Connected systems, with their ability to collect and crunch massive quantities of data, are transforming industry and business.
For one thing, they’re changing the role of flesh-and-blood human beings in industrial settings. For most of the long history of how we make things, humans have been forced to attend to minutiae—for example, to the question of what machine parts required replacement, and exactly when.
That’s coming to an end. Today’s tech is liberating humans to do the cerebral work machines will never be capable of. Machines, for their part, are taking over from people, and excelling at, the rote but crucial tasks—monitoring wear and tear on ball bearings and the like.
Here are four ways that data is helping industry work smarter, faster, and with greater efficiency: