Revolution, in which this interplay between digital technologies and the physical world is scaled to an industrial level to enable connected production, supply chains, business operations, and beyond. In essence, it’s a scaled up, amped up, industrialized version of the IoT—which is why Industry 4.0 is also known to some as the Industrial Internet of Things.

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The rise of complexity in digital supply networks

By Stephen Laaper

The move to digital supply networks can be daunting, especially when organizations consider how exactly to implement these solutions into their existing supply chain. With so much information and hype about digital, it can be hard for organizations to know what works for them and what might be a hidden roadblock. However, when the digital transformation is implemented correctly, it can also seamlessly enable an organization’s digital operations.

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2016: A year of advancing Internet of things (IoT) applications

By Hemnabh Varia and Monika Mahto

It’s been 15 years since the term “Internet of things” was coined by Kevin Ashton, a technologist specializing in sensors and RFID.1 Since then, various applications of IoT have evolved in industries such as automotive, healthcare and consumer goods, among others. The various technological developments in the IoT space can be explained through the information value loop (IVL), which serves as a linchpin for evaluating these advancements, and linking them in order to create value for companies as well as customers. Refer to the paper, “The more things change: Value creation, value capture, and the Internet of Things” for detailed discussion of the value loop.

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Made for each other: Semi-conductor manufacturing and the IoT

Posted by Joe Mariani

For more than 50 years, computers have been getting faster and smaller at a regular, predictable rate. This process is known as Moore’s law. In 1965 Gordon Moore noted that every year the number of components on an integrated circuit doubled, largely as a function of the shrinking size of the transistors that made up the majority of the components in those circuits.i While recent chip launches have held true to the advances predicted by Moore’s law, the cost to produce those chips is beginning to increase to a point that could threaten further advances. Perhaps ironically, the next generation of super-fast chips may actually be thanks to a growing market for chips that do not need to be particularly fast at all.
semi-conductor manufacturing

Almost since it was first coined, detractors (including Moore himself, we might add) have been predicting the demise of Moore’s law.ii Chips simply cannot go on getting faster, and transistors smaller, forever. One problem is physics. As transistors get smaller and smaller, electrons can begin quantum tunneling through the gate of a transistor, losing power like gas leaking out of the tank in your car.
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The future of additive manufacturing, now…

Posted by Preeta Banerjee

The future of additive manufacturing

Imagine a world where metal objects could be flawlessly printed on a machine, rather than cut, soldered, or molded. More interesting, imagine a world where objects embedded with electronics such as smart sensors could be printed into objects by machines that could mix different “inks” such as metals, plastics, and glass. These smart sensors could easily make learning opportunities in the physical environmenti as well as create opportunities for connected devicesii that assist us in our work and play. That future is not too far away as metal printing reaches into the future.
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Into the future: unlocking insights in advanced manufacturing to transform today’s operations

unlocking insights in advanced manufacturing to transform today’s operations
Posted by Mark Cotteleer

I can’t help but think the future of manufacturing is already here. The robots, artificial intelligence and 3D printers found only in the science fiction movies and books of my childhood are now, or at least increasingly, a reality. Not only that, it also looks like they are becoming a differentiating factor for those manufacturing companies that will take the lead. As waves of change from multiple technologies continue to impact manufacturing processes and supply chains, manufacturers must decide which of these technologies to invest in and where to deploy them in order to drive the most benefit for their organizations.
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