I spent the last few days on the Santa Barbara coast staring at the offshore oil rigs. With a marine layer and reflections of the sun, they look like large container ships that don't move (Imperial Walkers, if you're my son). These oil rigs reached an all-time high of 68,798,091 barrels in 1995, and are most famous for the a spill that happened in January 1969 when Union Oil's Platform A experienced an uncontrolled blowout in the Dos Cuadras field that lasted for approximately eight days. The spill of approximately 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil affected over forty miles of coastline. Several environmental laws were passed at the federal and state levels following the blowout, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
I got to thinking more about these rigs because I could not access the Internet from where I was staying, and I was only 20 miles outside of town. This reminded me of articles that IoT Central member Scott Allen has been sharing about IIoT in some very remote and tough places. Worth checking out in this issue, as well as member contributions from Benson Chan, Vinay Solanki, Darren Tessitore, and Mark Shapiro.
Imagine your worst winter day. Bone-chilling cold, howling, bitter winds, blinding snow and sleet, and your truck is encased in ice. What do you do? You tough it out, scrape the ice off the windshield and get to work. The radio network deployed at one of the world’s most important weather research facilities has to endure and perform in extremely brutal climates nearly every day of the year, 24/7/365. Lives depend on its successful transmission of weather data. And for over a decade, wireless data radios have gotten the job done at the Mount Washington Observatory.
Since many embedded devices are deployed outside of the standard enterprise security perimeter, it is critical that security be included in the device itself. Ultimately, some combination of hardware and software may be required. Building protection into the device itself provides a critical security layer whatever options are used. Security must be considered early in the design of a new device or system.
For all the value and disruptive potential that Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provide, corporate buyers face a dilemma. Today’s IoT technologies are still immature point solutions that address emerging use cases with evolving technology standards. Buyers are concerned that what they buy today may become functionally or technologically obsolete tomorrow. Faced with this dilemma, many defer buying even if the IoT solutions they buy today offer tremendous value to their organizations. This post describes a planning strategy called “future-proofing” that helps managers, buyers, and planners deal with obsolescence.
Predictive maintenance is the idea of fixing something before it breaks, which can save you LOTS of time and money! “Don’t Fix It If It Ain’t Broke.” Horrible advice, especially if you run a manufacturing plant. Any industrial business should really be focusing on predictive maintenance. Predictive maintenance is the idea of fixing something before it breaks. It saves businesses time, money and a lot of frustration.