Tech Trend: Designing systems for machines instead of people

For businesses to be agile and respond quickly to changing market conditions, they need to provide business users with real-time and near-time operational data. That means harnessing data from devices and tackling the latency challenge. In 2020, we will see more organisations shift their design thinking from services and systems for people to services and […]

How mesh networking ensures uninterrupted data exchange between connected devices

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One of the major challenges with connected devices is having a reliable network. Cell phone and standard Wi-Fi networks do not guarantee communication everywhere. Even dense urban  areas have numerous “dead” cellular zones in building basements, elevators, tunnels and underpasses. Remote areas like crop fields, mines, oceans and space also pose problems. With this in […]

Enabling a secure ecosystem of connected devices

The number of connected devices is predicted to grow to 75 billion by 2025. This will create a massively connected ecosystem, and data security will be paramount. Many of these devices will be cyber-physical systems, which closely integrate computation, networking and physical processes. The devices consist of a physical entity and its cyber twin, which […]

Why digital players are forcing change in the healthcare industry

By Rikin Patel Digital players are shaking up the care management sector, leaving traditional players struggling to compete at least on some levels. According to Kaufman Hall’s 2019 State of Consumerism in Healthcare report, hospital and health system executives feel their industry is being threatened by new entrants that are offering consumer-friendly health services. The […]

Machines that pay each other using digital wallets

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People use digital wallets such as Venmo and PayPal and, more recently, cryptocurrencies such as bitcoins to make frictionless payments, peer to peer. What if machines could use digital wallets to make frictionless payments, machine to machine? Autonomous vehicles — such as cars, fork lifts, trucks or any industrial machine — could pay for their […]

The pros and cons of the “as a service” business model in manufacturing

While reading, an article in The Manufacturer on Volvo CE, I was struck by just how much the trend to an as a service business model is progressing in the manufacturing industry. It has been around for some time with Rolls-Royce’s “Power by the Hour” approach but has now expanded to a much wider community of adopters […]