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50 INTECH MAY/JUNE 2017 WWW.ISA.ORG ABOUT THE AUTHOR Maciej Kranz (mkranz@ cisco.com), vice presi- dent, Strategic Innova- tions Group at Cisco, is deeply involved in accel - erating strategic innova- tion powered by IoT. He has written a definitive book on how to imple - ment and capture the unprecedented value of IoT. The first of its kind, Building the Internet of Things, gets past the hype to guide organiza - tions across industries through the IoT journey. When all the devices in a plant or oil rig—or any facility—are networked, you suddenly have a win- dow into every part of the operation. For example, by connecting assembly lines in 20 plants, and then connecting those plants to its enterprise network, a major manufacturer was able to: n reduce its inventory cycle from 120 days to 82 days n reduce rejected parts by 50 percent n increase on-time delivery from about 80 percent to 98 percent n reduce capital expenses by 30 percent Remote operations Once you have connected devices on one IP net- work, adding remote monitoring or asset manage- ment capabilities is a logical next step. This is by far the most popular use case. Here is one example: A dairy company in India was plagued by frequent power outages and began remotely monitoring the freezers in its 150 ice cream stores. The sys - tem sends alerts when the temperature in a freezer goes up. It even suggests actions to take, such as closing the freezer door or turning on the genera - tor. The company began realizing a payback within a month and saw a fivefold return on its invest - ment within 13 months. Predictive analytics According to Vernon Turner of IDC, less than 1 per- cent of data generated today is being analyzed. That is a lot of data going to waste! Predictive analytics can help you sort and understand what is coming in, so you can take intelligent actions. For example, my own employer, Cisco, has deployed sensors coupled with energy analytics software in manufacturing plants, reducing energy consumption by 15 to 20 percent. Predictive maintenance You can also use sensors and analytics capabili- ties to predict when a part is about to fail, so you can fix it proactively. Global mining company Rio Tinto uses sensors to monitor the condition of its vehicles, identifying maintenance needs before they become problems—and saves $2 million a day every time it avoids a breakdown. These four well-proven scenarios are ideal candidates to help you get started on IoT proj - ects. Armed with an early success, you can then build momentum and tackle even more trans - formative IoT solutions. n From automation to IoT: Four ways to get started By Maciej Kranz the final say | Views from Automation Leaders D uring the past few years, you may have heard a lot of hype about the Internet of Things (IoT)—billions of sensors, cameras, and machines connecting to produce trillions of dollars in potential value. And perhaps you have wondered how much of it is real, how much is a futuristic pipe dream, and what it all has to do with you and your business. I have met with dozens of companies around the world and in every industry over the past decade to help them implement IoT. Many are curious about IoT, but are confused about how they can implement IoT solutions for business impact. As an automa- tion professional, you may already have some of the building blocks of IoT in place. However, to make IoT solutions scalable and sustainable, you will have to build a foundation based on two important enablers: n Migrate to open, standards-based solutions. Ear ly automation efforts were built on proprietary technologies, but today most vendors have be- gun to integrate standard Ethernet and Internet Protocol (IP) technologies into their offerings. Converging all your devices on one open, uni- fied, standards-based network is a cost-effective and scalable way to connect them—and the key to unlocking the revenue potential of IoT. n Remove organizational silos, and open up com- munication and collaboration between informa- tion technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). Today, any organization that begins an IoT deployment will likely bump up against a funda- mental disconnect between IT and OT. Increas- ingly, however, leaders in both camps are rec- ognizing the need to share responsibility for IoT solutions and work together to align the technol- ogy and business agendas across the enterprise. As you begin addressing these issues, you will soon be ready to start your IoT journey. But how? I have learned from the many customers I have worked with that it is usually best to begin with a small, well-defined project that improves efficiency and productivity around existing processes. I have seen countless organizations, large and small, en - joy early success in their IoT journeys by taking one of the following "fast paths" to IoT payback. Connected operations Begin by connecting existing devices to your unified IP network and adjusting your business process to take advantage of these newly connected things.

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