Responses from Jonathan Goff, Business Development Manager – Mobile Equipment, Turck
The Internet of Things & Connectivity
How do you see the Internet of Things shaping the direction of the heavy-duty vehicle markets?
IoT, IIoT or Industry 4.0 is already present in the heavy duty vehicle markets. It is no longer uncommon for OEMs to integrate telematics modules, GPS technology and high-level PLCs on their vehicles. With more sensors and more efficient vehicle communication networks, such as Ethernet, OEMs have the technology and bandwidth for remote control and autonomous machines. This will have a significant impact on personal safety for machine operators, our troops and overall productivity.
Is there an industry-specific difference or is heavy-duty mobile equipment similar in its scope of solutions, implementation and benefits with IoT solutions?
The IoT concept is not new to the industrial world or consumer space. However, the applications are evolving as IoT technologies gain more traction and become more mainstream. It is not uncommon for heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers to adopt new technology later in the game, after it’s been tested and proven. This allows many of the bugs with new technologies to work themselves out and time for a broader knowledge base to develop. Safety and familiarity are critical in this market.