Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Jan 31, 2019: In a wide ranging panel discussion the panelists in the “Next Steps for Industry 4.0” session at IoT Evolution Expo reviewed the future of Industry 4.0. Moderated by Director of Content for Crossfire Media, Carl Ford, the session started with a quick review of the previous Industrial ages by Cassia Networks Vice President of Marketing Brad Canham. Canham also described the increasing use of Bluetooth IIoT and especially Enterprise Bluetooth Networks (EBNs) in industrial IoT predictive maintenance solutions.
Noting that previous industrial ages are all composed of a duality composed of “social and material” factors, Canham described the emergent Industry 4.0 as a confluence of factors. These include technical developments like artificial intelligence, Big Data and IoT as well as an emphasis on social concerns focused on security, privacy, and labor changes. Industry 4.0 has been described by one line of research a series of “trust clusters” composed of individuals, technologies, and organizations working together. Another line of research in Industry 4.0 emphasizes the “cyber-physical” components of technologies delivering added-value to the entire value-chain.
Further, other panelists, Joseph Berti, IBM Vice President of Offerings, Jonathan Nguyen-Duy, and Vice President Strategic Programs, at Fortinet, noted the security measures required with the increasingly open nature of Industry 4.0. Canham reviewed a few of the security layers – DLS1.2, GLS1.2, MPA2, OOBA 4.2 – applied to Cassia Networks Bluetooth IIoT solutions.
In reviewing the labor changes, the panelists noted that current roles involving creativity, strategic thinking, empathy and compassion are unlikely to replaced by technological changes of Industry 4.0. Moreover, as occurred with shifting eras of the past, Industry 4.0 is likely to spur the growth of new roles. Noting that Bluetooth is a ubiquitous worldwide technology protocol, Canham described the Bluetooth IIoT increasing as the performance factors of Bluetooth standards and Cassia’s patents around long-range make Enterprise Bluetooth Networks more common.