Okay, we get it, asset connectivity is the next revolution of humanity, and its impact will arguably match or surpass those of the Industrial Revolution and the Internet. Global leaders of industry are blazing a path to a connected world where tech acronyms are the new norm in job titles and $1B enterprise initiatives, i.e. IoT (Internet of Things), IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), IoE (Internet of Everything), M2M (Machine to Machine), TOIs (Things of Interest), to name a few, but what does it really mean for you and me?

Networking industry leader Cisco estimates that 50B ‘things’ will be connected to the Internet by 2020, up 100% from 2015, and will subsequently grow to 500B after that – that network IP traffic will triple over time. Today, with 200 connectable ‘things’ per person in the world today, 99.4% of physical objects are still unconnected.

In a time when we read about breaches across government agencies, big-box retailers, financial institutions, and even security providers themselves, it is sometimes difficult to really see an impact other than exposure, vulnerability, and threat where the only clear value becomes an insurance policy with upgraded systems and firewalls for the masses. However, what can confidently be stated and will be discussed in this writing is that when working closely with marine power system end users, clear and quantifiable benefits can be had for Internet-connected power assets and intelligent power systems in critical high horsepower marine applications.

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