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Jul 18 2014

ARC Advisory Group contributes thoughts and resource on IoT

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Networking

For the last week, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been both a central and peripheral topic for Standard Talks. While we always strive for breadth in our talking points, Automation World's recent column from ARC Advisory Group Vice President In the article, Polsonetti shares her thoughts on the contrasts between the Machine to Machine (M2M) capabilities and future Cloud benefits within the automation industry. Previously, we shared opinions on Cloud integration that could be described as cautiously optimistic at best. Polsonetti, however, sounds very direct in her predictions of M2M technology becoming a thing of the past.

Image via ARC Advisory Group

'The M2M market’s sustained inability to realize its forecast growth potential, and the reasons for that failure, provide telling indicators of the true differences between IoT and M2M. Though M2M solutions offer remote access to machine data, these data are traditionally targeted at point solutions in service management applications. Rarely, if ever, are the data integrated with enterprise applications to help improve overall business performance.
Integration of device and sensor data with big data, analytics and other enterprise applications is a core concept behind the emerging Internet of Things. This integration is key to achieving numerous benefits throughout the manufacturing enterprise and, ultimately, growth in the marketplace.'
–via Automation World

Similarly, ARC Advisory Group made available their 'Planning of the Industrial Internet of Things' white paper earlier this year, which Polsonetti contributed to as well. Here, the forecast of Cloud-based technology is a bit more sympathetic toward the security concerns that still remain central to its implementation. The paper is viewable below.

While we may put this topic to bed for a while, it is a continuing Industry conversation whose implications will likely continue to be seen here, whether we're directly addressing it or not.