What Enterprises Want Now from Industrial IoT

JOE MCKENDRICK | March 26, 2019

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While industrial IoT held much promise, even one of its first general use cases involving predictive maintenance has failed to gain a lot of traction. From its earliest stages of inception a few years ago, predictive maintenance employing data analytics to proactively predict equipment stresses and failures  appeared to be the killer use case of the Industrial Internet of Things. In theory, with data streaming in from everything from trucks to trains to engines to elevators, the industrial IoT would dramatically increase the efficiency of machines and open up a new generation of service businesses.

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Impinj is a leading provider of RAIN RFID solutions. The Impinj Platform connects billions of everyday items such as apparel, medical supplies, automobile parts, drivers’ licenses, food and luggage to applications such as inventory management, patient safety, asset tracking and item authentication, delivering real-time information to businesses about items they create, manage, transport and sell. The Impinj Platform wirelessly delivers information about these items’ unique identity, location and authenticity, or Item Intelligence™, to the digital world, which Impinj believes is the essence of the Internet of Things.

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