The use of technology is growing exponentially in virtually every segment of the industrial marketplace, including mining, oil and gas, agriculture, transportation, heavy construction, military, municipalities, and government. Today’s industrial organizations have made, and continue to make, substantial capital investments in equipment and vehicle automation, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), process control systems (PCS), and communications infrastructure
to increase productivity, control costs, and streamline delivery of products and services. As a result, operations and assets are becoming increasingly interconnected. Massive amounts of data are being processed and stored electronically. Autonomy, the Internet of Things (IoT), and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications are generating volumes of critical information, and personnel are accessing applications and data wherever and whenever needed.