Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 were certainly the highlight of this year’s Hannover Messe, with the attendance of US President Obama also featuring prominently. However, the highlight for me was the announcement of support for PROFINET from none other than Cisco, one of the biggest companies on the IIoT Bandwagon:
“Cisco also took the opportunity to announce its support for an industrial ethernet standard, PROFINET, commonly utilized in factory and process automation”, reported Justine Holt of LNS Research in her excellent revue of the show.
Justine also reported that Microsoft has upped its involvement in IIoT:
“One of the more mentionable events to happen at Hannover Messe was the speech by Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella. In his announcement Nadella stated that Microsoft will now be focusing on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)and Big Data. Nadella said, “We are now talking about the core.” He hopes to achieve “systems of intelligence” by utilizing data received and optimizing manufacturing.”
It’s most re-assuring that we’ve been on the right path with PROFINET for well over a decade now, with our technology well established in the market and perfectly positioned for this most logical of steps with its adoption as the backbone of Industrie 4.0 and the IIoT.
It’s good to see the market catching up at last!