In each introduction of large-scale technology, there are error situations that only become visible during operation. In such situations, the planning system often does not know what to do, and the simple strategy of muddling through helps only temporarily. Industry 4.0 contains principles that are suitable to deal with such errors.
The Internet of Things is one of the main trends in 2014, which means that it is also a hot topic for XINFO. This term refers to the fact that more and more objects (things) are network-compatible and connected to the Internet.
Such objects are living creatures or machines (technical objects) that exchange data over a network. Living creatures are, for example, people who use Google Glass or are equipped with a networked pacemaker, or animals on a farm which carry an implanted transponder. An example of networked technical objects are sensors in cars that use GPS information for communicating the most favorable setting for the suspension system almost in real time.