Past and future technologies
By D Kowensky and T Craven, H3iSquared
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Electricity+Control, April 2013 (pages 66 – 67)
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Within the ‘electricity+control’ industries, the focus in recent times has been on automation and the communications networks that allow devices to intercommunicate. Gone are the days of a technician or an engineer needing to travel to a site for each and every breakdown. These days (and as we move into the future) monitoring, troubleshooting and even regular maintenance such as firmware upgrading can all be handled from a central control room. However, the call for automation on these sites requires reliable, stable networks, known as ‘mission critical’ networks. Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) and bumpless redundancy, Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP), Human Machine Interface (HMI), manufacture and testing of customised solutions and 3D printing are just a few technologies that are in constant stages of development to make our lives easier.
- Many technologies are already becoming key to the future success of industry.
- Many future technologies will relate to how we communicate – both from equipment to equipment, human to equipment – and human to human.
- Technology advancement is speeding up – not slowing down.