Transforming Manufacturing with the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is having a transformative effect on almost every aspect of CSIAour 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.

CSIA2The 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.

I will be presenting at the Internet of Things North America event, May 14-15, in Milwaukie. Join my Featured Presentation “Embracing IoT Today with End to End Solutions,” May 14th at 9:00 a.m.

Shahram Mehraban

About Shahram Mehraban

Global Head of Energy & Industrial Segments, Intelligent Systems Group INTEL CORPORATION Mehraban currently leads a team of marketing engineers and platform architects to drive solution-centric product innovation in Intel's embedded energy and industrial businesses. In this role he is responsible for setting research directions, conducting comparative qualitative and quantitative research globally, leading new product and solution strategy and definition for Intel in the power and automation industries. Prior to joining Intel in 2000, he held a number of technical marketing and business development roles at Trillium, Glenayre, Nokia and Motorola. Mehraban received his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from University of British Columbia in 1992 and Master's degree in Business Administration from University of Victoria in 1995. He is a self-proclaimed tech enthusiast and early adopter of all types of consumer electronics. He likes to run and watch European soccer on the weekends. Continue the conversation on Twitter, @Intel_Shahram

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