The Business of IoT

The Smartest Train in the World

To understand a “smart train,” one must first understand “smart technology.” One source describes smart technology as some that takes “input from somewhere, applies some brainpower, and...Read more

PLCs and the IoT – How Will They Evolve?

One of the most intriguing things about watching a business is the evolution that inevitably takes place. It’s a fantastic bit of truth to know that nothing will ever stat the same. Technology will...Read more

Autonomous Intra-Plant Logistics

In previous posts, we talked about the concept of being remote. Workers can now hold a job and perform various tasks without having to be situated on office grounds or in their cubicles.   Is...Read more

CAPEX and OPEX – The Differences and Advantages

We’ve often stated that business models are always changing. The time comes when old methodology and gadgets wear out their welcome, and companies must alter how they do things to stay in the game....Read more

Asset services for the manufacturing industry

When we think of asset services, we probably picture a finance genius sitting at a desk in a suit and tie talking about retirement savings, stocks and bonds, and everything in-between. Typically,...Read more

How the IIoT Optimizes Production Flow

What is it about the Industrial Internet of Things that’s so special? The fact that it’s a technological revolution? Or that it brings us closer to the future? Or that it builds a world in which...Read more

Process Visualization and Automation

If you can visualize it, you can make it happen. Any great entrepreneur or storyteller will explain that an Academy Award-winning screenplay, global company or superbly-crafted product began with a...Read more

Remote Monitoring

 The “remote” concept goes back to the oldest days of television. People who wanted to change the channel, volume or settings on their tubes could ultimately do so without ever having to get up...Read more

The Smartest Factory in the World 

 Technology is becoming as smart as humans. We now have smart phones, smart homes, and of course, smart factories. The intelligence of any plant, warehouse or manufacturing complex is determined...Read more

Deciding What to Connect: When Everything in Business is Connectable 

“Hello.”   It’s a simple word; a greeting exchanged from one human being to another. It only lasts a second, yet in that short moment, the giver and receiver are somehow connected – joined...Read more

The Smartest City Utilities in the World 

What does it mean to live in a “smart city?” Can it win a spelling bee? Does it speak multiple languages? Can it perform complicated algebra problems or handle a corporate job with ease and gusto?...Read more

Big Data and the IIoT: What’s the Difference?

 “Big data” is a term many of us have grown accustomed to over the last few years. A multitude of companies, large and small, is interested in big data – what it means, what it can do, and how...Read more

The Right Tool for the Job: Building Economical IIoT Systems 

With all the buzz surrounding the Industrial Internet of Things, many businesses have started to weigh the pros and cons of adoption. It’s not an easy decision either - while IIoT systems clearly...Read more

IoT Enables Predictive Maintenance

Predictive maintenance can save a business lots of money. The idea of predictive maintenance goes against measures of preventive maintenance, which is what many enterprises have been utilizing up to...Read more

Food and Beverage Industry - Guarantee Safety and Minimize Waste with IoT

In a globalized world, more and more of the food we eat is produced non-locally. In fact, food and beverage supply chains very often span continents! The food processing industry plays a vital role...Read more

3 Key Learnings from deploying a Smart Manufacturing solution

relayr’s experience with my biggest DACH account - Aluvation - was highlighted as one of three use cases in the keynote “Cross the Threshold Toward Execution: Overcome Your Digital Complex” by Frank...Read more

IIoT Networks: Built to Scale 

Scalability is a major concern among manufacturers, and with good reason. Upgrading production systems is practically synonymous with unavoidable downtime, overblown budgets, and months of headaches....Read more

Your Biggest Competitor is Doing Nothing

No doubt, there are some difficult steps that come with digitizing a company, but sooner or later, one must accept that it’s a process that can’t be avoided. The fact is that business is always...Read more

Top 5 Keynotes on IoT at Cisco Live US 2017

Cisco Live is stocked full of the brightest minds in IoT and digitization - here are the talks you cant afford to miss!   Tim Lyon - ‘IoT Accelerates Business Transformation’ Tim is the Senior...Read more

Series: Modernizing Industry with IIoT, Part 2

As technology progresses, it brings with it both positive and negative aspects. Our world becomes more efficient. Machines take over all the hard jobs, leading the globe into an era of power and...Read more

Real Time Data for Real Results, Part II: Transportation

 In the first installation of our series, we examined some of the advantages of real time data collection and processing that are made possible by IoT and are applicable to a wide range of...Read more

Series: Modernizing Industry with IIoT, Part 1

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is considered one of the most revolutionary leading technologies of economic growth. Aside from creating new markets through the data of a billion connected...Read more

Overcoming the Five Risks of Digitization

The total IoT market size in 2020 was estimated at $151 billion. IoT is promising (even guaranteeing!) the benefits of real-time monitoring, predictive maintenance, increased efficiency, and positive...Read more

The Safer Factory of the Future

It’s no secret workplace accidents can carry a devastating cost. A single workplace accident, even a minor one, can bring production lines to an immediate halt, potentially costing hundreds of...Read more

IOT Opens New Revenue Streams for Businesses

Technology makes things better. Companies become more efficient, people stay connected, and economic prosperity encounters a ray of hope. As consumers, our professional and personal lives become...Read more

Real-Time Data for Real Results

Data is everything. Every company relies on data. From the smallest family businesses to the largest international corporations, data is absolutely vital to the decision making process. If you...Read more

Top 5 Speakers on IoT at Dell EMC World 2017

DELL EMC World is one of the biggest tech events of the year - you can't miss these excellent IoT talks! Kevin Terwilliger - ‘Keys To Successful Enterprise Internet Of Things Initiatives’ Kevin is...Read more

