Next Wave IIoT-Related Business Developments

Today we welcome guest blog author Greg Conary, Senior Vice President of Strategy at Schneider Electric, a Belden partner. Originally posted on Schneider’s blog, the article offers expertise we think you’ll find valuable.

Its is quite clear that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the future of industry. By now we have covered the point that IIoT is, in fact, not hype. For end users and OEMs, the IIoT, cloud and big data analytics are creating very real business opportunities.

IIoT not only amplifies the communication between machines and people – it is facilitating the next wave of value-added customized business services. ARC Advisory Group reports that 30 percent of end users and OEMs are already actively using IIoT tools or investing in projects. With OEMs for example, according to ARC, “IIoT provides new visibility that enables value-added services, competitive advantage for product design, and revenue growth. Adoption is no longer an option.”

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Can Silicon Photonics Transform Data Centers?

Newish on the data-transmission scene, silicon photonics is an electrifying technology that promises inexpensive, mass-produced optical components through photonics integration – it transfers data among computer chips by optical rays that transports more data in less time than electrical conductors. Since the first commercial product was introduced in 2005, the last decade has seen remarkable progress in technology and development.

A main application area for silicon photonics is cloud data centers, whose footprints continue to grow substantially to accommodate massive amounts of servers and switches. Starting in 2016, many hyperscale cloud content and service providers, such as Facebook and Microsoft, began deploying 100G Ethernet using singlemode optics-based infrastructure in their new data centers to bolster up business growth.

100G Ethernet data center deployment has drawn attention to silicon photonics; many of these singlemode transceiver modules are made with silicon photonics technology.

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Is Industrial Wireless Technology Dependable for Your Operations?

Wireless technology is entwined with daily life. Chances are, you’re reading this very post on a smartphone, laptop or tablet connected to Wi-Fi, right? Before that, you likely perrused your email, favourite news sites or other sources of information without giving a second thought.

The days of landlines and DSL have mostly faded from our daily lives.

If you are reading this in an office setting – on a desktop computer or a docked laptop – you are still “plugged-in” to a wired internet connection.

In an age where you can turn your home thermostat up while you’re sitting kilometres away in your office, why are businesses so reluctant to take advantage of these advances, especially in industrial settings?

Often, it comes down to one thing: reliability.

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U.S. Water Utility Rupture and ICS Cyber Security Lessons Acquired

Industrial control systems (ICS) are the workhorses of our world, and becoming more internet-connected, more virtualized in most cases, and remotely more accessible by the day. Gartner Research indicates 5.5 million devices were added per day in 2016, a pace that excellerates to an estimated 21+ billion internet-connected “things” running our world by 2020.

Security experts worry that the increase dependence on internet-connected devices is outpacing our ability to seal them. This is especially true within industrial and critical infrastructure because cyber threats could result in physical disruption, loss of availability and even risk to public safety.

Many ICS professionals continue to feel that the actual danger to plant operations and industrial automation are minimal given highly purpose-built industrial equipment, specialized communications protocols, air gaps and unique automation systems and processes. Unfortunately, that’s not what the data shows.

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Ethernet Speeds Ascend in MTDCs, Enterprise and Hyperscale Data Centers

In 2012, 25G Ethernet distribution began – since then, the industry’s prime players have been innovating and collaborating to execute your demands for more bandwidth with higher-performance transmission technology.

Driven by the expanding cloud ecosystem, data centers have become the rapidly-growing Ethernet market. They’re the center of many technology innovations – especially hyperscale data centers. According to the Cisco VNI Forecast, global data center traffic is increasing with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25% (33% CAGR in cloud data centers and 5% CAGR in traditional data centers).

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4 Elements that Jolt Network Bandwidth

Ponder about the streets you commute every day. What would occur if the traffic engineers who designed these roadways did not take into account the numbers of cars travelling on them, road width and the number of lanes? They would not be able to accommodate a certain amount of traffic at a certain average speed. Traffic would be a disaster, there would be bottlenecks and hold ups, and it would be hard to get where you needed to be.

The same holds true for your network – it’s only as adequate as the planning that goes into it. Different types of applications require different network bandwidth levels. Each task fulfilled using your network takes up network bandwidth, with many bits per second navigating across the network. Knowing and how much bandwidth each application uses is key to ensuring the functionality, reliability and speed of your network.

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TIA acknowledges Direct-Connect Termination Method

The industry acquired some great news: The TIA TR-42.7 subcommittee consented to incorporate modular plug terminated links (also known as “direct connect”) in a TIA-568.2-D normative annex. The annex provides assistance to IT professionals to ensure a proper direct-connect cabling arrangement. Many Belden staff are closely involved with the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), holding many leadership positions within the organization. We are constantly looking out for the ICT industry, searching for ways to boost existing technology and streamline installation – which is why we presented the issue to TIA and lead the effort to have the direct-connect termination method fully supported.

What does this mean? RJ45 modular plugs can be terminated straight onto horizontal cabling and measured in the field. It allows an assortment of devices, such as wireless access points, surveillance cameras and HDBaseT monitors, to be plugged without the need for an outlet and a patch cord.

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LEMO B Series Online@JAYCOR

The LEMO B Series offers a modular, ergonomic, rugged and trustworthy circular multipole connector for applications needing quick and secure Push-Pull latching. It is an ideal choice for test and measurement, instrumentation, medical devices, research and audio/video applications.

The modular insert configurations comprise of a wide range of high-density multi-pole or hybrid electrical contacts. Contacts can be of solder type, crimp, PCB straight or PCB elbow, fibre, coaxial, thermocouple, pneumatic, fluidic or even high voltage type of contact.

Access an extensive range of the LEMO B Series connectors online with JAYCOR’s dynamic e-catalogue. Filter connector combinations by size, model, keying option, number of contacts and many other variables to suite your requirements. Check stock availability, pricing and order online.

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Ethernet Trends for Data Centre Technology

40G and 100G Ethernet technology is no longer a distant vision for data centers – it is reality. As data centers of all types continue to expand in terms of traffic and size, 100G is set to become the new standard for high bandwidth and intelligent architecture. It will take some time to develop industry-wide, but 100G is well on its way.

In the initial development of 40G and 100G Ethernet, the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet working group considered only multimode optics and multimode fiber cable solutions (with a reach of up to 150m for 40G and 100m for 100G) for data center applications.

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