The industry trend is smarter devices with software based services exploiting the increased connectivity, bandwidth, computational capabilities and power efficiency, combined with the scalability and cost advantages of cloud computing. In 800xA this is the element the empower collaboration within and between plants, among people, system services and devices. All enabled by the use of the devices, the so called Internet of Things (IoT), as collaboration hubs. This forms the foundation for the information sharing, between People, Systems and Things, required to improve decision making and automation for optimal productivity now and in the future.
There are many services in industrial plants, transforming processing and manufacturing, e.g. collecting large quantities of device data for subsequent (big) data analytics to support predictive maintenance. It is also possible to envision the big data analytics as part of closed control loops, and act based on the analytic information in real-time.