At an Internet of Things (IoT) conference here, people are well beyond thinking about sensors and analytics. They are considering what happens once these tools are a part of every product sold. The implications are, potentially, huge. A business is no longer selling a stand-alone product. There is a very good chance that the device leaving a factory will be remotely controlled, monitored, updated and maintained using remote management tools, sensors and predictive analytics that continually collect device data that can identify problems before they happen. The technological capabilities of the IoT "is the basis" for a shift to physical products as a service, said David Sherburne, the research director and CTO of application development at medical device maker Carestream Health. His company sells a laser printer used in medical imaging as a service. Sherburne was at the Axeda Connexion conference, a company that provides a platform for managing machine-to-machine and Internet of Things applications. There were 600 people at the conference, 25% more than last year and an indication, said Axeda CEO Todd DeSisto, that "connected products have become part of a corporate strategy."
Published Date:Wed, 05/07/2014