The Industrial Internet of Things

Most of you are familiar with the term “the internet of things”. It describes the addition of electronic intelligence to the devices we use every day. More and more common products come now with some sort of built-in circuitry to share data, make the device more user sensitive, track problems, and more.

A new report from consulting firm Accenture ( ) claims there is a huge potential growth opportunity now in the Industrial internet of things (IIoT). In fact, they claim that if the proper steps are taken now, this could add $14.2 trillion to the global economy by 2030.

Accenture says that when manufacturers plan correctly for IIoT, it will cause market upheavals because they will essentially be reinventing their products. This is true for new “state of the art” products and for much older products or services seen now as commodities. In both cases, by adding information, it changes the way these products and services are used.

Another important benefit will be the way this will make everyone’s work “more engaging and productive.” As machines do more and more of the boring, repetitive work like monitoring live traffic data, it will free humans up to focus on the more interesting and challenging work such as considering what changes in traffic behavior mean to current lane closure plans, or travel time models.

They feel there are three things that must be done now to realize the full potential of the industrial internet of things:

1) Re-imagine industry models: Redesign business and operating models to accommodate and support the new product – service hybrids enabled by the IIoT.
2) Realize the value of data:  Generate new insights from physical objects and share them between players within supply chains and cross-industry consortia to create new opportunities.
3) Prepare for the future of work: Invest in new skills and processes that enable human and digital labor to work effectively together. Implement organizational changes that support the more collaborative and autonomous working environment the IIoT will make possible.

These recommendations have very significant application to the work zone ITS world. Equipment maintenance and system dependability are just the first two areas that come to mind. This technology will make us far more efficient while allowing us to inexpensively collect far more data. The trick is in understanding how this wealth of data might help manufacturers, contractors, agencies or the travelling public.

The Work Zone ITS Blog Through It’s First 18 Months

As we begin another year I hope you will forgive me if I look back on the last year and a half of the Work Zone ITS Blog. We began in August of 2012 and since then we have posted 60 times. The goal, originally, was to spark a conversation within our rather exclusive community. By talking about the issues we all face, I hoped to move the technology and its use forward a little faster.  I believe we have succeeded, though not in precisely the way we originally imagined. The conversation is taking place but not out in the open like I hoped. Still, progress is being made.

You may be interested in a few statistics:

Since it’s inception, Work Zone ITS Blog has been read by interested people in 63 different countries. The United States was first, of course, followed by Brazil and Canada.

Our busiest day was February 18, 2014 when we posted “TTI Creates Paradigm Shift for Work Zone ITS.” Our 5 most read posts were:

1) TTI Creates Paradigm Shift for Work Zone ITS – February 2014

2) Self Driving Cars and Work Zone ITS – March, 2014

3) Work Zone ITS Implementation Guide – February 2014

4) Queue Warning Systems – October 2013

5) Report from ATSSA ITS Council – August 2014

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Thanks again for reading. I wish you a prosperous and rewarding year in 2015.

All the best, Joe Jeffrey