Tech Roadmap: Technologies For Remote Industrial Operations

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Executive Summary

This Tech Roadmap report clarifies the business value, pace of innovation and maturity of 28 technologies for remote industrial operations. Verdantix conducted a fact-based assessment of the maturity, innovation, future prospects and business value of each solution. Operations and plant managers responsible for selecting technologies for remote industrial operations should use this report to identify the technologies that can add value to their operations.  Technology buyers can use the Tech Roadmap methodology to identify new technologies for pilot projects and also to develop technology strategy plans. Risk averse firms should focus on the potential of technologies with proven business value which are in the growth or maturity phases of the technology lifecycle. Innovators and early adopters should take note of launch phase technologies. 

Table of contents

Introducing Tech Roadmap Analysis 
Key Questions Answered By Tech Roadmap Analysis 
Tech Roadmap Analysis Aligns With Remote Industrial Operations 

Tech Roadmap For Remote Industrial Operations 
Defining The Market For Remote Industrial Operations 

Methodology Overview 
Identifying The Five Market Phases Of Technology Maturity 
Three Technology Life Cycles Differentiate Business Value 
Technology Adoption And Success Influence Positioning 
Pace Of Innovation Determines The Time To The Next Life Cycle Phase 

Remote Industrial Operations Technology In Phase 1: Research And Development 
1.1 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite Internet 
1.2 Blockchain For Industry 

Remote Industrial Operations Technology In Phase 2: Launch 
2.1 Autonomous Vehicles For Industrial Use 
2.2 Computer Vision 
2.3 Video Analytics 
2.4 Prescriptive Analytics 
2.5 Industrial Internet Of Things (IIoT) Platforms 
2.6 Digital Twins For Industrial Facilities 
2.7 Simultaneous Localization And Mapping Software 
2.8 Industrial Wearables For Lone Worker Tracking 
2.9 Augmented Reality Solutions For Remote Assistance
2.10 Industrial Wearables For Hazardous Environment Monitoring 
2.11 Virtual Reality For Operator Training 

Remote Industrial Operations Technology In Phase 3: Growth 
3.1 Predictive Asset Failure Analytics 
3.2 IIoT Sensors For Asset Condition Monitoring 
3.3 Remote Operations Command And Control Centre 
3.4 Industrial Workforce Management Software 
3.5 Robots For Manufacturing 
3.6 Control Of Work Software 
3.7 IoT Asset Tracking Solutions 
3.8 Inspection Drones 
3.9 Mobile Apps For Operations And Maintenance 
3.10 Field Service Management Software 
3.11 RFID Asset Tracking Solutions 

Remote Industrial Operations Technology In Phase 4: Maturity  
4.1 Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition 
4.2 Distributed Control System 
4.3 EAM Software 
4.4 Fault Detection And Diagnostics Software 

