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  • 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)
  • RFID in the Beverage Industry
    Published May 2018
    Coca-Cola recently tested a new drink dispenser called Coca-Cola Freestyle. Utilizing technologies similar to those used to deliver precise doses of drugs, a single Freestyle unit can dispense more than 100 different beverages. Jadak explains how the system, which employs RFID-enabled cartridges, can detect supply levels and transmit data for re-stocking purposes. (6 pages)
  • Seizing The IoT Opportunity Requires Mastering Network Essentials
    Published May 2018
    The Internet of Things presents an historic opportunity for mobile network operators, but the path to capitalizing on the IoT has its own unique challenges due the unprecedented requirements from the IoT's structure and scale. Enabling tens of billions of tiny devices to stream data to the cloud and allowing enterprises to manage untold gigabytes of data introduces unique processes, service improvements, connections and business relationships between network operators and their customers and partners. Kerlink explains how the IoT can cause businesses, farms, cities and government agencies to experience tremendous operational improvements and a renaissance of innovation.
  • IoT-Enabled Platform for Planning and Designing of Smart Cities Infrastructure
    Published October 2017
    The Internet of Things uses analytics to predict and control the future, and comprises sensors, actuators, communications, connectivity, data analytics, security domains and smart applications that can be delivered to Web and mobile interfaces. Dr. A.N. Sarkar discusses the scope and opportunities of IoT-enabled platforms for the purpose of using this as a planning tool, and for the designing and building of basic infrastructure for smart cities. (36 pages)
  • The Impact of the IoT Demystified
    Published July 2017
    The Internet of Things is a modern-day buzzword expected to have a profound impact on society. But what is it, exactly? How will it be used and what impact will it have? Will it be helpful? Who will be the winners—and the losers? In this white paper, Qorvo's Cees Links provides an overview of what the IoT stands for and how it can have a strong impact on society. (8 pages)
  • RFID: Transformative Technology
    Published April 2017
    Radley Corp. explains why RFID technology provides a competitive advantage in the manufacturing sector. With realistic goals, a committed team and knowledgeable vendors, manufacturers can trust that incorporating RFID into their business is a viable option to help them stand out from the competition and succeed. (10 pages)
  • Securing the Internet of Things: A Collaborative & Shared Responsibility
    Published March 2017
    The Online Trust Alliance has released its fourth in a series of vision papers. This report, released in recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, outlines the imperative actions that businesses, consumers and governments must take in order to ensure the security, privacy and vitality of IoT devices. (4 pages)
  • How the Internet of Things Is Helping to Prevent Legionnaires; Disease
    Published February 2017
    Griswold Water Systems recently implemented IoT-based methods to prevent outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease. GWS has found a new, chemical-free way to treat the water used in cooling towers for commercial buildings. It replaced antiquated treatment methods with connected sensors, powered by Autodesk, that purify the water with electric fields. The process uses 28 percent less water and can save its customers more than $25,000 annually. (4 pages)
  • Simplifying the IoT: Connecting, Commissioning and Controlling With Near Field Communication
    Published June 2016
    Eventually, most devices will be interconnected to collect sensor data or enable control of the smart-home environment. In the future, PCs and mobile phones could become outnumbered by small "headless" devices with limited or no user interface. The NFC Forum describes how Near Field Communication specifications will help developers and manufacturers to bring the Internet of Things' benefits to where people live, work and play. (14 pages)
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