fanless computer industrialIf you work in heavy industry, mining, manufacturing, the military, transportation, even healthcare, you know that conventional computers are not robust enough to withstand harsh industrial environments and can sometimes spread debris and contaminants.Conventional computers have fans to cool parts and components. These fans bothdraw in hot and dusty air and blow air out (and debris with it). One waygreatly affects a computer’s performance; the other can adversely affect other things nearby.

Whereas the traditional computer is usually set up in an air conditioned office or isolated space, devices used in industry often have to contend with extreme temperatures,dirty environments, even shock Read the full article →

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flash memory storage industrial computingThe future of flash memory storage looks phenomenal. So get the image of a flash thumb drive out of your mind because it’s gone way beyond that. Flash memory storage, in industrial computing as well as in the corporate world and the IoT, will be adopted by more and more enterprises.In the consumer market, currently there is competition between flash and hard disk based storage systems for OEMs, but in industrial computing flash storage will continue to grow – far beyond existing compact flash storage.

Hard Disk vs Flash

Flash has the upper hand in performance. Hard disks may cost less right now and have higher capacity, but ongoing advances in flash are bringing costs closer together.

When it comes to enterprise storage in the foreseeable future, flash outstrips hard disk in performance, although it should be Read the full article →

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Great strides have been made in integrating the Internet of Things (IoT) into industrial automation over recent years. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is also referred to as Industry 4.0 because application of these technologies is seen as the fourth revolution in industry.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

iot industrial applications/iot industrial automationThe three previous industrial revolutions were about mechanization in the 19th century, electric power and assembly lines for mass production in the early 1900s, and then plant automation with the development of computers in the later 20th century. Industry 4.0 is the latest revolution that will be powered by the IoT using web-based software.

In a report by BI Insider Intelligence, it is forecast Read the full article →

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IoT Gateways – Your Simple Guide to the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a simple concept: literally everything that can accept and transmit data automatically. The IoT is the next evolutionary step toward fully integrated business operations and indeed daily living. We already see it growing all around us  – online and mobile communications connect everyone and almost everything. Put even more…

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5 Industry Uses for a Mini-PC

The mini-PC continues to surge in popularity. Just watch and see the many mini-PC industry uses that will come about, as well as the ones already happening. Better Than Hard Disk Drives Whereas most traditional PCs use a hard disk drive (HDD), modern mini-PCs almost always use a solid state drive (SSD), MSATA or M.2…

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How Adopting Digital Signage Can Boost Your Small Business

Do you feel like the big boys of business have the advantage in advertising and signage? Not any more. Digital signage is the way to go in promotional innovation and budget is no longer the dominating factor. Digital signage is all about consumer engagement. It levels the playing field, promotes the uniqueness of your business,…

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The Mini-PC: So Small, Yet So Many Uses

Over the past year, we’ve seen the rise of the mini-PC, a device with the processing power of a regular PC but far smaller in size. Many mini-PCs on the market can fit into the palm of your hand. And recent Quark processors from Intel are as small as an SD card. Remarkable. Revolutionary. The…

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