IoT Initiative: From Industrial IoT to Smart Cities

CWC News
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
San Diego, CA
IoT Initiative: From Industrial IoT to Smart Cities

by Shannon Prior

The vision of the CWC at UC San Diego is to start a mutually beneficial collaboration with KETI (Korea Electronics Technology Institute) that will employ smart techniques in what is called “factory-things.” “The transformation of manufacturing with IoTs will help the U.S. maintain its competitive edge in the manufacturing industries,” says CWC Director Sujit Dey,  “with increased efficiencies in cost, processes, manufacturing and performance.”

What exactly is Industrial IoT?

The Internet of Things (IoT) can serve as a bridge between many interfaces or be employed across multiple interfaces, i.e. Human to Machine, Machine to Human, and Machine to Machine ( M2M). M2M will be key in enabling better processes by providing insightful information back to the factory. The large amount of data collected will require machine learning techniques to parse out the components with the most utility. With the collaboration with KETI,  the CWC will do just that.  

The Smart Factory

The KETI collaboration will focus on deriving two specialized types of data-mining models. One will be “predictive analytics” which is adaptive and captures the performance of the process, the other is “prescriptive analytics” which will use the predictive model to assess the reason behind performance failures. Further design challenges include determining how these devices will be able to share information and what the overall network topology will look like. These obstacles will play a large factor in how the group determines and prioritizes its goals. The goal is to deliver the  infrastructure connecting sensor-based data, and enable real-time, actionable and predictive operational intelligence.

“Starting this [smart factory] initiative with KETI, which has a dedicated advanced Industrial IoT group in the Smart Factory ICT Research Center, along with the manufacturing powerhouse that is Korea, is going to be very productive. We are excited about this collaboration with KETI and are hopeful to expand it with new factory partners” says Dey.

“Through the KETI-CWC smart manufacturing research project, both countries can develop an advanced smart manufacturing platform and have a mutual utilization of test-beds built in each country ” says Soojin Ji, Associate Researcher, Convergence Emerging Industries R&D Division, Smart Factory ICT Research Center. “By doing this project, we expect that smart-factory-related corporations in both countries are more likely to acquire global competitiveness in various ways.”

What is happening in IoT?

At the CWC Research Review in October, Daniel Obodovski, Founder of The Silent Intelligence,  indicated that the market watch should be focused on the revenue stream of IoT markets instead of where the investments are. “The biggest players in IoT revenue generation are within Industrial IoT (IIoT),” says Obodovski. While naming a few of the companies responsible, like OSISoft and Tech Mahindra, he predicted that within the IIot market, the Smart City will be one of  the most important verticals.

With the help of Dey, the hope is to align a coalition of partner companies and UC San Diego to create and collaborate on an intelligent San Diego, a city that is efficient, data driven, and utilizes low-power network design. One of the first collaborators is Ingenu (formerly OnRamp Wireless), which uses RPMA (Random Phase Multiple Access) technology and already has a test-network for use.

Coincidentally, San Diego has already made strides toward intelligent design with the help of GE and their LightGrid outdoor wireless control system. The project will replace approximately 3,000 high pressure sodium halide lamps, expecting to save the city ~$250,000 per year.

Both Dey and Obodovski are excited to work with the City of San Diego to collaborate on their efforts to achieve a fully intelligent San Diego with the help of IIoT.