GE study pimps ‘industrial Internet’
How’s that SCADA security going, gentlemen?
General Electric thinks that as much as $US15 billion could be added to global industrial output, merely by connecting global industrial operations to the Internet.
The report (PDF), Unleashing the Industrial Internet: "Pushing the Boundaries of Minds and Machines", paints the kind of futuristic picture that Vulture South seems to recall from the 1990s. For example, the world’s 20,000 commercial jets have a total of 43,000 jet engines in service.
“Each jet engine, in turn, contains three major pieces of rotating equipment which could be instrumented and monitored separately,” it says – all of which, in a world of “intelligent aircraft”, could communicate with operators over the Internet.
And so on:
“We estimate that the technical innovations of the Industrial Internet could find direct application in sectors accounting for more than $32.3 trillion in economic activity. As the global economy grows, the potential application of the Industrial Internet will expand as well. By 2025 it could be applicable to $82 trillion of output or approximately one half of the global economy”, the report continues.
While there’s no doubt that industrial automation is at best a work in progress, with a lot of efficiency still to be achieved, The Register can’t help but wonder whether the public Internet can ever be a good place for industrial control systems. ®
There's always two sides - the vendor's view and the full facts
As usual, a vendor with a product or service to sell will only tell you the supposed benefits. It's up to you to find out the downside. A bit unbalanced, really.
Sometimes companies buying things is like watching children at play - they've no idea, they're just attracted to the twinkling lights.
does this story fill me with fear?
It must be something the beancounters have seen and thought "great that will save us money" only to be taken up by the directors who see " save us money" and filter down to the engineers who bang their collective heads on the tables while crying "god nooooooooooooooooooooooooo"
And thusly the first scada worm arrives in power distribution net and all of a sudden we're running on 352V at 35Hz
What could possibly go wrong?
Someone had to say it...