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3 Tips for Cutting Through the IoT Hype

Posted by Joanne Bacharach

There are a lot of marketing buzzwords surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) these days. Enough to dilute the true purpose of the IoT and cause disillusionment for people curious about its real advantages. Many of the endless streams of articles, conferences, and journals focused on the IoT are actually useful and enlightening—but the quality of IoT content as a whole has been impaired by companies stuffing IoT-related buzzwords into every possible phrase to try to increase their search engine ranking.  

Wouldn't you like to see more substance behind all that IoT marketing fluff? Wouldn't you like to know why IoT is truly different, effective, and revolutionary? Wouldn't it be great if every IoT article came with a jargon decoder that told you if the IoT in reference was related to IoT concepts in general, or consumer products, or the manufacturing industry, or smart cities, or home automation, or artificial intelligence, and so on?  

Well, I wish I could do all that for you in a few paragraphs on this blog post, but I can't. What I can do is give you the three tips that work for me when I’m trying to cut through the hype.


Interview: Shedding Light on BACnet/IP Driver Updates

Posted by Joanne Bacharach

It’s becoming clear that fully-integrated Building Management Systems (BMS) monitor and control all major building components and systems—from lighting and HVAC to security and access controlare the future of the building automation market. And as more advanced hardware and software solutions enter market, it is imperative that facility managers and building owners design with interoperability and open standards in mind. This approach enables current and legacy components and systems to be effectively and efficiently integrated.


U-Can Do This! A Look at U-CON (Part Two)

Posted by Joanne Bacharach

In my previous post, I walked you through a common situation where there is no “out-of-the-box” solution available for connecting a device into an existing automation system. Today, I’m going to demonstrate how you can create a custom driver with Kepware’s User Configurable (U-CON) driver.


U-Can Do This! A Look at U-CON (Part One)

Posted by Joanne Bacharach

I recently experienced some technology integration headaches. I tried to install a smart thermostat in my home only to find my ancient furnace uses two wires instead of the requisite four. I was road-blocked trying to get this new technology integrated into old technology, and it turned out to be much more involved—and expensive—than I anticipated.


Four Advantages of Kepware Training

Posted by Joanne Bacharach

Training classes can sometimes be a gamble. You may sign up for a course without always knowing exactly what’s going to happen. You might wonder: will this provide useful information that applies to my everyday work? Will the class be engaging? Will the other attendees prove to be valuable contacts?

The Kepware Customized Training Program answers “Yes!” to all these questions and more. Read on to learn what attendees are exposed to during Kepware's training courses.


Interview: Kepware's John Harrington Uncovers the Details of Omron NJ

Posted by Joanne Bacharach

Sysmac NJ is the new series of Machine Automation Controllers (MACs) from the device vendor Omron. The MAC is Omron's complete machine automation solution that combines logic, motion, vision, safety, robotics, and sensing. This means only one controller is needed for an entire machine or production cell.


Four Reasons Why No Standard is the King of Automation

Posted by Joanne Bacharach

First, what do we mean by the “King of Automation”? If one standard were king, every component of an industrial automation system—from PLC to PC to PAC—would speak the same language regardless of manufacturer. In a way, this is what the micro-USB plug did for cell phones and cell phone chargers, but in industrial automation terms. (Isn’t it so much more convenient now that our cell phones and chargers all have the same plug?!)