Wonderware Southern Africa’s annual winter breakfast roadshow - IS³ | AVEVA Select Partner

This year’s venues included Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Centurion with a collective attendance of hundreds of professionals from all walks of South African industry. Top of the agenda was the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and its reach and benefits into every aspect of production-oriented companies.


Wikipedia defines the IoT  as “the network of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data.

In 2013 the Global Standards Initiative on the Internet of Things (IoT-GSI) defined the IoT as “the infrastructure of the information society.”  The IoT allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across existing network infrastructures, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit. When the  IoT is augmented with sensors and actuators, the technology becomes an instance of the more general class of cyber-physical systems, which also encompasses technologies such as smart grids, smart homes, intelligent transportation and smart cities. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure. Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020.

The concept of the IIoT is far-reaching and will affect us all at many levels over time because it means that your fridge can call the supermarket to replenish it or your car can call for assistance when necessary. We can only guess at the impact of the interconnectedness of intelligent devices but there seems to be no doubt as to its benefits – but whatever you may think, you’re going to have to deal with it on one level or another.

So the breakfast was just about that: How to capitalise on an emerging (and welcome) technology in the industrial world and this was professionally demonstrated with the example of how the IIoT can benefit not only the links but the entire supply chain to everyone’s benefit in a scenario  involving a chocolate manufacturing company, its suppliers and customers..