The IoT opportunity for manufacturers

Tze Chiew, Head of Marketing Embedded IoT, Advantech

Hardware manufacturers may have been somewhat handicapped when it comes to exploiting the business potential in cloud computing. But now there is a new opportunity which could drive even greater positive change in the industry: the internet of things (IoT). Advantech’s Edge Intelligence Server is a game-changing solution which helps these organisations accelerate IoT and drive advantage.

The IoT is a win-win for manufacturers: by implementing it on their own production lines they can increase internal efficiencies, and by incorporating it into their products they can drive competitive differentiation. As such, it’s nothing short of a game-changer for the industry. Yet many are still held back, either because they don’t have a clear idea on how to incorporate the IoT into their business, or because they don’t have the appropriate levels of funding, time and skilled employees to do so.

Advantech knows first-hand the importance of having a clear vision throughout the organisation. If projects are restricted to the R&D team, then appropriate funding or business plans for how to take the technology to market and drive effective ROI may be lacking.

The Edge Intelligence Server

Advantech has incorporated IoT both into its production line – to improve process efficiencies – and its product offerings. One of the latest innovations to come to market is the Edge Intelligence Server, an industrial-grade computing hardware combined with secure OS and surrounded by a modular IoT suite. It’s a horizontal solution that can be customised for different markets and applications, offering IoT connectivity, data manageability and analytics.

It’s able to connect physical devices to the cloud, digitising data and normalising it for use in the cloud to add tremendous value. Advantech is working hard on further refining the offering to create even more customised solution-ready packages for specific verticals and applications.

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