>>>> >> 8 to 10% How much Italian train sys- tem Trenitalia’s maintenance
costs will be reduced by
adopting Io T technology.
Estimated aggregate annual
revenue in 2020 for vendors
selling Io T hardware, software,
and related services.
WHAT’S TRENDING –
Augmenting workers with smart
glasses will be huge for certain heavy
industries, says Dayna Grayson, a partner
with New Enterprise Associates in
Washington, D.C. Not only will they
record what wearers are seeing, but
in a manufacturing environment, a
mechanic could receive diagnostic data
from such eyewear. They might even
summon experts for certain problems.
DIGITIZED SHOP FLOORS
Digitizing “the last mile of the Industrial
Revolution,” like connecting machines
to Io T applications, is starting to happen,
says Grayson, who envisions improvements in maintenance, worker health
and safety, and energy savings. By
using sensors to monitor machinery,
businesses could shift to repairing
equipment as needed and move away
from maintenance schedules.
“Retailers and other companies are
using smart sensors to keep track of
inventory and to automatically reorder
when more products are needed,”
says Victoria Petrock, a principal analyst
; OFFICE ATMOSPHERE
Air-quality monitors for your workers’
desks are coming, says Jenny Fielding,
managing director at Techstars, and
soon we’ll tweak the room temperature
according to what they find. One Bay
Area startup, Awair, o;ers such
monitors, as well as sensors that cover
broader areas of entire buildings.
Per year potential value of
Io T-related productivity and e;ciency
improvements in factories.
devices, which may be stopped and
started depending on seasonal need,
and related hardware generally cost
$1 to $1.50 per device per day of usage.
Various payment options are available.
And Formlabs, a professional 3-D-
printing company based in Somerville,
Massachusetts, uses devices from
nearby Io T startup Tulip to track the
production of its customized sample
Lakatos. Formlabs’ custom Tulip
setup has a monitor and interface
at every major station on its shop
floors; there they track and record key
company processes. Formlabs has
grown 100 percent each of the past
two years, and with the training time
it’s saving by prerecording instruc-
tions for major tasks, chances are it
will grow even more. Just like the
Io T. —JILL KRASNY
ON THE AIR
Awair measures air quality and makes
recommendations on how to improve it.
THIS LITTLE PIGGY AND THE IN TERNET
Almost all businesses
can benefit from the Io T.
Just ask this pig.
(OK, OK. Ask his owner
PLEASED PORK –
Agricultural uses for
the Io T include sensors that
monitor humidity levels in
trucks transporting pigs, so
drivers can adjust instantly
if they need more
COST SHAVING –
Companies using Io T
sensors and systems
to control heat and
air conditioning usage
in large facilities
can save serious