October 2017

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Viewpoint: Finding value in the age of smart control

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is vastly transforming how manufacturing and process plants conduct their daily operations.

Martin, P., Schneider Electric

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is vastly transforming how manufacturing and process plants conduct their daily operations. While the term “IIoT” is being used left and right, whether the industry is really leveraging IIoT technology to find more value remains uncertain. Connectivity, networking, big data, predictive analytics, cloud computing, fog computing, wireless communication, cyber physical systems and edge computing are gaining acceptance every day, and when taken together, offer unprecedented promise. In fact, some experts believe the IIoT is eliminating many of the constraints traditional technology has imposed on automation systems, particularly the constraints that lim

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