Some pretty interesting product and systems design information comes across my desk every week. But some things just tend to stand out … like an unmanned ocean-going vessel designed to operate on its own for up to two years while conducting any number of sea-based research projects like storm tracking and ocean floor mapping.
With operating parameters such as this, the automation and control systems onboard have to handle everything from navigation and power management to data collection and communication. On top of all that, the vessel has to generate its own power via wind and solar.
Like I said … interesting stuff. You can learn more about it via the video link below.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. Iíve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
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