Precision Industries Class

Precision Industries introduces a vendor-neutral, acronym-free IoT framework. The course then continues to describe principles behind each layer of this framework and these principles put into practice with real world use cases. The course then applies this framework to describe 14 IOT stories across 10 different industries.

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

Upon completion of all exams included in the course, you will receive a certification that you can post on your Linkedin profile, as well as badges you can share with your Facebook and Twitter followers.

Price: $19.99

You may not be sure why your coffee pot should talk to your toaster, but precision technology powering an Internet of Things has the potential to reshape our planet. To help clarify, Dr. Timothy Chou (Lecturer at Stanford University) created Precision to introduce us to the basics of the Internet of Things, with a focus on business solutions.

The first part of Precision Industries introduces a vendor-neutral, acronym-free, five layer framework to help us better understand the Internet of Things. The module then dives into each layer of the framework in more detail: You learn about Things (after all we are talking about the "Internet of Things"), how they Connect to the network, how to Collect data coming from these networked machines, what can be done to Learn from this data, and, finally, what you can Do differently given learned insights from deployed IoT solutions. The course highlights both fundamental Principles, as well as many real-world examples put into Practice.

The second part which provides 14 case stories across a number of industries, such as agriculture, healthcare, transportation, oil & gas, mining, construction, power and water. These case stories are written using the five layer framework described earlier. In addition, the case stories are created from the perspective of companies that build machines (e.g., gene sequencers, wind turbines, combine-harvesters), as well as from the viewpoint of enterprises that use machines (e.g., utilities, hospitals and farms).

The course can be leveraged by both business- and technology-oriented individuals across all departments (including engineering, operations, IT, senior. management, marketing, sales and customer service) to provide a common language and understanding to help align a company’s IoT strategy, plans and processes.

Precision: Principles and Practices for IoT

All ten quizzes in these modules must be passed to receive the Certificate of Completion.

Section Description
Introduction There is a lot of hype around IOT. In this chapter we introduce a vendor-neutral, acronym-free framework consisting of five major components: Things, Connect, Collect, Learn, and Do. We’ll use the word Things, enterprise things and machines interchangeably.
IOT Framework Whether you’re building, buying, selling or investing in technology to enable enterprise IoT applications, this chapter describes an IOT framework you can use to understand the various components or parts of the industry
Thing Principals As a manufacturer of any modern machine, it’s now possible to put a lot of sensors to work. Even the cell phone in your hand can have 14 different sensors. Precision machines will also be software enabled, which requires you to make decisions about the computer architecture and the software environment, all of this will need to fit into packages which have cost and environmental constraints. And finally in the modern world you’ll need to think about security.
Things in Practice This chapter shows cases of next generation Things in a variety of industries: consumer, construction, telecommunications, power, oil and gas, healthcare, biotech, transportation, agriculture, and manufacturing.
Connect Principles Connecting things requires a diverse set of technologies based on the amount of data that needs to be transmitted, how far it needs to go, and how much power you have. Furthermore you have many choices at a higher level on how to manage the connection, as well as how the connection is protection and secured. In this chapter we’ll give you a brief tutorial on networking and some of the fundamental principles.
Connect in Practice This chapter shows cases of the multiple ways Things can be connected across a variety of industries: consumer, construction, telecommunications, power, oil and gas, healthcare, biotech, transportation, agriculture, and manufacturing.
Collect Principles Things aren’t people. One of the ways that’s true is the volume of data that can be generated by things will be orders of magnitude larger that applications of the Internet of People. In this chapter we’ll cover some fundamental ways Thing data might be collected and stored. This includes in-memory databases, noSQL, and time-series collection architectures.
Collect in Practice This chapter shows cases of the multiple ways in which data can be collected across a variety of industries: consumer, construction, telecommunications, power, oil and gas, healthcare, biotech, transportation, agriculture, and manufacturing.
Learn Principles In the last generation of enterprise software we first focused on transaction processing and workflow applications and then used BI and OLAP applications to learn from the data. This time let’s use technology to learn from data; we’ll cover visualization, statistics, regression, and machine learning.
Learn in Practice In the last generation of enterprise software we first focused on transaction processing and workflow applications and then used BI and OLAP applications to learn from the data. This time let’s use technology to learn from data; we’ll cover visualization, statistics, regression, and machine learning.
Do Principles Outcomes. What are the outcomes? What does all of this technology to connect, collect and learn do? In this chapter we’ll discuss three major business benefits to the producers of modern machines, and three major benefits to the consumers.
Do in Practice We’ll cover cases across a variety of industries: consumer, construction, telecommunications, power, oil and gas, healthcare, biotech, transportation, agriculture, and manufacturing..
Summary This chapter will wrap up the introduction and discuss how these technologies can transform businesses..

