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General Electric’s “Industrial Internet”

Posted by Norman Miglietta on 03/13/2012

Since our Something Old, Something New blog post in November, the “Internet of Things,” trend has grown some legs and gained coverage momentum. Recently, there has been a resurgence of discussion around an inter-connected world of devices  via the Internet and wireless networks, where each device (from smartphones to dish washers) can be monitored, analyzed and controlled.  Although this concept is not new, now we see manufacturing and technology giant General Electric attempting to brand the “Internet of Things” as its own cutting-edge invention, coining the term “The Industrial Internet” to bolster the illusion of novelty.

In an article from CNET, GE Vice President Bill Ruh defined his company’s goal to “develop a new generation of intelligent systems that can predict and respond to changes.” From high speed trains to hospitals to appliances in your kitchen, GE claims this “Industrial Internet” will provide efficiency and convenience to people across the globe. For example, GE hopes to increase hospital efficiency by allowing for each piece of equipment to “talk” to one other by way of a wireless or IP connection.

The goals GE puts forward are, in fact, already in the realm ofpossible and actually have been in place for some years now. From monitoring crops needing water in fields, to monitoring the speed, gas consumption and engine health of fleets of trucks, to the whereabouts of Alzheimer patients, the wireless network powered by wireless network service providers like KORE allows for so many possibilities. No matter how you spin it, a connected device is a connected device.

With a multitude of wireless and satellite services offered at cost effective pricing models, KORE continues to supply reliable and ubiquitous network coverage to power any and all of yourM2M applications globally.

By Stein Soelberg, Director of Marketing

Stein leads a team whose responsibility is to own the branding, advertising, customer engagement, loyalty, partnership and public relations initiatives designed to propel KORE into the 21st century. With over 15 years of technology marketing experience in the business to business software, Internet services and telecommunications industries, Stein brings a proven track record of launching successful MVNOs and building those brands into leaders.

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