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How smartphones are being used for Industry 4.0

Graham Immerman
May 30, 2019

Have you started using smartphones on your floor? There are pros and cons.

Engineering.com said, "Consumer smartphones are communication devices that include several built-in sensors. When an application requires a communication device, they’re great. When the application requires a sensor device, the smartphone is being used for something other than what it was originally designed for, which may not be optimal."

However, these devices are intuitive for use because most of your employees already use them everyday. That familiarity can help save time and make your staff more efficient. 

Are Smartphones the Building Blocks of Industry 4.0?Source: http://www.engineering.com

As I attended the keynotes and workshops of the Maximo stream, I noticed a trend: several of the featured monitoring, analytics and asset management solutions required or recommended the use of a consumer electronic device, such as a smartphone, consumer tablet or augmented reality headset.In a demo of an acoustic monitoring solution, several participants asked about hardware options—such as industrial microphones and ruggedized industrial PCs—citing concerns about the durability of consumer smartphones in the factory environment.Read More

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