In this second part of a two part Cloudbook series, Dr. Timothy Chou introduces us to a number of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions being deployed for the enterprise today. The first part is Precision: Principles and Practices. The Cloudbook version (available on mobile and online) includes Precision the movie, book text read like an ebook, slide images and exams.

Precision: Solutions puts the Precision IoT framework into practice highlighting solutions across many industries such as power, water, healthcare, transportation, oil & gas, construction, agriculture, gene sequencers and mining.

The intended audience includes both technical and business people who are either manufacturers of enterprise Things, or companies who use those Things in the operations of their businesses.

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1. IntroductionThe first Cloudbook described the fundamental technologies required to build Internet of Things (IoT) applications. This Cloudbook takes the point of view of the manufacturer of precision machines and the services that use those machines to provide precision services. It is organized as a series of cases designed to be read by technologists and business people.
2. Precision MailingThis case story will focus on Pitney Bowes' CIO Roger Pilc and his team’s work in enterprise business solutions, which offers equipment and services to enable large enterprises to create large-scale mailings including bills and statements.
3. Precision TrainsThis case story introduces Greg Hrebek, the director of engineering at New York Air Brake (NYAB) and how NYAB has been increasingly using information from Things to improve operational efficiency.
4. Precision MiningThis case story describes how Joy Global, a leading producer of mining systems, equipment, parts and services for underground and surface mining of coal, copper, iron ore, oil sands, gold and other mineral resources, deploys IOT. This chapter focuses on Joy Global’s longwall systems, used in coal mining.
5. Precision Gene SequencersThis case story describes how the market leader in gene sequencers Illumina utilizes IOT, with a focus on the Illumina MiniSeq DNA sequencing system.
6. Precision Agriculture MachinesThis case story introduces Paul Blackmore, who has worked for AGCO for more than twenty years, and how the AGCO Corporation -- a multi-billion-dollar manufacturer of agricultural equipment -- utilizes IOT, with a focus on the Gleaner-brand combine.
7. Precision BuildingsThis case story introduces Leroy Walden, Vice President of McKenney’s Inc. a mechanical contractor in the Southeast that offers a full range of services, including heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), process piping, plumbing, service and maintenance, and building automation and control systems, and how McKenney’s joined Gulf Power and Chevron Energy Solutions to implement a new energy management system at Eglin Air Force Base (Eglin).
8. Precision ConstructionThis case study introduces how a major construction equipment rental company, which offers thousands of classes of equipment to construction and industrial companies, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, and even homeowners, deploys IOT with a focus on the SAE J1939 -- the business standard in the world of heavy equipment for communication and diagnostics among vehicle components.
9. Precision HealthcareThis case story discuses how the UC Irvine medical center under the leadership of Charles Boicey an informatics solution architect has piloted a new technology to frequently monitor and transmit patient vital signs.
10. Precision Oil and GasThis case story focuses on the use of IOT on Oil and gas production platforms.
11. Precision PowerThis case story discusses the use of a particular kind of Thing in the power industry by Duke Energy — a phasor measurement unit (PMU) — which is a device that measures the electrical waves on an electricity grid using a common time source for synchronization.
12. Precision FarmingThis case story with Nick August at August Farms located in the Cotswolds area of England illustrates the complexity of using multiple machines from multiple generations of technology and multiple sensors to enable the delivery of precision farming products.
13. Precision WaterThis case story follows Adam Setzler at McCrometer which designs, builds and sells robust and reliable mechanical flow meters. Here we’ll discuss a couple of sensors that McCrometer sells, including water-flow meters, weather stations and soil-moisture meters.
14. Summary - SolutionsThis summary will discuss some of the steps available to builders of enterprise Things to begin the digital transformation of their businesses.
  • Number of Chapters: 13
  • Watch: 2 hrs and 27 mins of video (one video per chapter)
  • Read: 22,635 words in total
  • Tell: 161 pictures from the book you can use to discuss
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Cloudbook, Inc.; (Initially published May 6, 2016)
  • Current Version: 1.2
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Figuring out how to best capitalize on the Industrial Internet can be daunting and confusing. Here in Precision, Dr. Chou is helping to demystify the processes behind getting better outcomes from assets of any kind – machines, real estate, people, factories, etc.; from the initial setup of an organization’s IOT framework to defining the principles behind the operations and on to examples and best practices. With a proven case study approach, Timothy has gathered the right examples to help leaders grasp what they need to do and how to do it.

William Ruh, Chief Digital Office, General Electric

The promise of the Internet of Things isn't delivered by connected devices or machines. The promise is in the data that they generate and the insight that can be mined from it. Dr. Chou's IoT Framework presents an excellent roadmap for enterprises struggling to transition the IoT promise to realized value.

Dr. James Goodnight, CEO, SAS

Precision is an accurate, insightful presentation of the complex challenges facing data scientists, technologists and businesspeople who are solving some of the world's biggest operational challenges through the Internet of Things, machine-generated big data and machine learning. If you want to go beyond the hype and really understand what the Internet of Things is today, what it could become tomorrow, and how you can gain value from it, Precision should be in your library.

Godfrey Sullivan, Chairman, Splunk

As an investor and business manager I find Tim Chou’s books uniquely informative, clear and timely. Tim identifies important technologies early in their emergence. His clear explanations dispel the fog of jargon and hype. He provides cogent examples of companies implementing IoT to solve genuine business problems and of companies building IoT solutions for profit. His books should be essential reading for any business person touched by technology. Which is everyone.

Mick Hellman Founder and Managing Partner, HMI Capital, LLC

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