Automation has been the key word to progress for generations, starting with Henry Ford as he cranked out the first “horseless carriage” in Detroit. The goal has involved assembly lines and machination doing what humans can do but with much more precision and speed. It is no different in the world of technology. What used to be awe-inspiring now takes too long for our limited attention spans. We want more, and we want it yesterday. This interesting perspective came from Satnews in their article, “Expectations By Berg Insight Is For Wireless IoT Devices To Reach 43.5 Million By 2020.”

There is a wide range of wireless technologies used in industrial automation with different characteristics and use cases. It is predicted that the number of wireless Internet of Things (IoT) devices in automation networks will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.2 percent to reach 43.5 million by 2020.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the most widespread technologies in factory automation, while cellular connectivity typically is used for remote monitoring and backhaul communication between plants.

Change is inevitable, and technology is not an exception, but often the leader.

Melody K. Smith

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