We recently attended LiveWorx 2018 where Sasken was a Showcase Sponsor. It was billed as the largest Digital Transformation event of the year with over 6000 attendees. There were 1000+ attendees from PTC’s alliance ecosystem. Sasken is a Certified ThingWorx Ecosystem Partner and demonstrated its expertise in the Digital space at the event. Here, I am listing down key takeaways from the event:
PTC has built a solid Industrial IoT ecosystem. A week before the event, PTC announced a strategic partnership with Rockwell Automation with the latter buying a $1 billion stake in PTC. At the event, there was an interesting use case/demonstration where FactoryTalk and ThingWorx were integrated delivering interoperability.
PTC also has a strong alliance with Microsoft around the Azure stack. It was great to see these two large software companies working together.
Finally, PTC also showcased an alliance with Ansys for Engineering Simulation.
There was significant focus on augmented reality, with ~25% of the solutions and demos focused in this area. I was most impressed with the tool that allows superimposition of AR based controls on a physical device.
PTC also continues to make acquisitions, Waypoint being a case in point. It is an excellent tool for mapping a business process using augmented reality.
Overall, I think we are seeing rapid evolution of human machine interface from screen to touch to voice to augmented reality.
Having said that, four factors will drive the adoption of augmented reality going forward. These are:
Enhanced immersive experience
Adoption of IoT going forward
Interoperability – With so many things out there, manufacturers of things will have to make their devices/sensors interoperate with various IoT platforms else there will be silos
There was an interesting chart at the event that brought out ‘spaghetti’ type of scenario from a shop floor system integration perspective, reminiscent of the ESB (Enterprise Services Bus) pitch for Enterprise Systems from the 1990’s
Smart Product Enablement (Sensorization or Instrumentation) is also key to greater adoption of IoT – All equipment manufacturers need to increase the level of SPE of their products
Security continues to be a big concern for adoption of IoT. Blockchain-based security solutions enabling secure interoperability of devices could be the way out.
Author: Raman Sapra, Executive Vice President and General Manager – Digital
Sasken is a specialist in Product Engineering and Digital Transformation providing concept-to-market, chip-to-cognition R&D services to global leaders in Semiconductor, Automotive, Industrials, Smart Devices & Wearables, Enterprise Grade Devices, Satcom and Transportation industries.
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