MTConnect Conference Opens with Focus on the Industrial IoT

[MC]2, the annual conference on the MTConnect interoperability standard for manufacturing equipment, opened yesterday with a keynote address by Cisco's Bryce Barnes, who outlined the principles that will drive the industrial "Internet of Things."

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Bryce Barnes, Cisco's Senior Manager of Machine and Robot Segment, gave the keynote address to kick off the [MC]2 Conference at Chicago's McCormick Place conference center. The [MC]2 Conference is an annual event dedicated to MTConnect, the open-source interoperability standard for manufacturing equipment. The theme of this year's conference  (April 28-30, 2015) is transforming a business with data-driven manufacturing and the industrial Internet of Things.

In his introduction, Barnes cited this definition of the Internet of Things: it is the intelligent connectivity of smart devices by which objects can sense one another and communicate, thus changing how, where and by whom decisions about our physical world are made. He noted that MTConnect is an enabling technology for the Internet of Things in manufacturing.

Specifically, Barnes outlined the main principles that give the emerging industrial Internet of Things the power to "connect the unconnected" in the factory environment. He explained that this universal industrial network will be open, secure and extensible.

It will be built around open software architecture, open protocols and open data models. Proprietary elements will not be allowed to create barriers for users or developers of applications operating in the Internet of Things.

It will be layered, context-driven and identity-based. This structure will minimize risks to data that is transmitted, stored and analyzed, largely by cloud-based applications.

It will provide pathways by which systems, hardware, data, software and protocols can grow and be renewed.

Barnes predicted that sensors will continue to proliferate on and in factory machines so that operators can take actions to keep production equipment running.

For more information about the conference go to mc2conference.com.

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