The future of the Internet of things used to look like a science fiction story: all the “things” that originally had no perception ability are equipped with a large number of sensors, processors and software, which can not only generate a large amount of data (real working conditions, operating data, surrounding environment, etc.), but also transmit data to human beings through the widely distributed Internet. Human beings collect, sort out and analyze the data sent out by “things” and give timely feedback. Driven by the feedback data received, “things” can repair themselves or modify the rules of movement.
With the emergence of the Internet of things, “things” began to be able to “think”, “deal with problems independently”, perceive environmental changes, and even began to have some life like characteristics. Undoubtedly, this has greatly changed the mode of interaction between human beings and reality. So, how to realize the beautiful Internet of things?
In fact, the Internet of things involves almost all it fields and technologies at present: cloud computing, big data, communication, sensors… Without any part of the participation, the Internet of things is difficult to be implemented. At the same time, the application of the Internet of things must not be an industrial application, because the value of the Internet of things can be fully reflected only when it covers more industries, such as manufacturing, finance, retail, service, transportation and logistics.
With such an all inclusive Internet of things, who has the ability to mobilize such a big game of chess and turn it from a concept of vision into reality?
The author believes that the core of the Internet of things is each data node that will appear in the Internet of things – “things”, because only when more and more “things” with the characteristics of “intelligent interconnection” penetrate into various industries and fields, can they really bring valuable data and information, and can they realize the management, control and guidance of “things”. Therefore, as the main body of the Internet of things, the value of “things” is not only the core node of the Internet of things, but also the key to the promotion and in-depth application of the Internet of things.
From this point of view, the leader who can turn the Internet of things from concept to reality must have a good understanding of the business model of industry, and the complete process of the birth, use, maintenance and scrapping of each industrial product, so as to ensure that the future “things” have the characteristics of intelligent interconnection from the source; at the same time, it must also establish a very close relationship with the IT industry, and be able to Understand the progress of IT technology, and cooperate deeply with it system providers
“First of all, we started to enter the manufacturing industry from CAD system. We have accumulated many years of industrial enterprise experience, and can realize the whole life cycle management with industrial products as the core. Secondly, from the perspective of IT technology, we have basically realized the product portfolio of IOT solutions through acquisition.” Jack McAvoy, vice president of global enterprise communication of PTC, a strategic partner of GE’s Internet of things project, said in an interview recently that from the perspective of practical application, PTC, which was originally a PLM system provider, has some inherent advantages, so its solution is more necessary to be implemented.
Two years ago, on the last day of 2013, PTC, as a PLM system service provider, announced its acquisition of thingworx for $112 million plus possible revenue of up to $18 million. Announced from the technical level, with CAD system as the source, into the field of Internet of things.
In August 2014, PTC acquired axeda company more than half a year after completing the acquisition of thingworx. Axeda is a developer of solutions for safely connecting machines and sensors to the cloud. It provides software products with the main function of collecting and managing the data of Internet of things machines and sensors, so as to lay a clear mark on the cloud platform for the Internet of things solution.
On May 18, 2015, PTC announced the acquisition of coldlight with a capital contribution of about US $105 million. Coldlight is a big data machine learning and prediction analysis system provider from the United States. Its automatic prediction analysis platform neuron adopts artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. Through automatic and continuous data learning, it can carry out deep data mining, discover patterns, build verified prediction models, and send information to all types of applications or technologies.
Coldlight will be combined with thingworx platform, which can effectively analyze data from equipment and sensors, including failure mode of detection data, modeling correlation analysis, failure prediction and adjustment measures.
The most valuable part of the Internet of things is the transmission, collection and analysis of data information from the real world, and feedback application to virtual design. With the combination of coldlight and thingworx, the processing of real-world data information is not a “can and can’t” relationship, but a question of how to set the depth.
On May 21, 2015, PTC announced that it will enter into a partnership with servicemax, a provider of field service management solutions. From the product level, servicemax will provide support for thingworx product portfolio, enhance customers’ ability to apply remote, predictive and forward-looking services, and realize an effect oriented business model.
Different from Internet of things system providers in IT field, PTC’s Internet of things solution once again grasps the core of the problem: Internet of things.
Even though PTC’s IOT solution has relative integrity at the software level, it is still far away from the large-scale use of IOT.
“In the field of CAD software at first, PTC is not a company that is good at cooperating with other companies,” Jack McAvoy said frankly. The Internet of things is a solution involving many industries and technologies. Therefore, PTC’s vision is to build an ecological environment of the Internet of things, so that more system providers and partners can join in every industry and every technical level, In order to finally form a real practical value of the Internet of things solution. “Our existing 500 users of IOT solutions prove that our strategy and direction so far are right.”
The Internet of things is one of the most important it technologies that can benefit industry and human beings directly. However, it can not be denied that the technology and industry involved are too complex and broader. It is difficult to find a feasible way to really promote and apply it with the existing ideas to solve the problem. “Internet of things ecosystem”, a more open idea, is just in line with the current cyclical demand of the whole IT field, that is, “if we get together for a long time, we will get together for a long time”. Therefore, it is a new idea to solve the problem.
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