Machine-Learning Series, Part 3

Part Three (final): Removing the Human from Decision-Making   HUMAN INPUT PROBLEMS: HOW BAD ARE THEY? Human error is something we’re constantly having to contend with. Those of us at work often...Read more

Machine-Learning Series, Part 2

Machine-Learning and Anomaly Detection: Stop Problems Before They Start  Part Two: Why Anomaly Detection is the Natural Preceding Step Before Predictive Maintenance   BABY STEPS ...Read more

Machine-Learning Series, Part 1

Machine-Learning and Anomaly Detection: Stop Problems Before They Start  Part One: What does machine-learning have to do with the future of IoT?   Machine-Learning Leads to Anomaly...Read more

Top 5 IIOT Keynotes at Hannover Messe 2017

Hannover Messe is a behemoth in the trade show world - so how do you choose how to spend your time most wisely? We've done the work for you. These are the top five keynote speakers that we think you...Read more

Safety and the IoT: Chemical Tanks

For the purpose of this post, chemical tanks are tanks that hold chemicals for storage, transportation, mixing, processing, controlling, etc. They are made of a variety of materials and sizes,...Read more

OEE, IIoT, and Production lines: 3 Use Cases

How can the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) improve operational efficiencies on production lines in manufacturing? Let's look at saving time, quality control, and safety as use cases. ...Read more

Interoperability for a healthy ecosystem

The Internet of Things has a grand vision: a future where everything is connected. From city buses and power grids to home appliances and personal devices, all of our things will be able talk to each...Read more

Top 30 IoT Influencers of 2017

Want to keep up to date with the latest IoT news and discussions, and get interesting viewpoints and expert analysis on IoT developments? These are the people you need to follow!  We've split...Read more

How IoT Gives Insights Like Nothing Else

Data exists to help businesses strengthen their operations, coordinate with employees, and make important decisions. THE DANGERS OF DATA SILOS That’s why silos can be damaging. When data is placed in...Read more

The Top 20 Online Publications for IoT News

Here are 20 websites (in no particular order) that you might want to follow as you pursue and refine your knowledge of the Internet of Things.   Sensors Online Sensors Online is the place to go...Read more

Why the Time is Ripe for Training to Sell IoT Solutions

Change is appearing on the horizon…   For many years, man did business the “old fashioned way” – customers came in, searched for what they wanted, made their purchases and left. It was an...Read more

Process & Product Quality: IoT Lifetime & Wear-Out Monitoring

 Time and usage based models do not accurately predict the end of life (EOL) of a component or machine as well as physical monitoring because there are too many variables the model cannot...Read more

Approaching an IoT Solution for those New to the Field

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic, but still a very new concept to most engineers, developers, and business owners. If you’ve been wondering how you might benefit from the IoT, whether...Read more

Helping Sales Engineers and Account Managers Sell IoT Solutions

Account Managers and Sales Engineers in the technology industry are always on the lookout for the “next big thing.” Though nearly 20 years old, the Internet of Things has become a priority for...Read more

Explaining the Architecture of the Internet of Things

“Ecosystem” is a term commonly used to describe the architecture of a system, including peripheral components such as the motherboard.  But what components, specifically, are included in the IoT...Read more

IoT, Fog Computing and Real-time Transportation Management

  How can the Internet of Things assist in dramatically improving transport across the world? Let's take a look at fleet management, and how fog computing can reduce inefficiencies at scale....Read more

Industrial Performance Optimization (IPO)

Let's talk about IPO: Industrial Performance Optimization.    In Industry, the general goal of IPO is to achieve optimal performance on the factory floor. Metrics are gathered and then...Read more

Letter to our customers, partners, and iot advocates

Dear relayr customers and partners,   Now that a fantastic and very exciting year has come to a close, I want to extend my sincerest thanks for your unwavering support, update you on all that...Read more

What is the Digital Ceiling?

Cisco coined the term Digital Ceiling as part of its ever-expanding push into the IoT market. The Digital Ceiling means to use the plenum—i.e., the space in the ceiling where the wiring, cabling and...Read more

5 Ways that Smart Shelves Benefit Retailers

Intel says “The shelf has been with us for at least a couple of thousand years, and probably longer.” Now, it’s time for an upgrade…   For many years, retailers have used barcodes to track...Read more

IIoT and OEE in car manufacturing

  Industry Week defines OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) as “How much right-first-time product did this machine produce compared to what it should have produced in the allocated...Read more

IoT and Predictive vs Preventive Maintenance

At an estimated $3.9 trillion dollars, Industry 4.0 / Manufacturing is widely recognized as the industry with the most to gain from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).   Industrial...Read more

How can we use IOT to make cities more energy efficient?

As more and more cities are integrating internet connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT) into their planning, the term “smart city” is becoming more common. By connecting various systems in...Read more

Developers and Engineers

Google Cloud Platform and Sensor Data: a first look

Introduction IoT data usage by 2018 is expected to reach 400 Zettabytes — 10^21– by 2018. Companies looking to leverage IoT data analytics will need to rethink their data center infrastructures and...Read more

DevNet coding camp Calgary: the drive for modernization in Alberta

Introduction relayr was invited by Cisco DevNet to participate in the Automation Coding Bootcamp in Calgary, Alberta (Canada) that took place between Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th of January...Read more

Good documentation: More than just a common courtesy

This week we launched version 2.0 of the relayr Documentation Center. The site was in desperate need of an overhaul: the design didn’t match our branding guidelines, the content was purely...Read more