The blog post is based on the keynote presented by Tyson Tuttle, CEO of Silicon Labs, at 2014 IIC CEO Summit in Shanghai under the title of “How the IoT Will Change Our World.” At the summit, Tyson introduced Silicon Labs’ broad portfolio of low power solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) applications and how IoT will impact embedded designers and consumer markets.
The Internet of Things is transforming conventional manufacturing plants into “smart factories” by leveraging autonomous machine-to-machine communications and the power of the Internet for sensing, control, monitoring and actuation.
Today’s smart factories use sophisticated sensor networks to monitor processes and conditions such as temperature, humidity, pressure, proximity, light, motion, chemical composition and much more. Actuators are able to control robots, valves, motors and other equipment to automate various manufacturing processes.
An enormous amount of embedded intelligence resides in factory devices, all the way down to field devices, motor starters, contacts and relays. IoT technologies enable us to access that intelligence to enable new levels of monitoring that were never available in terms of real-time diagnostic data to anticipate the health of a valve or a relay.
Factory automation has been a trend that’s been ongoing for many years and continues to advance at many levels of the manufacturing chain s and the supply chain.
The continuing evolution of smart factories is going to be one of the most diverse, impactful aspects of the Internet of Things, now and in the future.
Continue to read the keynote: Internet of Things Keynote #10: The IoT Is Here Today: Smart Cities
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