Category: IIoT

Belden intros Single Pair Ethernet connectivity line to enable IIoT, Industry 4.0

Global network and digitization solutions supplier Belden on Jan. 13 announced the introduction of its new Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) line of connectivity products.
The new Belden SPE portfolio includes: IP20-rated PCB jack, patch cords and cordsets for clean-area connections. IP65/IP67-rated circular M8/M12 patch cords, cordsets and receptacles for reliable field device industrial Ethernet connections.
The products are designed to optimize Ethernet connection possibilities in harsh environments, including industrial and transportation operations.

The optical fiber that keeps data safe even after being twisted or bent

Physicists at the University of Bath in the UK have developed a new kind of fiber designed to enhance the robustness of networks. This robustness could prove to be especially important in the coming age of quantum networks. The team has fabricated optical fibers that can protect light using the mathematics of topology. Best of all, these modified fibers are easily scalable, meaning the structure of each fiber can be preserved over thousands of kilometers.

What’s the Deal with Industry 4.0 (and How Do We Deal with It)?

As industrial revolutions go, Industry 4.0 is decidedly different. Whereas the three preceding industry disruptions focused on making the production process faster and more efficient, the fourth Industrial Revolution is about connecting people, information and processes. As such, it has the potential to radically alter not just the business of manufacturing, but how enterprises of all kinds operate.

Carrie Goetz authors book offering guidance on data center careers

Information and communications technology (ICT) expert Carrie Goetz has authored a book with the intention of guiding professionals into careers in technology and data centers. Jumpstart Your Career in Data Centers is available for order in Kindle, paperback, and hardback versions. The book carries the tagline: Featuring Careers for Women, Trades, and Vets in Tech and Data Centers.
When announcing the book’s availability, Goetz said, “New to the industry, considering it, or want to know about the rest of it? This is for you—degree or no degree.” She added that the book is peer-reviewed and it “bridges the gap between IT and facilities. It takes a holistic approach to explaining mission-critical data centers, from site selection to the cloud and all things in between.

From the factory to the field: AgTech comes of age

With the world’s population on track to reach 9.7 billion people by 2050, farmers will need to grow twice the amount of food they do today to avoid scarcity issues and social disruption. Agriculture technology or “AgTech” will play a pivotal role in alleviating the building pressure on farmers to produce more by providing improved control and real-time data insights of farming operations for more efficient management of crops, resources, and livestock.
A product of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), AgTech refers to the use of connected technology in agriculture, horticulture, and aquaculture. It empowers farmers to operate “smarter,” leading to higher revenues, lower costs, and increased margins. Like the IIoT, AgTech seeks to do more with less in leveraging a cross-section of networked devices to uncover ways to boost productivity without burdening already overtaxed natural resources.