SAIMC Johannesburg branch talks IIoT

March 19th, 2018, Published in Articles: EngineerIT

From left: Anne de Beer, Andries Mokoakoe, Johan Huisaman, and Robert Wright.

The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC) Johannesburg branch monthly technical evening took place on 14 March at the Bryanston Sports Club. Anne de Beer welcomed the guests to her first event since taking up the position of Johannesburg branch chairperson, replacing Mike Banda.

The well-attended event was hosted by RJ Connect, featuring a presentation by the company’s managing director, Robert Wright. Wright began on the topic of the industrial internet of things (IIoT), saying “IIoT is just a bit like old wine in a new bottle – isn’t is just a fancy term for remote monitoring?” He objected this perspective, citing that being able to host data offsite, securely in the cloud makes IIoT more than just remote monitoring. However, he said that the sheer amount of applications of IIoT make it overwhelming and prevents its adoption. In response to this, two of the company’s field application engineers, Johan Huisaman and Andries Mokoakoe, gave demonstrations on the systems available to optimise the implementation of the IIoT – namely Microsoft Azure IoT suite, and NodeRed (an open source option).

The next technical evening will take place on 11 April, hosted by TurboTrain at their premises in Moddercrest Office Park, Modderfontein.