The machine revolution

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In recent years the most disruptive technologies have made our pockets and wrists their home, which is in stark contrast to the preceding decades, when their influence was confined to industry. Our smart watches, smartphones, smartglasses and other gadgets have blazed a trail for new technology, but abandoned the manufacturing process to the automation that transformed it decades ago, and a few robots that took over some of the plants in more recent times. However, the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) is going to change all this.

A commercial airplane used to generate a mere 30Kb of information on each flight, but today the sensors built into the engines can generate more than 500Gb of data. This means that we can know more about how it works, its performance and how each of the things we make can be improved, opening the door to further innovation, efficiency and more profitable businesses.

Change the world

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El modelo a seguir es el de los ordenadores personales, móviles y el internet. Nuestros teléfonos a menudo reciben molestos mensajes de actualizaciones que nos fastidian cuando llegan pero que suponen mejoras para nuestros dispositivos y sus funcionalidades. Traslademos ese mismo modelo a otro elemento común de nuestro día a día como el coche. Tras sacar el vehículo del concesionario, ¿cada cuánto se actualiza para mejorar su rendimiento? Nunca. Y la planta de producción donde se montó el coche, ¿Cada cuánto?

It is modelled on the development of personal computers and the Internet. Our phones often receive irritating messages about updates that annoy us when they arrive, but which bring improvements for our devices and their operation. We can now transfer this same approach to other elements of our daily lives, such as our cars. After collecting our car from the dealer, how often do we update it to improve its performance? Never. And the factory that made the car? How often?
Industry as we know it is about to change, and the world with it. IoT will be the most important driver of this change, and the main players in world industry are well aware of this fact. According to a survey carried out at the World Economic Forum, 72% of senior executives believe that the Industrial Internet will be revolutionary. Based on one of its studies, Accenture claims that the industrial IoT will generate 14,000 million dollars in 2030.

IoT Solutions World Congress

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The drivers of this machine revolution are the tiny elements called sensors, and they will make this transformation possible. These simple little devices are able to communicate without cables and be integrated into more or less complex systems. They are responsible for providing the information which is needed, once analysed, to generate such enormous financial and functional benefits.

As a new and innovative sector, there is a lot to do and to define, so Fira de Barcelona has taken the step of organising the first international congress on Industrial IoT, the Internet of Things Solutions World Congress, which will be held between the 15th and 17th of September 2015 with the Industrial Internet Consortium, the main international association of the sector, and will bring together world-renowned experts and companies such as Accenture, General Electric, IBM or Intel, among others.

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