Industrial #IOT will impact nearly all industries for decades to come

“The industrial IoT will change nearly every industry, including transportation, medical, power, oil and gas, agriculture and more. It will be the primary driving trend in technology for the next several decades and the technology story of our lifetimes. Fog computing will move powerful processing currently only available in the cloud out to the field. The forecast is foggy indeed.”

Source: A foggy forecast for the industrial internet of things – IoT Agenda

The title of the above article suggests the article is about “fog computing” (like cloud computing but with the cloud close by); yet the article is really about the central importance of data – data collection, exchange and analysis – in industrial IOT applications.

Trucking industry adopting #IOT tech for efficiency, quality improvements

Getting a handle on the profound effect on how trucks are spec’ed, operated and maintained now and into the future

Source: Trucking and the Internet of Things – Truck News

Vehicle data collection from embedded sensors, coupled with “Big Data” analysis can identify optimal maintenance strategies, replacing or updating components before they fail. That leads to greater reliability and less downtime from unexpected failures.

Collision avoidance systems are also providing data that may lead to safer operations in the future.

Cameras and sensors on the side and backs of vehicles may replace side mirrors (why? to reduce aerodynamic drag).

One thing is for certain – #IOT and #BigData are huge in industrial applications and will lead to better quality services and improved efficiency for providers and customers.

55% of global industry says #IOT “strategic to their business”

Based on a survey of 4,500 participants in businesses having at least 100 employees in 25 countries. 55% say IOT is “strategic to their business” and 21% see IOT as important but do not yet have a strategy.

Source: Internet Of Things By The Numbers: IDC Survey Finds It’s All About The Data

Leading IOT applications are to improve productivity and process automation.

The leading companies in the IOT space are IBM and Microsoft, according to the survey.

Generation “Jones” – the generation that followed the “Baby Boomers”

Everyone has heard of the “Baby boom” generation, defined as those born between 1946 and 1964.  The grouping was arbitrarily drawn by measuring the birth rate when it shot up in 1946, and then concluding it ended when it hit the same level in 1964.

This grouping is bogus, however. The purpose of creating a group label is identify common characteristics – mostly for marketing purposes. However, there is little in common with those born early in this period and those born late.

Not surprisingly, there is another characterization based on common characteristics – and it inserts a new generation label between the “Baby boom” and “Generation X” and calls it “Generation Jones”. The name comes from the tail end of the “baby boom” trying hard to keep up with those who came before, hence “keeping up with the Joneses”.

Researchers point out that those born earlier in the “baby boom” have distinct memories of such things as the first satellites launch into space, the first human launched in to space, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassinations of JFK, Martin Luther King and RFK. Those born at the end of the so-called “Baby boom” remember none of these issutes.

This “big issues” occurred at a point in our child and youth development where they created not only memories, but ways of viewing the world around us. Those born at the beginning of the Baby Boom had very different lives than those born at the end. A side effect is that those born at the end are still called Baby Boomers yet have far more in common with the following generation than “their” generation.

It is easy to see how someone came up with the 20-year Baby Boom generation concept based solely on birth data – but it fails to capture any semblance of commonality between early and later members of the group.

I was glad to learn about this – I fall in to the very tail end of the Baby Boom and never felt connected at those who are 10-20 years older than me, and whose lives and careers grew forward a very different world than mine.