F1 Racing Details a Real-Life Example of the IIoT

During an F1 race sensors in the car constantly communicate with the track, the pit crew, a team of engineers and the onsite broadcast crew. The immense volume of real-time data is put into predictive intelligence models and used for race strategy and car servicing. Data analysis and two-way communication happen simultaneously to create a competitive edge that can turn a losing car into a winner.

In many ways, the factory floor or industrial facility is like an F1 race car. Hundreds of sensors and machines generate more and more data. If you could input this data to the right decision-makers in a timely and easily decipherable way, how could your business be transformed? Could you improve reliability, efficiency, safety and production?

Some F1 teams are already transferring their knowledge to other industries. For example, Conoco Philips is testing this approach on oil rigs with assistance from the British automaker McLaren.

Five Ways to Move Forward on the IIoT

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) enables the connectivity that allows businesses to gather greater insights and make data-driven decisions to achieve greater results. Though we don’t know all the applications that our businesses will build on the IIoT, there are two things we do know for certain:

  • More and more devices will connect to our industrial networks.
  • More and more data will cross the network to feed business applications and provide finer-grained control.

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Splice-On Connectors – 6 Reasons to Consider

A new connector technology combination utilizing the benefits of both fusion splicing with the simplicity of a field-installable connector to better our options for field-termination: the splice-on connector. Technicians are embracing the splice-on connector for aggressive plant environments, data centers and MDU (multi-dwelling unit) networks.

A splice-on connector uses a fusion splicer to permanently join a fiber stub inside the connector with a fiber cable. The splice is protected inside the boot of the connector, replacing the need for traditional pigtails as the splice is contained within the connector.

As splice-on connectors become more popular, here are a few reasons why you may want to consider them for your network:

1. Fewer Materials and Components Required
2. Better Insertion Loss and Return Loss Performance over Mechanical Splice Connectors
3. Installation Flexibility
4. Generic Requirements (GR) for Outdoor Environments
5. Successful-Splice Notification
6. Significant Price Decreases

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ICS “Subversive Six” – the unseen risks within industrial infrastructures

Sean McBride aka self-described “Mr. Potatohead” delivered a keynote address at Belden’s annual Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure Design Seminar (IEIDS).

Sean is the lead analyst for critical infrastructure at iSight, specializing in securing industrial control systems (ICS) and operations environments.

Sean gave an excellent keynote drawn both his life experiences in the Idaho potato industry, and from his years in forensic and analyst work to help secure critical infrastructure and industrial control systems.

Sean masterfully wove his talk from the fields of Idaho to the control floor of industrial businesses. Speaking from experience, he highlighted the potentially “unseen” risks within potato farming and harvesting processes

  • Unauthenticated protocols
  • Outdated Hardware
  • Weak Password Management
  • Weak File Integrity Checks
  • Vulnerable Windows Operating Systems
  • Undocumented Third Party Relationships

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Consequences of Using the Wrong Cable in Your Industrial Application

Many manufacturers often try to save money by purchasing cabling products with a minimal up-front cost (and less features) and simply don’t meet the requirements of the application. In the end, this can result in an unwanted expensive mistake.

While savings on the front-end are tempting, there are many ways that the wrong cables can end up costing you much more in the long term. How? These cables simply cannot withstand the environmental conditions they face each day.

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RED EPIC-W and the newest WEAPON

New from RED Digital Cinema: the RED EPIC-W and the newest WEAPON. The cameras feature the compact and intuitive design of the DSMC2™ form factor and the new HELIUM™ 8K S35 sensor. HELIUM – RED’s latest sensor technology – allows for higher resolution in an S35 frame, while maintaining the superior dynamic range found in the award-winning RED DRAGON sensor.

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Cheap Patch Cords = POOR Return Loss and Near-End-Cross-Talk

In the quest to save money, it is common for network managers to consider low-quality, cheap alternative patch cords. But not all patch cords are created equal and cheap patch cords may not match standards, causing unwanted signal degradation.

As the number of network-connected devices continues to increase, the numbers of patch cords being used is also on the rise. This small component makes a big difference (and can potentially cause big problems) in network performance.

Low-quality, cheap patch cords are often the cause of reliability issues in high-speed channels. When something changes in the channel, the link need to be re-established. A cheap patch cord may dramatically change the channel, resulting in performance problems. If this type of cord is bumped or moved, a change in the channel occurs. The link drops, and the DSP must re-establish the link. One bad patch cord can cause performance delays for end-users, leading to frustration and network problems. Cheap patch cords can be the weakest link in a high-speed channel…full article