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Industrial IoT testbed hooks equipment monitoring up to a public cloud

Stephen Lawson | July 20, 2015
The project by IBM and National Instruments aims to show off smarter, predictive maintenance

Other industries, including rail, heavy equipment and mining, are likely to be interested in the results. The third phase of the project calls for testbeds in other industries. The project's findings will probably influence companies' decisions about the new monitoring and maintenance technology before all the testbeds are done, Smith said.

IIC was formed in March 2014 with a mission to foster interoperability among industrial IoT systems. IBM, General Electric, AT&T, Intel and Cisco Systems were the founding members of the group, which now includes more than 100 companies. IIC has also started testbeds for energy microgrids, tracking and tracing of tools in factories, and software-defined infrastructure.

The new cooperation among companies in this field represents a big change, Smith said.

"Historically, industrial systems have been very siloed," Smith said.


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