Quick to distance itself from consumer IoT, Industrial IoT (IIoT) or Industry 4.0, by definition, heralds the forth industrial revolution which promises to transform industry as we know it. Computex 2016 will demonstrate how those promises of unprecedented efficiency, autonomous manufacturing, and preventative maintenance will alter the landscape of how we do business, from inception to deployment, forever.
IIoT places demands on data integrity, security and reliability that are far higher than its consumer counterpart, where consequences of failure anywhere in the chain can be financially catastrophic, or worse. The potential value of disruption or profit to malicious 3rd parties is magnitudes greater than in traditional IoT which places huge pressure on the security of every link in the vast digital chain.
Arguably the heart of global manufacturing, the Far East is perfectly placed to host this exhibition of smart factories. The traditional manufacturing hubs of Taiwan and China are joined by less prominent but expanding local countries, all desperate to improve productivity and efficiency, and satisfy the demands of the increasingly environmentally conscious west.
Following a three-year absence, the smart manufacturing trendsetter Siemens returns to the fold, unveiling its vision of Industry 4.0, including an intelligent manufacturing vision. The company postulates that the key to realizing Industry 4.0 is “to thoroughly integrate production networks among the enterprises and their suppliers and digitalize all assignments in the value chain so as to minimize the possibility of miscommunication.”
ABB’s IIoT focus increasingly appears to satisfy just that, with tag lines of “running the world without consuming the earth,” demonstrating how seriously these industry behemoths take their environmental responsibilities.
Expect to see keynote speakers from both organisations, alongside ARM CEO Simon Segars introducing ARM’s collective vision of the IIoT landscape at the CPX Conference (31st May – 1st June, TICC, Taipei) where more than 1500 attendees seek inspiration for their businesses.