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More often than not, when then the internet of things (IoT) is brought up these days, it conjures images of Alexa, Siri and Cortana – personal assistants that can help users turn on a smart light bulb, flick on the oven and get you the day’s news, all in one fell swoop. However, IoT has evolved far beyond consumer-fronted devices in 2019. Increasingly, manufacturers are deploying IoT technology to better facilitate automation and help increase productivity. Car manufacturers, railways and even companies in the food and beverage space are using families of networked sensors, actuators and other devices to collect production data and feed it to the cloud to gather further insight into their system’s efficiency. For factories, Industrial IoT (IIoT) is becoming more and more embedded in ecosystems, thanks to advances in automation, big data analytics and a decrease in the cost of hardware. According to a recent market study by IoT Analytics, global spending on IIoT platforms for the manufacturing industry is predicted to grow from $1.67 billion in 2018 to $12.44 billion in 2024, with 43 percent of businesses using the technology for general process-optimization, and 41 percent for visualization. Companies like Emerson, which specializes in automation solutions, have already helped companies deploy IIoT solutions to boost their efficiency. In one scenario, it recently set up an IIoT edge computing gateway at a manufacturer. The gateway uses sensor data to judge how fast shock…

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