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China to Build Industrial Internet Standard System by 2025

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China’s Xinhua news agency announced the country will establish a standard system for the Industrial Internet by 2020. Guideline jointly released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Standardization Administration establish technical standards for key elements of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), including industrial internet resources and platforms, big data and cybersecurity.

The goal is to build an integrated open standards-based IIoT system by 2025.

This announcement is bold, sweeping and vague all at the same time, and does not offer a detailed roadmap and implementation details. Nevertheless, if China is successful in achieving even part of the overall goal, it will have a major effect on the development of IIoT. China’s industrial market size and its continued growth, coupled with other government initiatives in renewable energy targets and aggressive shift to all electric cars will create a tipping point.

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How to Succeed in Implementing Augmented Reality Without Really Trying

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A catchy and optimistic title, isn’t it?

But as some early adopters (yes, we are still in the early adoption phase) can attest to, implementing a successful augmented reality (AR) system can be tricky.

For decades, the bold vision of AR pioneers was limited by bulky hardware and inadequate computing power of early generation AR systems.

Today, HoloLens, RealWear and other AR hardware make wearable AR far more practical, and AR editing software such as Vuforia makes content creation and delivery within easy reach. Still, over-enthusiastic vendors of AR-based products showcase systems that look great on paper, sorry – on head-mounted display, but fail to demonstrate meaningful end-user value. The gap between increasingly more capable hardware and software and broad industry adoption continues to widen.

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ABB and Dassault Systèmes Team Up

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ABB and Dassault Announce a Global Software Partnership for Digital Industries

On February 28, ABB and Dassault Systèmes announced they have entered into an agreement to form a “global software partnership for digital industries”: an industry-spanning global partnership to offer customers a broad software and hardware portfolio of PLM, asset health monitoring and factory automation solutions.

This partnership signals yet another major power shift in the enterprise digital manufacturing leadership, preceded by the announcement last summer of a partnership between PTC and Rockwell Automation.

The proposed partnership between ABB and Dassault Systèmes is more than yet another tit-for-tat in the highly competitive and often difficult to differentiate PLM and digital manufacturing space, although I suspect some was of it influenced this recent move.

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How Many Autonomous Cars Will be on the Road in 2025?

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Like Sesame Street’s Count von Count, industry analysts have a compulsive love of counting things.

One favorite item to count has been Internet of Things devices or “things.” This metric has proven elusive, and, as I opined numerous times before, mostly irrelevant, because the mere number of IoT devices deployed globally does not signify the business value they provide. In other words, more devices do not mean greater business value.

Conversely, connected and automated cars (CAVs) is a good example of more-is-better. More connected, safer, and, eventually, autonomous cars will improve the efficiency of urban transportation systems and reduce private vehicle ownership, thereby preventing crashes, easing traffic congestion and reducing carbon footprint.

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Why Service Organizations Resist Predictive Maintenance

By Field Service, Internet of Things, Reliability, Service Technology No Comments

Much of the buzz about the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and predictive algorithms is calling service organizations to adopt predictive maintenance (PdM) methods and tools. In fact, PdM is one of the frustratingly few-well flashed-out use cases for IoT.

The rationale for adopting predictive maintenance is quite convincing.

Many service organizations schedule equipment maintenance activities based on statistical models.  Routine preventive maintenance (PM) schedule is based on average failure rates of components and systems and prescribes mandatory part replacement and other maintenance activities before a critical failure is likely to occur.

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