From Information Week:
Internet Of Things: What’s Holding Us Back
The likes of Union Pacific, GE Power & Water, and ConocoPhillips are turning IoT hype into reality, but they want to do more. Here’s what’s still getting in the way.To see the problems in building the so-called Internet of Things, look at the trackside switches in what the railroad industry calls “dark territory.” These switches are important — if one is in the wrong position, a train could go off on a sidetrack spur at normal track speed and derail. But these areas are called dark territory because they’re lightly used stretches of track in remote areas, where there are no automated signals, and probably no power lines and cellular links. Train operators must visually check that each switch is in the right position.
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