PLCs & PACs

PLCs and DCS to become obsolete when safety moves to the cloud

By Mike Bacidore, chief editor, Control Design

Feb 19, 2016

CG1602 CloudComputingOur sister publication's Editor in Chief Mike Bacidore says industrial network—operations technology (OT)—is converging with the enterprise network—information technology (IT)—so data analytics can be performed in the cloud. This will enable machine control decisions to be made, based on that cloud analysis, and then communicated to the intelligence in edge devices such as drives and sensors.

Bacidore says cognitive computing in the cloud is smarter than you might think and it is just a matter of time before safety becomes a cloud function and there’s no longer a need for PLCs or a DCS at all.

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