The opportunities presented by the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) may be new, but Wind River® has been providing the intelligence that powers interconnected, automated systems for decades. In highly regulated industries and mission-critical applications—where security is paramount and failure is not an option—Wind River delivers intelligence where it's needed, supplying the foundation that enables IoT networks and connected devices to perform reliably, safely, and efficiently.
Early adopters of the Internet of Things (IoT), sometimes referred to as Industry 4.0, the industrial and energy markets understand the role that IoT can play in transforming business. These industries have been incorporating sensors and automation into workflows for decades, yet less than 10 percent of their legacy systems are connected, leaving data locked away in devices and equipment, from HVAC sensors to manufacturing robots to building elevators. Once connected, operators can track output based on real-time and trended data analysis to optimize for power efficiency, performance, and operational life.
Smart IoT devices will manage the distribution of energy across the smart grid based on real-time data and provide situational awareness. They will also converge once-siloed systems and allow for communication across the factory floor to IT and management. In addition to transforming existing operations through productivity gains and economies of scale, IoT presents entirely new lines of business and services otherwise not possible.
Increasingly sophisticated advances in medical technology are yielding life-enhancing benefits for patients and providers alike. Yet as they strive to deliver high-quality products, device manufacturers face mounting challenges. The Internet of Things presents hundreds of opportunities for improving treatment and services in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and homes. Cloud-connected smart devices will give manufacturers an alternative means of collecting, compiling, and analyzing precise and objective data on device performance, thereby reducing the time and expense of trial and accelerating time-to-market.
All modes of mass transit increasingly rely on data and automated decisions to ensure safe and predictable service, as well as optimal equipment utilization. The Internet of Things (IoT) plays an increasingly important role in everything from operating trains to assigning tracks to entertaining passengers. IoT affects entire ecosystems and their operational procedures, from the transportation department to the operator to the supplier. Vehicles can communicate with each other—plane-to-plane to report turbulence, or bus-to-bus to report traffic delays—as well as with cloud-based central control systems tracking their movements. With tighter collaboration and increased access to critical information, transportation systems operate more reliably and safely.