In September, Lorenzo was invited to talk on a panel about the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a.k.a., Industry 4.0 / Industrie 4.0 / Industrial IoT (IIoT).
As the event overview put it: IIoT is currently revolutionizing our entire way of life around the globe at a breathtaking speed. We totally agree.
The event was hosted in Los Angeles, California, by GABA, the German American Business Association. The other invited panelists were from a variety of organizations and companies like SAP.
Lorenzo told stories about the exciting remote monitoring deployments are customers are doing for sensor telemetry of environmental factors like:
- Air Quality (e.g., PM2.5 particulate matter and specific gases like O3 / Ozone + NOx / Nitrogen Dioxides)
- Water (e.g., usage, levels, flow)
- Fleet Vehicles, Trucks, and Trailers Loaded with Industrial Equipment
- Flood Monitoring Systems
In the panel discussion Lorenzo shared advice, suggestions, lessons learned, and visions for the future of IIoT. A key factor and strategy, which may seem obvious but is sometimes overlooked, is to really focus on understanding the real customer needs. Just because an organization can remotely monitor something doesn’t mean they need to.
What is the real value that an Industrial IoT deployment will provide? Man hours, maintenance costs, travel, security? We believe it’s critical to truly understand customer needs. Time with the customer in the field, getting our boots dirty, really helps us deploy the most effective solution for our industrial customers.
1 of the topics brought up at this Industry 4.0 event in Long Beach was – what time period are we in for Industrial IoT? Is IIoT still in an early adopter stage? The reality is that sensors have been around for decades.
The Industrial Internet of Things has been around for many years, it’s just been know by other names, like simply ‘remote monitoring’ or ‘sensor telemetry’. For example, many years ago telephone lines were left open and used to remotely monitor 4-20mA standard sensors.
How about now, today – what’s the client’s real, immediate return on investment / ROI? The organizations and businesses that are taking advantage of IIoT and implementing remote monitoring have already profited and helped their bottom line with benefits like:
- Cost savings
- Increased productivity
- Situational awareness
- Easy Access From Anywhere to Intelligence for Compliance and Permitting
- Increased accuracy
- Reduced waste
- Reduced man hours in driving
- Savings in insurance, fuel, tires, and maintenance of vehicles
- Knowledge in real-time
- Increased efficiency for utilization of the most effective assets
- Increased safety
We’re grateful we had the invitation and opportunity to present, share, and be part of this Industrial 4.0 IIoT event! The audience was wonderful and interactive, with excellent questions and opinions. Since Tools.Valarm.net is an open platform, it’s easy to see how it fits any organization’s remote monitoring needs. You can use sensor hardware made by an manufacturer, like Flowline, Alphasense, In-Situ, McCrometer, or Senix.
It was great to catch up with old friends and make new ones. We look forward to sharing more about the latest happenings with Industrial IoT at future events and conferences!
Please don’t hesitate to Contact Us at Info@Valarm.net if you’ve got any questions.