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The 2016 Hannover Messe: What’s new for the Industrial IoT?

A few hours ago German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama formally opened the 2016 Hannover Messe, or Hannover Fair. Hannover Messe is a huge event with almost 200,000 visitors, and this year the USA is participating as the partner country. An annual event so large is not concerned with only one topic. The major Hannover exhibits are classified under the headings of Industrial Automation, Digital Factory, Energy, Industrial Supply, and Research & Technology. These topical headings are very aligned with the IIoT/Industrie4.0 vision. more

The Evolution of the IIoT Edge

The edge is the most critical and perhaps the most difficult piece in the IIoT puzzle. It is not one single thing, because application requirements vary so widely. Take just one application requirement – the frequency of data update – and the needs range all over the map. A vendor-managed inventory application may work very well with just a single data point every few days. Analytical models can estimate inventories, so the sensor data is needed just to correct model error and to keep these errors from accumulating. On the other hand, data can be very dynamic in applications like field service management. A critical customer event can re-order service priorities instantly, and so data about the state of the service assets (machines, tools, and people) need to be updated very often. more