Internet of Things

The Fog: Direct VS Indirect Edge Computing

“Fog computing” has received an increased amount of attention in the IoT & IIoT communities. I briefly reviewed the Fog in “IoT & the Pervasive Nature of Fast Data & Apache… Read more »

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Security; The Key to Successful IIoT Deployments

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been a hot topic of late.  One key consideration that will impact its acceptance rate and ultimate success is security.   A successful attack… Read more »

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As IT meets OT, a Cultural Shift is Required to Ensure Business Continuity

An interesting trend is occurring in the operational technology (OT) space, particularly in industrial environments, one that IT professionals would do well to take notice of: IT related equipment and… Read more »

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Machine as a Service: New Technologies Help, But are They Enough?

Machine builder vs end user production In the industrial sector, end users running factories and OEMs providing machines are part of the same ecosystem. Machine builders have to work within… Read more »

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Process and Energy: A Match Made in Industrial Heaven?

If you are a Plant Manager or work in Facility Operations at an industrial plant, you have a challenging job. Electrical systems, building systems, safety systems, process systems… the list… Read more »

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Driving Innovation at Every Level with IoT

In my previous blog post, I discussed the four pillars of opportunity for IoT and the potential that IoT has for creating greater value over time through ongoing innovation. Three… Read more »

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Reduce Maintenance Costs with the IIoT and Predictive Asset Analytics

Industrial organizations across multiple sectors are under pressure from shareholders, regulators and customers to increase performance and reliability while keeping costs low. These conditions mean it’s more important than ever… Read more »

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What to Consider When Starting Your IIoT Journey?

Keith Blodorn is a Director of Program Management at ProSoft Technology, specializing in IIoT and wireless communication solutions. He has worked in the Industrial Automation industry for more than 20… Read more »

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The Power of Partnership in the world of Industrial Automation

In the world of industrial automation and control, or Machine and Process Management, our customer operations environment is often a mixed and multi-vendor setting. This characteristic of customer plants, factories… Read more »

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Smart Connected Pipeline – Setting the Standard for Success for the Oil & Gas Industry

Schneider Electric is forever forward-thinking. That means, implementing architecture that enhances control, safety, and performance is the foundation of our operations. Embracing the IT-OT convergence has become this foundation, abandoning… Read more »

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Italian Wine, Schneider Electric and the Internet of Things …

Sometimes this job is very cool.  As I write this, I’m sitting in a little coffee shop near the Duomo in Milan, Italy having a glass of Amarone and some… Read more »

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Evolving the Human Machine Interface (HMI)

I am a strong believer in the coming of the Internet of Things. In some areas it is already here, not in its final form but in its infancy. Considering… Read more »

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The Triggers Driving Today’s Data Center Transformations

Anyone involved with managing, building and designing data centers is always looking for ways to be more efficient while still maintaining maximum availability. Incremental improvements in areas like uptime and… Read more »

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Innovation at Every Level

The way we currently manage energy is unsustainable. Three megatrends are provoking an important increase in energy demand: Urbanization, industrialization, and digitization. Today we still depend on unsustainable CO2-emitting fuels… Read more »

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Asset Management Solutions in the Age of IoT

Utilities were once able to ensure grid security and reliability using a minimal amount of asset information from substations, RTUs, relays, transformers, meters, and lines. They relied on an overdesigned… Read more »

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How Data Centers have become the Lifeblood of Business

Remember the scene in the Wizard of Oz, as Dorothy and crew faced the wizard and stood in awe of his power, though they really didn’t understand it. Then suddenly,… Read more »

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Achieve Operational Excellence with Enterprise Asset Performance Management

Organizations today are focused on improving efficiency throughout every area of the business. From an asset management perspective, they’re leveraging the Industrial Internet of Things and analytics to keep equipment… Read more »

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Top 3 Areas for Data Center Focus in 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) was a big topic during 2015 and Gartner expects it to essentially spread its wings further in 2016. Gartner’s list of top strategic technology trends… Read more »

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Cisco, Schneider Electric and the Internet of Things

Alright, it’s still in its infancy, but the Internet of Things (or the Internet of Everything as our friends at Cisco call it) continues to make headlines. If not for… Read more »

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Big data’s dirty little secret: a burning need for data center efficiency

The technology trends that promise to improve the level of information we have at our disposal to make decisions—big data and the Internet of Things (IoT)—have an under-appreciated downside to… Read more »

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The Next Age: The 20,000 Ft. View from the Schneider Influencer Summit

In today’s world, it’s easy to focus on the immediate challenges we see before us. Troubles in the Middle East. Tensions rising in Eastern Europe. Viruses we thought we had… Read more »

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Webcast explains electrical contractors’ role in secure power for today’s “digitized” economy

Because of rapid growth in digitization, electrical contractors need to be prepared to apply the appropriate level of power protection to smart assets that might be spread far and wide… Read more »

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Achieving Zero Net Energy Buildings

I’m fascinated with the idea of buildings that are energy neutral, meaning the renewable energy they generate is enough to meet their energy consumption needs. Also known as zero net… Read more »

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Webcast: How digitization is reshaping power & cooling design priorities for engineers and consultants

The closely intertwined trends of digitization and the Internet of Things have created a “connected world” of equipment, sensors, and systems across industries that elevates the importance of power protection… Read more »

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The Internet of Things Provides the Opportunity to Achieve Global Sustainability Now

Take a look at these numbers. 1.3 billion – that’s the number of people in the world today who don’t have access to electricity. 30% – this number represents the… Read more »

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A 2020 View of Micro Data Centers

We have already discussed that Micro data centers are breakthrough solutions, but we are still in the early adoption phase and the market potential is untold. Where are they already… Read more »

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Are micro data centers the engine to power the IoT (Internet of Things)?

I have not heard this much buzz in the IT industry since the early 1990’s – well, since the original internet was introduced. Now the Internet of Things (IoT) is… Read more »

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Hello, Facility Manager? This is Circuit Breaker No. 4

Look around and it’s not difficult to see the incredible impact the Internet of Things is having on our daily lives. From fitness monitors to home thermostats controlled by a… Read more »

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IDC’s 2017 Data Center Predictions Point to a Starring Role for DCIM

I recently sat in on a webinar on 2017 data center predictions presented by a trio of analysts at the research firm IDC and was struck by a recurring theme:… Read more »

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The internet of things (IoT) and….. Mining operations?

In a previous blog regarding technology trends I wrote a short paragraph about the internet of things and my humble vision of it. However, looking back at my post and… Read more »

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