Thomas Humphrey, Segment Director – Industrial Edge Division, Schneider Electric
As our industrial systems become more connected and we increasingly leverage the Industrial Internet, it becomes ever more important to assure the continuous availability of these assets. We will look at the trends driving IoT and Industry 4.0 adoption as well as the implications on plant and facility systems. We will at IT & OT (operational technology) convergence inclusing the implications on control systems as well as the networks and devices supporting them. Safety, risk avoidance and competitiveness are the typical drivers. However, our ever-increasing reliance on the growing information available from our systems requires new thinking about how they are designed, managed and protected. Reining in “IT Sprawl” through adoption of edge computing standards and managed infrastructure reduces risk to the enterprise. Protecting system intelligence in modern “Industry 4.0” environments can also warrant the provision of clean uninterruptable power, beyond servers, to the controllers, networks and devices themselves.