The Internet of Things (IoT) is having a transformative effect on almost every aspect of our industrialized economy, and the manufacturing sector is a prime beneficiary. A few weeks back I attended the Control System Integrators Association Executive Conference (CSIA), an event that seeks to advance business practices of control system integration. The CSIA members are predominantly control systems integrators (SIs) in various industrial fields, and ranged from Enterprise Resource Planning and Cloud Solutions to complete DCS/SCADA Systems, PLC, Sensor and RFID technology providers. We talked with system integrators who had advanced customers such as Ford to smaller companies. Our goal was to better understand the challenges this group face and align our technologies and solutions to meet their needs. We believe the SI community plays a major role in IoT adoption for manufacturing and it was exciting for my team and me to meet several prominent SIs in person.
As a building block provider to the industrial and manufacturing sector, my team is focused on providing building block solutions for optimizing factory efficiency, security, and system consolidation. This last piece was of great interest to the SIs we talked with – Intel now offers the Intel® Industrial Solutions System Consolidation Series – a pre-integrated, pre-validated virtualization solution that reduces the cost and complexity of development cycles and accelerates time to market of high-performance, virtualized industrial systems.
The event gave plenty of opportunity for networking with the systems integrators as well as some of ecosystem companies such as Siemens, GE, Rockwell, B&R and Advantech, who were displaying their products at the event. Our team also had on hand a sample of the Intel® Industrial Solutions System Consolidation Series, which we launched earlier this year at Embedded World. We received lots of interest from this community as they’re seeing more and more requirements for embedded virtualization from their customer base. I really look forward to the CSIA 2015 event!
Contact me via Twitter @Intel_Shahram with any questions you may have.