Internet of Things and Industry 4.0
The introduction of new technologies in the industry is changing the way many companies work. Technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud services, big data, robotics, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, or Blockchain will be the key to how companies offer their products and services in the future.
What has been called Industry 4.0 is defined as an advanced production ecosystem, automated and interconnected thanks to these technologies, and especially thanks to IoT, understood as the connectivity of intelligent devices so that they can detect and communicate to collect real world data easily. The goal of Industry 4.0 is to actively drive the reshaping of the industry by implementing disruptive technologies that allow manufacturing equipment to be connected to a web-based network and gain substantial value.
These advanced technological solutions will facilitate the management and analysis of information in real time, as well as decision making, allowing the creation of improved systems for production.
Examples of the implementation of IoT in Industry 4.0 are intelligent agriculture, waste collection systems or monitoring of goods.
Currently the biggest challenge in these areas is to establish what data to collect and how to collect it, how that information will be analyzed to obtain useful information and thus make the right decisions. Additionally, all processes must be carried out in secure environments to avoid cyber threats in order to keep data, systems and networks protected.
Contact: Pedro A. Castillo Valdivieso