The Industrial IoT (IIoT) continues to drive big news headlines. Recently we’ve seen news on security, connectivity and new products. We’ve compiled a handful of the most compelling IoT headlines from the past couple of weeks (including exciting news from FreeWave).

IIoT in the News

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Industrial IoT

Posted on @RTInsights | By @joemckendrick

“Moving to IIoT — to capture and be able to act on real-time information on production, machine health, facility conditions, supply chain movements, inventory, shipping, and a host of other capabilities — is nothing short of a new industrial revolution. Embracing these capabilities requires hefty investments, training, skills acquisition, re-directing of resources, and even re-thinking the business you are in.”

Standardized Connectivity Protocols Lead to Growth of IIoT Apps

Posted on @ITKE | By @S_Allen_IIoT

“IIoT app development programs will begin to outgrow/outpace consumer IoT app development programs within the next three years. Third-party IIoT application development at the edge (i.e., fog computing) specifically will eliminate need for big data transmission capabilities. The ability to filter specific data needs directly at the source means less of a need to collect all the data for broad analysis.”

First Industrial IoT Programmable Radio Enables World of Connected Possibilities

Posed on @CEAsiaMag | By Lim Guan Yu 

“The rise of Fog Computing as a driver of intelligent analytics created a need for industrial companies to transport more data faster from Edge sensors. Rather than transport massive packets of data – Big Data –a programmable platform deployed at the edge of IP networks enables sensor control functionality and allows them to send smaller packets of data as determined by the IIoT app. This results in Smart Data that streamlines decision making, provides predictive analytics for maintenance and support, and allows organizations to automate processes that previously required ongoing, manual attention.”

Data Leakage And The IIoT

Posted on @SemiEngineering | By @Chip_Insider

“In the past, the complexity and size of an operation generally provided safeguards against data theft or leakage. But with commonly used data mining tools, it’s now possible to separate out meaningless shop floor data and hone in on the important events, which roughly adhere the 80/20 rule. Add in multiple companies and begin correlating bottlenecks and other noteworthy industrial events, and that data suddenly becomes much more valuable to a lot of people—makers of equipment, government or industry policies, marketing groups, as well as the highest bidders within a particular industry or those looking to invest in an industry.”

FreeWave Technologies Updates New WaveContact Wireless Technology Solutions

Posted on Yahoo Finance

“WaveContact products interface with a wide variety of sensors deployed in industrial and critical infrastructure markets such as oil and gas, electric power, water and wastewater and environmental monitoring. The product line is built for short-range field applications where simplicity and ease of use in Class 1 Division 1 hazardous locations are critical for success.”

Why Collaboration Is the Key to IIoT

Posted on @automationworld | By Phil Marshall

“Building the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a complex undertaking. When Hilscher started to create an IIoT strategy, we realized that no single organization would be capable of a total solution. Too much was involved across too many domains. Plus, there is a lot that automation vendors don’t know about IT, while the IT world also knows little about automation—at least for now.”

FreeWave Technologies Teams Up with Alliance Corporation

Posted on @IoTEvolution | By @KenBriodagh

“FreeWave said it is expanding its traditional channel partner distribution network with new relationships with distributors who offer new avenues for sourcing through the channel. As FreeWave expands its product offerings further into the IIoT space, aligning and building relationships with partners, like Alliance, is a critical step in offering a full system of integrated hardware and software solutions.”

Security Professionals Expect More Attacks on IIoT in 2017

Posted on @HeardOntheWire | By @notjbg

“The fears of a large-scale attack waiting to happen were solidified this week when security firm Tripwire released the results of a study it performed about the rise of industrial IoT deployment in organizations, and to what extent it is expected to cause security problems in 2017. The IIoT includes segments ranging from critical infrastructure such as energy and utilities all the way to government, health care and finance. Not surprisingly, more than 50 percent of the security professionals surveyed said they weren’t prepared for an IIoT attack, and 96 percent expected to see an increase in such attacks this year.”

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