Industrial Applications of IoT Workshop

On Friday November 2nd OPIM Innovate held a workshop on Industrial IoT, hosted by adjunct Professor Ryan O’Connor. During this workshop Professor O’Connor was able to explain to students what IoT is, its growing trends in the market, and the IoT offerings of Splunk. “The goal of most technologies today is to become internet connected,” said Professor O’Connor, “Everything from wearables, to raspberry pis, arduinos, lightbulbs, and even the 3D printers are network connected nowadays.” There are four imperative aspects of successful IoT inventions; applications for the device, big data analytics, connectivity, communication, and smart databases. If the device is missing any of these four points, they will not be successful uses of IoT.

IoT as a platform was first discussed in 2016, and since then it has expanded into all types of industries with inventions from the Cupcake ATM to home automation to aquaponics and data collecting bathrooms. Although we wouldn’t typically think of bathrooms as being high tech, the bathrooms in the Dubai Airport have proved us wrong. As the largest airport in the world, their goal is to give their thousands of customers a day a positive experience. IoT, in collaboration with Splunk, collects data on when the sink turns on, when water is running, and tracks movement in and out of the bathroom. This data is useful for engineers in the airport to track conservation and to ensure the restrooms are clean for moments of high traffic. This isn’t all the Dubai airport is doing. They are also using Splunk to track customer service issues, congestion points on baggage systems, and security breaches. With the help of Splunk, the airport is projected to grow 30%, without adding any new construction.

Splunk uses machine data to search, analyze, and show trends of information so the people who need it most have the data at their fingertips. “Splunk provides transformative data to become predictive,” said Professor O’Connor during his presentation, and IoT helps take this data and connect it to people, products, and communities across the world. This smart technology, which is incorporated into everything from our phones to our watches, brings a new era of security concerns. Although all of these networks are connected through the cloud, one exciting aspect of the technology is its security tracking features. An IoT device user can secure traffic with tunneling, and even track how many people are trying to hack their system and where they are from. There is also an option to turn off all of the data being tracked at once and the data will stop coming in.

Calvin Mahlstedt, a senior MIS major, was one of the students who attended the workshop. As someone with particular interest in IoT, Mahlstedt touched on the importance of the technology. “There’s a lot of market that’s opening up in IoT because companies want to try and track as many things as they can. The more companies know the better they can cut costs, the more efficient they can make things, and the higher quality they can produce things. More IoT related stuff, like the Aquaponics course, would be awesome and Professor O’Connor is a great teacher.” Luckily for students like Mahlstedt, this Spring 2019 OPIM will dedicate a course to Machine Learning, open to students at the junior level or higher. Students are encouraged to enroll.

The next workshop will be on Friday November 9th from 1:00-3:00 pm in the OPIM Gladstein Lab (BUSN 391) on the Evolution of Blockchain hosted by RapidQube. We hope to see you then!