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March 19, 2015 Leah Bortz

ICYMI: Automation News Roundup, Week Ending March 20

An Alliance for the Internet of Things

Dave Greenfield of Automation World discussed the alliance made by the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) last week in an article. 

Photo courtesy of freeimages.com

Photo courtesy of freeimages.com

Specifically, Greenfield points out that standardization for devices and systems is imperative in a time where the Internet of Things is such a popular topic- a buzzword, at times.

Basically, the IIC will begin to share its use cases and more requirements, while the OIC  vows to deliver necessary functions in an “IoT communications framework” for their project, IoTivity.

“This liaison was developed as a result of both consortiums’ desire for interoperability in the industrial IoT,” said Richard Soley, executive director, Industrial Internet Consortium to Automation World, “By sharing use cases with the OIC, we will identify new scenarios that will ultimately result in systematic interoperability between devices.”

A Eulogy for Internet Explorer

Microsoft’s marketing chief announced on Monday that the company will be “laying our longtime pal to rest upon the forthcoming release of Windows 10, which will feature a browser with another name,” according to an article published in Newsweek. 

Paul Meija pokes a little harmless fun at the browser and writes from the point of view of an old friend politely saying some last words at IE’s funeral.

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Photo courtesy of freeimages.com

It’s successor, Project Spartan, will be included with the official release of Windows 10. It is said to include page annotation, extension support, and the integration of Microsoft’s Cortana.

Still, Meija reminds us to remember our tired, old friend, Internet Explorer:

“Yes, the future is uncertain. But let’s raise a virtual lighter for our beloved Internet Explorer, a blue beacon of discovery, forever available in the unnatural midnight light of a computer screen. Farewell, old friend,” wrote Meija.

Cyber Security in Your Company

Some employees are guilty of more than just not replacing the water jug.

CIO reported that some employees accidentally compromise their company’s cyber security without even knowing it.

“Don’t think this is an uncommon occurrence. It is so common that, in a recent survey commissioned by Sungard Availability Services*, leaving laptops and mobile phones in vulnerable places was the #1 problem area noted by respondents,” reported CIO. 

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Photo courtesy of freeimages.com

What you can do:

  • Encrypt the laptop’s hard drive
  • Enforce strong passwords
  • Freeze the employee’s account (this would be the “reactive” option)
  • Place tracking software on laptops/devices
  • Forbid employees to store data on laptops – instead, store on the server
  • Regularly educate employees on cyber security

How Food Waste can be Valuable- A Video

GE  Water and Technologies hosted a video of Bill Griffiths, National Recycling Manager, Viridor explaining  how anaerobic digestion can turn food waste into two separate products and thus, reduces landfill waste.

Watch the video here:

Big Data, I’ll be Brief

Gil Press for Forbes published a “very short” history of Big Data two years ago that is still relevant today while looking at the roots of the trend.

The first entry in the timeline reaches all the way back to 1944.  A Wesleyan University librarian, Fremont Rider, predicts the future when he estimated that American libraries will double in size.

Rider wrote in The Scholar and the Future of the Research Library, that the Yale Library in 2040 will have “approximately 200,000,000 volumes, which will occupy over 6,000 miles of shelves… [requiring] a cataloging staff of over six thousand persons,” according to Press.

Press catalogs 1996 as the year that digital storage becomes the most cost-effective solution for storing data as opposed to just paper.

He leads the reader through decades of information detailing how big data will become the norm all the way up to recent years.

GE “Jumps Into the Fray” of the IIoT

CNBC highlighted GE’s dedication to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in both a recent article and video.

“The concept is simple: making industrial machines smarter, through the adoption of sensors, software and big data analytics. As consumers become increasingly reliant on the information provided by mobile devices and smart technology, IIoT seeks to do the same for business by streamlining operations and making them more efficient,” said CNBC‘s report.

CNBC also said that Accenture reports an economical impact- that IIoT expenditures could reach $500 billion by 2020, and could even add $15 trillion to global growth by 2030.

“We started with this idea that the world of software and machines was really coming together, and we felt that software was going to transform industrial machines,” said Bill Ruh, vice president of the GE Software Center in the CNBC story.

The video on CNBC: 

 

 

Media we link to:

“Alliance to Foster Internet of Things Interoperability” – Automation World

“A Eulogy for Internet Explorer” – Newsweek 

“How Employees Accidentally Compromise Their Company’s Cyber Security” – CIO 

“Anaerobic Digestion Turns Food Waste into Valuable Products” – GE 

“A Very Short History of Big Data” – Forbes

“GE jumps into the fray of industrial Internet” – CNBC 

 

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