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  • Should Manufacturing Applications Be Hosted on the Cloud?
    Published September 2018
    Social, mobility, analytics and cloud (SMAC) technologies have dominated discussions in recent days, with companies increasingly adopting these trends to improve productivity and reduce cost in smart factories. Most major software providers offer cloud-based options, and organizations must assess whether applications and infrastructure can be moved to the cloud, and whether they can achieve a return on investment. SunPower's Nikhil Padhi provides a broad-level evaluation approach. (14 pages)
  • Selecting a Manufacturing Execution System for a Smart Factory
    Published September 2018
    Manufacturing execution systems (MES) are a key application for smart factories. Many companies opt for a home-grown system so they can map custom business process steps, but in recent years, there has been a strong adoption of packaged MES technologies. One challenge has been how to select the appropriate MES. SunPower's Nikhil Padhi outlines several key elements to consider during selection. (14 pages)
  • Leveraging Robots in Smart Factories
    Published September 2018
    Robots and robotic automation are key components of a smart factory. As factories become smarter, robots and resulting automation will play an important role in enhancing productivity and reducing costs. This paper from Nikhil Padhi provides a high-level approach for robotic automation within a factory. (10 pages)
  • Creating a Digital Strategy for Manufacturing
    Published August 2018
    A growing number of businesses are embarking on their digital journey, including manufacturing-driven companies. Digital technologies such as automation, robots, advanced analytics, the Internet of Things, virtual reality, 3D printing and more have the potential to transform factories. This paper, written by Nikhil Padhi, answers some relevant questions that plants may face during planning and execution. (8 pages)
  • Using Blockchain Technology to Secure the Internet of Things
    Published February 2018
    The CSA's Internet of Things Working Group and the Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Working Group explore the capabilities of blockchain technology in improving IoT security. This report highlights features that should be considered when securing connected devices using blockchain, provides an overview of the technology and outlines a set of architectural patterns that enable it to be used to secure IoT capabilities. (26 pages)
  • 2018 Thales Data Threat Report
    Published January 2018
    Thales and 451 Research provide a report on recent trends in encryption and data security, including big data, the Internet of Things, software-as-a-service, containers and blockchain. (32 pages)
  • Ensure Interworking Between Multiple Contactless Card Emulation Environments
    Published January 2018
    This white paper, from the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, GlobalPlatform and the NFC Forum, provides an overview of the standardized solution defined in the GlobalPlatform Managing Entity specification (GPC ME) and the related HCI and HCI specifications. The architecture, main interfaces and role of the GlobalPlatform Managing Entity are described. (20 pages)
  • Designing E-Paper Displays for IoT Applications
    Published November 2017
    Pervasive Displays discusses how e-paper displays can be built into Internet of Things devices. The bistable nature of e-paper minimizes power consumption with regard to changing display information, and fits with such wireless protocols as BLE and ZigBee, enabling devices to maximize the time they spend in sleep mode. E-paper works well with Near Field Communication since it can run off RF energy scavenged from an NFC reader, enabling battery-less designs. (12 pages)
  • Securing the Enterprise of Things
    Published October 2017
    The Internet of Things has the potential to be the next great computing era. 451 Research, in a white paper commissioned by BlackBerry, discusses the results of a survey of 200 IT de¬cision-makers responsible for endpoint decisions in their organizations. The appeal of unifying all enterprise endpoint security and management within a single system via the IoT is strong, but some challenges still remain. (17 pages)
  • The State of the Medical Device Industry: Enabling a Smart Inventory System to Automate Field Inventory Management
    Published October 2017
    With more than 6,500 medical device companies and a growing amount of inventory being transported in the field on a daily basis, gaining real-time visibility of inventory is vital. While many solutions exist for managing critical supplies, a fully connected, smart inventory-management system presents the most proactive solution for automating inventory management. Terso Solutions explains how, with the rapid growth of IoT and RFID technologies, a feasible solution can be applied to the health-care medical device markets. (8 pages)
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