The use of industrial automated machinery and control systems continues to grow as factories and plants implement sensors and actuators to monitor environments and the machines in these spaces. The adoption of technology in these environments has been coined the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). And, as hardware and software solutions continue to drop in price ($30-$300), industries are adopting technologies as tools for economization of resources and energy – leading to increased profits, less waste, and overall increases in operational efficiency. Continue reading “Industrial Internet of Things: Efficiencies to Consider”
The first Python-programmable modular toolbox to develop Industrial-grade IoT solutions connected to Ubidots is now live on Kickstarter
November 21, 2017 – The Italian tech startup TOI (Things On Internet) Srl, active in the development of IoT solutions, launched a Kickstarter campaign for 4zerobox: the first modular electronic board that is easy-to-configure and specifically designed for IoT and Industry 4.0 solution providers. Starting at $149 for the Special Early Bird adopters, the Kickstarter campaign can be found here .
Man/women is said to have been created in God’s image. In a similar fashion, Men/women now create machines in our own image. One such example of this is the Finite State Machine programming, or FSM for short. Engineers and developers now use computers to operate tasks that were previously operated by hand. For example – got any dirty laundry laying around? – I know I do. Previously we had to rinse clothes in a tub or sink, add soap, scrub, rinse again, and whatnots to get a clean t-shirt to go to work or have a night out. Now we have washing machines to do this work for us. We got to this point with engineers having designed 1,000s of products and devices that execute programs based human thought or action. This is no exception to today’s machine learning or other AI buzzwords. Millions of devices and applications are being developed to increase efficiency and ease of men and women and many of these aiding process exist thanks to FSMs.
Finite State Machines are simply a mathematical computation of a series of cause with events. In relation to our washing machine example – the FSM determines when to start the rinse cycle, when to spin, and when to stop completely. To better understand a Finite State Machine (FSM), we first need to define the concept of a ‘state.’ A state is a unique piece of information inside a larger computational program. The FSM computation changes or transitions from one state to another state in response to external inputs. A FSM is defined by a listing or logical order of its states; its initial state and the conditions for each transition, concluding with a final or end state. The FSM is a series of thoughts programmed by the computer to execute operations based on inputs– the same way man thinks and acts, so too do our machines and the computers that control them.
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Ubidots and Controllino partner for affordable Industrial IoT Solutions without the headache.
Ubidots is thrilled to welcome Controllino to the Ubidots ecosystem of device manufacturers and providers. We have been playing around with countless devices these past few years and the Controllino is just simply amazing. This industrial PLC device is freely programmable to your needs and specifications and is based on the Arduino open source software technology to tailor the MINI, MAXI, and MEGA Controllino boards to tackle the shop floor’s most desirable data collection and automation needs.
Single Board Computers (SBCs) are weaving their way into even the most sophisticated of Smart Factories — and they just might save you some serious cash.
Also called “MiniPC”, a Single Board Computer is exactly what it sounds like: the core elements of a desktop or industrial gateway (input / output, microprocessing, memory), but in a single, self-contained board. A low-cost, self-service complement to industrial gateways, SBCs allow IT and control engineering teams to create custom-built solutions for themselves.
The latest advancements in silicon technologies has given birth to the connected devices which we have grown accustomed referring to as the “Internet of Things,” (IoT).
The IoT extends from consumer-owner mobile devices to smart connected devices available in homes, enterprises, healthcare institutions and more. An IoT-focused research by Gartner published in February projected 8.4 billion connected things this year and this will grow to 20.4 billion by 2020, driven by the rapid growth of connectivity and consumer services. IoT spending is projected to reach $1.29 trillion by 2020 from the projected $737 billion in 2016.
Like us, you too might be wondering where are all these devices and money are going? Aside from the home and the enterprise, there are particular industries that are leading the way in terms of investments in IoT technologies. Research by Gartner on IoT usage in the enterprise cited that the adoption of revolutionary devices reached 43% of enterprises globally by the end of 2016. The report estimates that the total investment from 2015 to 2020 will reach $6 trillion among both consumer and industrial IoT markets, led by the latter’s continuous growth.
Ubidots and Digital Matter partner to power smarter, faster telematics and GPS solutions.
If you work in transportation, or have an affinity for taking the back roads, you’ve likely experienced GPS failure: this app is telling me my truck is…where?
Digital Matter (DM) is here to make tracking tools better — providing smarter, ultra-reliable white-label GPS tracking and telematics devices for resellers in the the fleet, logistics, and communications industries. And through a new partnership with Ubidots, you can now easily connect your DM devices to the Ubidots’ cloud and application builder, and create a complete GPS or telematics application in just a few hours.
When our Victorian predecessors predicted how technology would transform public life, they imagined pedestrians crossing rivers via miniature hot air balloons, and police officers with mechanical wings. Far from flashy personal flight devices, the watershed technologies transforming today’s cities are discrete, often invisible. In the “Smart City” of Santander, Spain, everyday objects—lampposts, buses, waste bins—are embedded with innovative Internet of Things (IoT) technology. And they’re improving quality of life in ways the Victorians couldn’t have fathomed.
Covering just a few city blocks, the smart city of Santander has deployed hundreds of sensors to measure all aspects of public services including street lighting, garbage collection etc. © Smart Santander
How to Convince Your CEO to Invest in IoT (3/3)
This is the part 3 of our “How to convince your CEO to invest in IoT” blog series. Previously in part 1, we demonstrated some organizational and institutionally biasis against IoT. Then, in part 2, we explained the fundamental components of IoT and the benefits of implementation. Lastly, in this part 3, we will conclude with some common concerns with answers worth presenting to leadership.