#InternetofThings IBM Weighs In #sensors #IOT #pauto #automation

Oct. 22, 2013
Whether you call it the Internet of Things, or Pervasive Sensing, or Big Data, the fact is, sensors and embedded computers are becoming commonly used in nearly everything, from toasters to control systems. 

Most ICS vendors are now offering wireless sensor offerings, and some are climbing on the IoT (Internet of Things) bandwagon. Why? I'd ask the snarky question, "Why not?" but the fact is that the technology is becoming inexpensive enough to be everywhere.

What does this mean? Well, my house has several Z-Wave (Zigbee) devices that are connected to my alarm system. I don't have alarm system wires running everywhere. Many people have these devices and don't know it.

In a plant environment, you can build more high fidelity models with more sensors feeding information to them. You can make changes in your process knowing that you actually have data, and not just guesses. You can make your plant run more productively and more profitably.

Here's the information from IBM and a wireless communication company called LIbellum:


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