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Google arrives just in IoT(ime)

Last month we wrote about Alphabet’s (and its subsidiaries) lack of presence in the industrial IoT space, this despite being suitably qualified and it being a potent strategic fit for the company. It should come as no great surprise then that, this month, Google announced a new “fully-managed Google Cloud...

/ May 25, 2017
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Drone operators should demand better quality products

Commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators are all too familiar with the challenges of UAV flight – poor weather, demanding clients, and the current regulatory environment to name but a few. However, according to discussions at the recent Drone Tech Europe event in Bristol one major challenge is the reliability...

/ May 25, 2017
Commercial UAVs Report 2017

Drone manufacturers turn to commercial market to revive fortunes

The consensus at last week’s AUVSI Xponential show in Dallas was that the footfall and size of the show was probably lower than the year before in New Orleans. This might have been surprising to those not familiar with the industry who have seen the increasing media attention and news...

/ May 22, 2017
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Clouds everywhere at Hannover, but IT’s ok

Industrial IoT, Industry 4.0, Manufacturing Digitalization, or whatever phrase you might hear is a big trend. Unsurprisingly, this was a major theme at this year’s Hannover Messe. Walking the show, you did not have to travel far to encounter some manifestation of this on a vendor booth. Nothing to see...

/ May 4, 2017
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Is Alphabet late to the industrial IoT party?

If you were at Hannover Messe 2017, you won’t have missed the very visible presence of IT companies – Microsoft, SAP, Amazon Web Services, Cisco, IBM and Huawei to name but a few. But Alphabet – or any of its subsidiaries – were not there. Is it surprising or is...

/ May 4, 2017
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ABB to acquire B&R Automation – Our view

ABB to acquire B&R (Bernecker + Rainer Industrie-Elektronik GmbH) for an undisclosed sum to close ABB’s historic gap in machine and factory automation. Key points B&R delivered a revenue CAGR of 11% over the last two decades and annual sales of >$600 million (2015/2016). ABB commits to B&R’s growth strategy,...

/ April 19, 2017
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Intelligent Automation – a Boon for Industrial Automation Vendors?

Intelligent Automation is an emerging trend of extraordinary scope and implication. Consequently, we are seeing the term being applied to a broad array of industries and applications, from medical and financial services to agriculture and logistics. Intelligent automation can be clearly divided into applications that automate things in the physical...

/ April 18, 2017

Autonomous mobile robots deliver with a strong presence at Automate

Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are set to be the fastest growing type of industrial service robot. Manufacturing companies and end-users requesting more flexible and automated material handling solutions, and an increasing volume of suppliers offering ever-broader AMR product lines to the industrial (and related) segments continue to signpost the rapid...

/ April 18, 2017
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UAVs offer solar industry benefits, but at a cost

The use of UAVs (or drones) in the solar industry has been limited to date, though has the potential for change. Two of the biggest opportunities for deploying UAVs in this sector are for the surveying of sites and roofs to allow for quicker and more accurate solar installation design,...

/ April 18, 2017