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Norbert Kytka, Headquarters PlattlingContact
Internet of Things
Thinking about technologies that have had the greatest influence on our daily life, the Internet is most likely on the top of the list. However, the World Wide Web was primarily designed for humans. Physical objects such as machines were simply not considered. However, this has changed with the Internet of Things (IoT): the Internet is expanding into corners which used to be unimaginable. The internet is being opened up to any kind of “thing” equipped with suitable technology, so any object with internet connectivity. Every real IoT object has a virtual counterpart. Through this virtual object, the real object can provide information about its own state or its environment to anyone or anything in its network.
Every item in the network is assigned its own unique identity. With the IoT, we therefore not only have person-to-person communication, but also person-to-thing and thing-to-thing. Consequently, these “smart things” can be programmed to organize themselves and exchange information with each other – making human intervention obsolete. Suppose, for example, your car tells the heating in your smart house when it’s time to switch on the heating in the living room. You arrive home to a room already at a comfortable temperature – thanks to the IoT.
The Internet of Things links together machines, tools and systems. Individual processes and entire process chains are automated by individual components talking to each other and aligning themselves. This is particularly relevant for production, warehouse management and logistics. It is also possible to set up virtual interfaces between human and machine, so that your devices and their surroundings from anywhere in the world, can be monitored and controlled from anywhere in the world, over the Internet. Consider the advantages this could offer for e.g. machine maintenance.