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Making Sense of the IoT

POSTED BY TURTLE & HUGHES COMMUNICATIONS BLOG IN PERSPECTIVES, SERVICES


 
The Internet of Things (IoT) is more than networking home appliances and thermostats. Some predict that by 2020, the IoT will surpass over 200 billion things, including pumps, fans, generators, turbines, conveyer belts, locomotives, and MRI scanners worth an estimated $15 trillion market.
 
Essentially, the IoT is a cloud-managed service that enables Internet-connected “things,” such as sensors, actuators, devices and applications, to easily and securely interact with each other using the cloud. It is machine-to-machine communications built on cloud computing and Internet connections, making it a natural link between two Turtle & Hughes departments: Communications and Automation.
 
Our Communications department is focused on the digitization of our clients’ world. It supports multiple industries where clients are expanding and changing due to increased mobilization. Many are either upgrading existing infrastructure or building new facilities and rely on Turtle & Hughes to provide consulting such as integration and configuration of network components.
 
Industrial Power and Automation clients that have motors, drives, control systems, transformers, or high- medium- and low-voltage, require monitoring to provide predictive maintenance on the thousands of devices in the field. These customers look to Turtle & Hughes Automation experts for real time data of network components and predictive maintenance to safeguard against costly equipment downtime.
 

 
Cisco Systems, a worldwide leader in IT products and services, is supporting many industry transformations to the IoT, including the Utility and Power Generation, and Rail industries. Both of these rely heavily on real-time intelligence, making them ideal candidates for the IoT. For example, the electric utility industry’s goal is to cost effectively and reliably produce electricity, so they must quickly identify incipient problems and immediately alert system operators, maintain physical security devices and protect against cyber security.
 
Rail operators need to know the conditions on the trains, on the track and at stations. Sensors on wheels and brakes are monitored to prevent failures. On-board video surveillance cameras stream live to Rail Control Centers notifying them of derailed cars and unsafe speed. Wi-Fi access points in the rail cars provide real time information about other monitored systems. All of this relies on connected devices.
 
Turtle & Hughes is a Cisco Select Partner and registered as a Solutions Technology Integrator (STI) with a focus on Industrial Infrastructure. Our specialists provide professional services, with credentials, direct to customers through n Cisco’s STI program. This allows us to easily integrate Cisco products, software and services thus providing clients with a complete turnkey solution.

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