IoT (Instrumentation of Things): Part 1

IoT (Instrumentation of Things): Part 1

Published: 7th July 2015

We read a lot about The Internet of Things which is a connected world where devices talk to each other and pass information to us humans to make decisions or for us to off-load simpler decisions to devices we trust.

It is estimated that the Internet of Things (IoT) is already increasing the connectedness of people and things on a scale that once was unimaginable. Connected devices outnumber the world's population by one-and-a-half times to one. The pace of IoT market adoption is accelerating because of:

  • Growth in analytics and cloud computing
  • Increasing interconnectivity of machines and personal smart devices
  • The proliferation of applications connecting supply chains, partners, and customers

Cisco state that ‘Most businesses are focused on getting products to market more quickly, adapting to regulatory requirements, increasing efficiency, and most importantly-continuing to innovate.’

But what does this mean for test and measurement instrumentation?

It means that we might not have to travel to site to make a test, that instrumentation is ON, only when in operation and we eradicate the continuous drain on energy consumption that is set-up and idle (SIdle). We can more readily manage the more productive states of Active, Sleep and Off.

In not having to travel we reduce the time we have to wait for data to make decisions. We begin to operate in a 24 hour world of background tasks freeing engineers to make decisions and innovate far more than ever before.
In general we all search to reduce waste and the examples above show the impact a world of Instruments of Things could bring in defeating these common scourges.

As a reminder the seven types of waste are generally regarded as:

  • Over-production
  • Waiting time
  • Transportation
  • Processing
  • Inventory
  • Motion
  • Defects

And I’ll take the liberty to add Energy for the Test and Measurement market where all strive to reduce power consumption.

To that extent it is obvious that Instruments of Things can bring unique benefits to your highly mobile workforce, customers, and supply chain demand.

MCS Test Equipment already stock a significant range of Bluetooth enabled and Bluetooth test equipment as well as Zigbee and WiFi. To assist with your productivity improvement plans our experts are ready for your call now.

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