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IoT must have the proper mindset and infrastructure

Everybody is trying to put a stake in the ground as far as IoT is concerned, or at least it sure feels that way. Dell is no exception, and they’re putting their money (and their servers and gateways) where their mouth is.

Dell recently released a bunch of information that helps developers get on track in their IoT designs, especially those related to manufacturing. In fact, they’re going one step further and have developed products that are aimed at “smart manufacturing.” Smart manufacturing is made possible due to advances in sensor technology, better analytics tools, easy access to increased amounts of storage, and higher performance computing.

Dell breaks the thinking for smart manufacturing into two primary areas— and . To be in the proper mindset, there are a host of techniques to apply, including predictive maintenance, quality control, automated process management, and supply-chain visibility

Infrastructure is more obvious. You need to have the right components in place to have an effective IoT system. In general, that includes the three positions, each of which can contain almost any level of processing capability: the , where data is obtained; the , which can either be a processing point or a simple pass-through, and the , which also can be a processing point, including the analytics, as well as the place where the bulk of the data is retained.

A big catch to each of these segments is the security that’s offered. In other words, it must be secure. Easier said than done of course, but nonetheless, of the utmost importance.

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