Table of figures

Figure 1. Tech Roadmap For Remote Industrial Operations  

Organisations mentioned

Quentic, 3D Robotics, 3M, ABB, Accruent, ActSoft, Ada Mode, Adapt IT, ADLINK Technology, Aerieltronics, Aerovironment, AIRcable, Akselos, Alcumus, Altair, Altizon, Amazon, Ambarella, AMS, ANSYS, AnyLogic, Aptean, ARCADIS Gen, ARMS Reliability, Aruba Networks, AspenTech, Asset Panda, AssetWorks, AT&T, Atmel, Atonix Digital, ATTI, Augury, Autodesk, Autoguide Systems, Avetics, AVEVA, Aware360, Axis Communications, Axon, Ayantra, Ayata, Azena, Azuga, Bentley Systems, BeWhere, BHP, BigchainDB, BISTel, Blackline Safety, Blockchain Foundry, Bluetooth, BP, Braincube, BuildingIQ, Bürgerwindpark Hohenlohe, C3 AI, Caterpillar, CEMEX, Cenosco, CGI, Chain, Chooch AI, Chronicled, Cisco, Cognibox, Cognite, Cognizant, Colonial Pipeline, Comau, Commusoft, COMSOL, ConformIT, CopperTree, Corrigo, Corvex Connected Worker, Cosmo Tech, Cradlepoint, Crescent Point Energy, CSG, Cyberhawk, Damstra Technology, Dassault Systèmes, Davra, DevonWay, DJI, DNV ,, DroneDeploy, Dude Solutions, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, EasyMile, El-Watch, eMaint, Embark, Emerson, Emesent, Enablon, Encotech, Endevor, Enel X, Envision Digital, Envizi, EON Reality, Epson, Equivital, EROAD, Ethosh, Eurotech, Everbridge, Everledger, Exosite, Extronics, Facebook, FANUC, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), FieldAware, FieldEZ, FieldPower, FieldPulse, Fiix Software, Fluke, Flutura, Flyability, Flying Saucer Aerial Solutions, Fortum, FutureOn, GE Digital, GEMsoft7, GEOCONCEPT Group , GeoSLAM, Gill Sensors & Controls, GMS Development , GOARC, Google, GP Strategies, Groove Jones, Guardhat, Hexagon, Hexagon PPM, Hilti, Hitachi, Hitachi Energy, Hitachi Solutions, Honeywell, HORIBA MIRA, HSO, IBM, IFM Electronic, IFS, Igloo Vision, Imageworks, Immerse, Immersive Factory, Industrial Scientific, Industrial Training International, Infor, Infor-Hexago, Ingram Micro, Innovapptive, Insitu, InstaVR, Intel, Intelex Technologies, Intenseye, Interaptix, International Federation of Robotics, International ThermoDyne, iOFFICE, IPS-Energy, Itus Digital, JCB, JGC, Johnson Controls, Kawasaki, KeepTruckin, KGS Buildings, Khora, Knowledge Lens, Komatsu, Kongsberg Digital, Kongsberg Maritime, KUKA, Lanner, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Librestream, Litmus, Lockheed Martin, Logical Safety, LONEALERT, Machine Sentry, Mainsaver, Martek, Massterly, MathWorks, Measure, Metegrity, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, Mize, Modjoul, MODS Management, Motorola (Cape Aerial Telepresence), MPS Interactive, MSI Data, NACHi, National Oilwell Varco (NOV), Netki, Newmont, Nidec, NiSoft, NORCAT, NuGen Automation, Nuvolo, Oasis Labs, Omega Grid, Omron, Oneserve, OneWeb, Oracle, OTTO Motors, OverIT, Parrot, Parsable, Particle, Pathfindr, Peoplesafe, phil-vision, PIXO, Planon, Plex, Pragma, Praxedo, PrecisionHawk, Proceedix, Process Systems Enterprise, ProcessMAP, Profitect, Program-Ace, Prometheus Group, ProntoForms, PTC, Qii.AI, QinetiQ, Ramco Systems, Raytheon Technologies, RCS Global, Realwear, Redsquid, Resonai, Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network, Rio Tinto, Rockwell Automation, Royal HaskoningDHV Digital, S3-ID, Salesforce, Samsara, Samsung SDS, Sandvik, SAP, Scania, Schneider Electric, Seebo, Seeq, Sellafield, Senseye, Sentient Computing, ServiceChannel, ServiceNow, Sevensense, Siemens, Sigga Technologies, Sky, Skydio, SkyFoundry, Sky-Futures, Skysens, SmartMakers, Software AG, SolePower, Solera, SparkCognition, Spec Sensors, Sphera, Spring Labs, Starlink, Stäubli, StaySafe, STEMMER IMAGING, STRIVR, SunPower, Switch Automation, Symphony IndustrialAI, SyncFab, Talespin, TE Connectivity, Telit, TenForce, Tesla, Thales, TotalMobile, TracLogik, Trendminer, Triax Technologies, Trimble, Ubiquicom, Ultimo, Universal Robots, UpKeep, Upknowledge, Uptake, Utility Detection & Mapping (UDM), Valve, VelocityEHS, Vernier, VironIT,, Volvo, VRdirect, Xage Security, Yaskawa, Yokogawa, Yokogawa RAP, Yuneec, Zaptic, Zebra Technologies, Zinier

About the authors

Thomas Weald


Thomas is an analyst in the Verdantix Operational Excellence practice. His research agenda focusses on technologies that aid in the transition to remote operations such as drones, augmented reality (AR), and digital twins. He holds an MChem from the University of Oxford.

Malavika Tohani

Research Director

Malavika leads the Verdantix Operational Excellence practice. Her current research agenda focuses on digital technologies for Operational Excellence including digital twins and software solutions for industrial risk and asset management. Malavika has over 15 years’ experience in research and strategy consulting. Malavika previously worked at Frost & Sullivan, managing and delivering advisory projects for clients involving expansion, acquisition, benchmarking and product development strategies. Malavika holds a MSc in Economics from Madras School of Economics.

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