THE NEXT BIG THING IN OPEN AUTOMATION IS HERE. ARE YOU READY?
Open Controllers… Open Networks… Open I/O devices… the world of Open Automation is here with the Raspberry Pi and other SBCs becoming the IBM PCs of our time. From educational projects to industry disrupting Industrial Automation applications, Open Architecture Control & I/O Systems are changing the way many OEMs and Systems Integrators are thinking when it comes to implementing their next automation project.
At WRC we believe the next few years will tell if this new generation of low cost SBCs and connected I/O will change the Automation Industry competitive landscape or fade away like so many other over-hyped automation technologies that have come and gone before.
No matter what happens, remember this when you hear people call single-board computers a “prototyping platform”, a “hobbyist toy” or an “educational tool”: we are about to start seeing these low cost SBCs everywhere! So the question is: Will your automation business be ready to take advantage of this new technology or become a victim of it like the once large corporations that fell to the lowly IBM PC?