In the digital age, the world is transforming at a rapid pace, especially with the deployment of the Industrial Internet of Things. That’s exactly why Caterpillar, www.cat.com, a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives, is uniquely responding to its customers and to the industries they serve. Caterpillar is merging deep domain expertise with digital technologies to create a suite of solutions that help customers improve their business operations, creating actionable insight from data which helps to reduce costs and better manage risks.
For this column, I am going to dive into how developing countries are building out their infrastructures to support IoT (Internet of Things) applications. There are many opportunities and challenges of adopting IoT solutions in the developing world. Since this is a pretty big discussion I won’t be able to cover it in one blog, so look for the next several blogs to address specific issues facing developing nations and how specific IoT solutions are making a difference.
For this column I am going to address vehicle-to-infrastructure or “V2I” technology. V2I and V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) technologies are an important part of the future of our society. As vehicles become more autonomous, a lot will change, including how we communicate with our vehicles, how our vehicles communicate with each other, and how our vehicles communicate with their surroundings.
In the past few weeks, we’ve talked about some really important trends in the IIoT—the industrial Internet of Things.
All month long I have been focusing on the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things). But for this column, I want to dig a little deeper into security. No matter which sector a business operates in, security should be a critical element in its IoT business plan, investment, and deployment.
Recently, my editorial team and I were discussing an article that claimed Fitbit’s sales struggles bode poorly for the wearables market as a whole. The article cited lackluster 2016 holiday sales of fitness trackers and subsequent layoffs at Fitbit as evidence that the wearables market was “stagnant.” But here’s my point—since when did we give Fitbit so much say over the entire wearables space?
For this column, I am jumping back into the security discussion to address some pretty significant news that has come up recently in the form of proposed government legislation. As regular readers of my columns you know that I have spent more than a few words on our need to focus on keeping our devices secure.
You generally know you’re talking about an important trend when there have only been a handful of similar ones in all of history. Such is the case with the current “Industrial Revolution,” often dubbed Industry 4.0.
Cybercriminals often target small businesses because they are relatively easy targets. In fact, in my last column I shared one example in which a fake small business was created as a decoy and was hacked within an hour using just one email address and a single login credential. It’s a great read if you did not see the article last week. I encourage you to go back and read it and learn the many ways small business can protect themselves and avoid being easy targets.
Cybersecurity seems to be one of those issues that just keeps coming up in discussions about the IoT (Internet of Things). When talking about healthcare, connected cars, and so on, as an industry we recognize security as a hurdle for enterprise adoption and innovation as well as consumer or end user adoption.