With internet connection reaching new heights, ITU looks to the IoT

| December 02, 2015

With internet connection reaching new heights, ITU looks to the IoT
A new ITU report sheds light on data about how the world's communications networks have connected people, and the future potential for things.
The number of connected people on the planet has reached 3.2 billion, according to areport from the International Telephone Union (ITU.) Managers, marketers, engineers, and designers who are building mobile and internet products for international consumption should read the full report. The many charts and graphics make the 252-page report on fixed and mobile internet and telephone services around the world an easy read

Spotlight

While it’s not news that software (aided by faster, cheaper and more powerful microprocessors) has been taking over traditional hardware-based tasks for many years, the ways this revolution is shaking out lately is fueling some far-reaching innovations, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), virtualized computing, cloud-based servers and other smart manufacturing strategies and technologies. Just as in other industries, these changes are having a profound and growing influence on process control and automation. Similarly, while perennial Software category winners Emerson Process Management won four subcategories and Rockwell Automation won three, there are several new subcategory winners this year: Honeywell won in Alarm Management Software, and Emerson won in Calibration Management Software. Likewise, Schneider Electric’s acquisition of Invensys also appeared to push it up in the standings in Human-Machine Interface Software and SCADA Software.

Spotlight

While it’s not news that software (aided by faster, cheaper and more powerful microprocessors) has been taking over traditional hardware-based tasks for many years, the ways this revolution is shaking out lately is fueling some far-reaching innovations, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), virtualized computing, cloud-based servers and other smart manufacturing strategies and technologies. Just as in other industries, these changes are having a profound and growing influence on process control and automation. Similarly, while perennial Software category winners Emerson Process Management won four subcategories and Rockwell Automation won three, there are several new subcategory winners this year: Honeywell won in Alarm Management Software, and Emerson won in Calibration Management Software. Likewise, Schneider Electric’s acquisition of Invensys also appeared to push it up in the standings in Human-Machine Interface Software and SCADA Software.

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