The Internet of Things is all about connecting things that weren't connected before. So where are we in this digital evolution, and what's to come in the future?  

In the video below, you can watch Bryce Barnes, Cisco's Senior Manager of Machine and Robot Segment deliver his keynote presentation at the [MC]2 Conference 2015 on Manufacturing and the Internet of Everything. Barnes will be speaking this year at the [MC]2 Conference this April 19-21 at the Intercontinental Dallas where he and Dave Edstrom will discuss the current state of plant security and existing threats; run through a brief security tutorial, and address step-by-step, in layman’s terms, how to make a shop/plant secure from both cyber and physical standpoints.
Right now, there are 13 billion connected things, and technology powers 80% of business processes. There is currently more data created in one year than in the previous 5,000 years, and we're at the bottom of a curve that is about to take off like never before.

There are many advantages to building a connected digital manufacturing enterprise. It can address the challenges of agile operations, cost-saving benefits, and risk & compliance. Similar to software, we are moving toward "machine as a service" - where machine builders will be challenged to create technology that has the ability to communicate and integrate seamlessly into a factory. The companies who will be the winners are the ones who can figure out data-driven manufacturing - understanding the value of connecting their assets and understanding the value of data collection and analysis. 

In this edition of IMTSTV, Tim Shinbara, Vice President – Manufacturing Technology, AMT, speaks with Cisco’s Bryce Barnes at the [MC]2 Conference.

During his 15 years at Cisco, Barnes led the OEM Machine Segment and helped to define Cisco’s vision of the Internet of Things (IoT). “The next Industrial Revolution will be data-driven,” Barnes said. “Those companies that embrace that will prosper, and those who don’t will be left behind.”


In order to create a manufacturing process that you can extract data from, Barnes says it needs to be physically open, extensible and secure. The first question to answer is do you use a proprietary or open standard of communication. Next, make sure it is repeatable and scalable. Once you have both of those building blocks, you may then think of ways to secure the environment and build a strategy that produces value. Another topic discussed was using data as part of the design process. “Historically manufacturing systems that have been designed with process and control in mind, and then communications and data, have almost been an afterthought,” Barnes said. “What we really have in mind, is to bring data, communications, process, and control all together in one design process.”

The most challenging part of this is not to decide how to accomplish this, but who should accomplish it. Whether it’s a data scientist or a team of people with many skills, determining the right way to implement your data strategy requires forethought and potentially new hires.

Cisco, as Barnes explains, is the ideal company to assist manufacturers with the next Industrial Revolution because they have already done it in the IT world. “We are really just connecting the silos, processed data, and communications and bringing it together in an integrative fabric and design, all at once.”

Watch the videos above to hear more from Bryce Barnes about how the Internet of Things is transforming manufacturing.

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