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Aug 30, 2018

Peggy and John Pletz, senior reporter, Crain’s Chicago Business, discuss the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Chicago. Companies are trying to figure out how to use data to make manufacturing better, faster, and smarter, he explains. Still, many manufacturers are at the early stages. While there are sensors that are cheap enough to be on machines, the hard part is pulling it all in and making sense of it, he adds. They also discuss sensors in buildings, and he says new buildings are being built with the idea of sensors and data on the front end—and then a lot of buildings are being retrofitted with digital controls as well. This is allowing building operators to improve efficiency.