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  • October 13, 2016 13 Oct'16

    IoT data analytics streams into uncharted waters

    In the world of the internet of things, it's one thing to gather mountains of data from an ever-increasing multitude of sensors, appliances, vehicles, smart personal devices and industrial equipment. It's quite another thing to liberate congested data warehouses; select, process and analyze worthy data; and formulate business, development and manufacturing plans that can catapult a company ahead of the competition. IoT's tentacles reach into many industries, and its applications are getting more creative as companies thirsting to gain a competitive edge take advantage of the untapped potential of IoT data analytics. Estimates range from 20 billion to as high as 50 billion IoT-connected devices in the next few years.

    In the first feature of this handbook on IoT analytics, consultant David Loshin reveals how manufacturing operations are rapidly being reconfigured to connect the machines within a particular factory as well as create a broader network that can pull together data from equipment throughout an organization's multiple facilities. Data analysts can apply predictive analytics to streaming data from factory-floor machines to prevent unscheduled shutdowns, reduce costs and improve manufacturing productivity. In the second feature, consultant David A. Teich probes edge analytics as a way to counteract the exponential growth in devices being connected and the resulting network congestion. Systems at the network edge can be used to process, filter and analyze data, then pass on aggregated data sets to a centralized analytics platform. And in the third feature, news writer Ed Burns examines how Visa is using IoT data analytics to expand and simplify its transaction processing capabilities while capitalizing on analytical models to provide business intelligence to merchants.

  • September 27, 2016 27 Sep'16

    Macro trends HP is tracking: Urbanization, globalization, demographics

    HP Inc. CTO Shane Wall weighs in on three big macro trends that are shaping the company's long-horizon strategy.

  • September 26, 2016 26 Sep'16

    Demonstrator platforms target 3D printing technology for manufacturing

    Stratasys introduces new 3D printing technology demonstrators designed to bolster parts manufacturing for automotive and aerospace; IQMS unveils data backup to Oracle Cloud.

  • September 23, 2016 23 Sep'16

    Manufacturer floats private cloud on Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform

    Switching to a Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform-based SAN allows Excelitas Technologies to adopt 'AWS-like' private cloud for databases, Microsoft Windows environment.

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  • The Industrial Internet Consortium tackles Industrial IoT security

    The IIC has published a technical security framework intended to guide companies toward cybersecurity in the age of IoT. Here's what manufacturers should know. Continue Reading

  • Identity of things moves beyond manufacturing

    With more employees bringing their own devices and network-connected objects -- such as keycard controls and energy monitoring systems -- the digital footprint of the internet of things is only increasing. Yet the security industry is starting to develop an identity of things strategy.

    Manufacturing, healthcare and critical-infrastructure companies have long dealt with the identity of things. Supervisory control and data acquisition engineers may be able to teach CIOs and CISOs the best way to handle device identity management. Determining which devices should access a network is a daunting task, however, because device identity management can be context dependent. Some, such as mobile phones, should be linked to users; others, such as radio frequency ID tags on cargo containers, should be linked to physical objects; and still others, such as an MRI machine or a centrifuge, need to be treated as a critical asset. To deal with the influx of devices and the identity of things, companies need to address discovery, asset identification and provisioning.

    As the U.S. presidential election nears, we caught up with Nathaniel Gleicher, the former director of cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council in the White House. Gleicher, who is currently the head of Illumio's cybersecurity strategy, spoke with Information Security magazine about the Shadow Brokers' cyberweapons dump, the importance of having visibility into networks that need to be protected and the challenges of the vulnerabilities equities process.

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  • How IoT and 3D printing are changing the connected space

    PCB designers are adopting 3D printing to prototype and manufacture parts for IoT devices more quickly and effectively. Continue Reading

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