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Partnerships bring breakthrough progress in industrial IoT

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Working in our industry is a little like riding a roller coaster. You climb up a steep incline as you figure out how to best apply new concepts and technologies to solve real business challenges. Suddenly you’re at the top. You can see a long way. You hold on tight, and the world begins to flash by. In the IT industry that happens when breakthroughs enable real-world applications—applications that change the way businesses operate and compete. That’s where we are with the industrial Internet of Things (IoT).

Much of what you read about the IoT focuses on consumer applications like fitness and smart homes. But the exciting progress and enormous value is on the industrial side: Manufacturing, Utilities, Energy, Transportation & Logistics, and many others. New instrumented machines—from pumps to factory-floor equipment to locomotives—are spewing gigabytes of data every day. (GE says a single blade in a gas turbine will produce 500 gigabytes a day and its new jet engines will generate a terabyte every day they operate.)

On the consumer side, your refrigerator sends small amounts of data through the cloud to alert the grocery store to send you more eggs and a carton of milk, leisurely seconds to complete the transaction. But the massive volume of data generated on the industrial side like sensors embedded in a drill bit at an oil platform in the middle of the ocean with limited or slow network connection—and the need to analyze and act on it in near real-time—requires a different approach.

The technology breakthrough enabling these data-full and analytics-intensive industrial use cases of IoT, is the ability to put powerful computing at the network edge—on the factory floor or the power plant or an oil rig. Computing at the edge of the network allows us to do analytics in real time and implement machine learning on the spot to detect potential failures or adjust operating parameters. Then, we can then transport analytics results and scoring—rather than gigabytes of raw data—to a data center or the cloud.

Computing at the edge brings together information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT)—two worlds usually separate—to solve new kinds of industrial challenges and achieve new advances. Hence, implementing successful industrial IoT solutions requires partnerships with experts in OT and IT. The good news is that much of our effort in HPE has been to develop these partnerships and jointly deliver the solutions our customers need.

We’re working in particular with two of partners to bring IT and OT together to do real work and show how industrial companies can use the IoT to create dramatic new efficiencies or even change the way they do business.

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HPE Edgeline Converged IoT Systems put up to 64 Intel Xeon cores right where the computing power is needed—in a ruggedized, easy-to-deploy package with remote integrated lights-out (iLO) manageability. We partnered with National Instruments to embed their data capture and control technology based on PXI in HPE EdgeLine systems to interface to this new generation of smart machines. And exciting new software from PTC boasts broad, enterprise and operational capability including ThingWorx Analytics, Kepware connectivity and Vuforia augmented reality to transform the way people create, operate, and service these complex new systems. This is the most complete platform in the market today and already has over 250,000 developers. 

We will be demonstrating this solution working with industrial pumps from Flowserve Corporation at the IoT Solutions World Congress later this month in Barcelona. And I will be presenting a session explaining how the solution works and helping attendees visualize how they might use the industrial IoT in their business. It would be a great place for you to learn more. But if you can’t attend, you might be interested in these additional resources:

 

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Olivier Frank
Senior Director WW, Moonshot & IOT Systems Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Olivier Frank is Worldwide Senior Director for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Moonshot and IoT (Internet of Things) Systems, driving this critical transformational offering within the server business. As such, he is responsible to drive worldwide sales and business development around these compute offerings. He holds an MBA from EM Lyon (France) and an Engineering Degree from ENSEM Nancy (France).

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