The Internet of Things (IoT) was first recognized as a concept in 1999. It refers to the ever-growing web of network-enabled devices we interact with on a daily basis. From smartphones and wearable technology like Fitbit, to cars and streetlights, a vast multitude of objects and machines now have wireless Internet connectivity and data-tracking capabilities.
At Horner Automation, we have always made it a priority to adapt our automation systems to the latest computing technology. We have made no exception with the IoT. Horner has stepped into the industrial IoT with WebMI, our new software that allows you to access your Horner OCS from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
According to projections from research firm Gartner, the number of connected devices in the industrial IoT is expected to double -- and, in the automotive sector, grow by five times. As the industrial sector becomes more mobile and better networked, Horner will be there to provide wireless industrial automation solutions to meet your needs.
As convenient as the IoT can be, it does not come without concerns. As the number of connected devices increases, the risks to cybersecurity increase. What happens if your network goes down? What happens if someone gains access to controls or data they aren’t permitted to access? Events like these could result in corruption of important data, loss of productivity, system failure, or hazardous working conditions.
We have taken these risks into consideration with the development of WebMI. External threats to your networked automation devices are cut off by128-bit SSL encryption and industry standard hash security. Internally, you never have to worry about WebMI putting undue strain on your network. Because WebMI is enabled through the microSD card in your OCS controller, it can operate within your existing IT structure without overstressing it. This ensures continued network uptime.
WebMI also includes features that protect your networked devices through a series of permissions under your control. Devices must be registered in WebMI to have any access to your OCS, the operations it controls, or the data it collects. You can also restrict the screens that can be accessed by each registered device -- and what can be controlled from those screens. This ensures you have full control over access, preventing unauthorized or untrained staff from accessing sensitive data or processes.
Horner is proud to continuously evolve to meet the technological needs of the industrial sector. As the web and automation continue to come together through the industrial IoT, we will continue to provide solutions to improve productivity, efficiency, and safety.