Precision: Solutions for IoT

The quizzes in these modules are not required to be passed to receive the Certificate of Completion.

Section Description
Introduction - Solutions The 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.
Precision Mailing This 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.
Precision Trains This 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.
Precision Mining This 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.
Precision Gene Sequencers This case story describes how the market leader in gene sequencers Illumina utilizes IOT, with a focus on the Illumina MiniSeq DNA sequencing system.
Precision Agriculture Machines This 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.
Precision Buildings This 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).
Precision Construction This 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.
Precision Healthcare This 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.
Precision Oil and Gas This case story focuses on the use of IOT on Oil and gas production platforms.
Precision Power This 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.
Precision Farming This 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.
Precision Water This 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.
Precision Cooling Tower This case story describes how standard cooling towers, which typically use toxic chemicals to treat the water used to facilitate cooling, present two fundamental challenges. First, a lot of water is wasted, as the resulting contaminated water must be expensively discharged to the sewer versus being reused for instance as landscape irrigation. And, second, if there is a malfunction in the cooling tower's system, there is significant risk of a resulting bacterial outbreak that can threaten human safety. In response, this story describes how Griswold Water Systems and Autodesk worked together to deploy IoT technology to make cooling towers both more efficient in water usage, as well as safer for the public.
Precision Race Car This case story follows Sam Schmidt's story. Paralyzed from the neck down after a terrible crash at the Walt Disney World Speedway, it looked like Sam's race days were finished. However, Arrow Electronics and some its partners joined Sam to build a Precision Race Car utilizing IoT technologies to put Sam back on the racetrack.
Summary - Solutions This summary will discuss some of the steps available to builders of enterprise Things to begin the digital transformation of their businesses.


This course is based on the book Precision: Principles, Practices and Solutions for the Internet of Things by Dr Timothy Chou, which is widely available at major retailers in both paperback and eBook formats.

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Participant Ratings

  • Excellent: 41%
  • Very Good: 45%
  • Good: 14%


Example Reviews

Dr. James Goodnight

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

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Godfrey Sulliva

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

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Rob Bearden

IoT represents a real opportunity for new enterprise applications. Precision does an excellent job of identifying the key attributes of the technologies that will be required to connect and collect data from Things and turn them into game-changing insights and business models.

Rob Bearden, CEO, Hortonworks

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Vinod Kumar

Our ability to capture and process the data coming from the inter-connectivity of things is critical. Connected devices have increasingly more to tell us. Precision sheds light on the technical and organizational challenges that lay ahead on this next major step in enterprise computing, and shares many real solutions implemented in the world of IoT today.

Vinod Kumar, CEO of Tata Communications Group

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Martin Richenhagen

A glimpse into how modern technology will affect methods of doing business today, tomorrow and for future generations. This is a must read informative guide for anyone who is truly connected. Read it. Read all of it.

Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and CEO, AGCO

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Bill Ruh

Excerpt from Foreword, written by Bill Ruh

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

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Bruce Kroght

In addition to providing an excellent introduction to the concepts and technologies underpinning the Internet of Things, Precision explains how it will change how we do everything, especially in the developing world, where the absence of legacy systems makes it a greenfield for IoT innovations.

[Professor] Bruce Krogh, Director, Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda

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Helge Jacobsen

Love the framework and the practical approach. It has already helped me identify strengths and gaps in our current IoT strategy.

Helge Jacobsen, Vice President Operations Excellency, United Rentals

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Jane Ren

Truly impressive work. Most remarkable is the simple, intuitive and consistent framework. It can be consumed by every audience, plus a rich set of cases, making the whole lofty IoT so close to us and so much more real that it can be touched right there with your fingers. To the CIO/CTOs who are still scratching their heads where to start, this will give them a sense of direction and a sense of urgency.

Jane Ren, President, Atomiton, Inc. Former Chief Business Architect, General Electric

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Mark Taylor

I’m devouring this. Scary isn’t it? [I] might be becoming a techie.

Mark Taylor, President, Global OEM Computing Solutions Arrow Electronics

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Anthony Chang

Timothy Chou has authored an outstanding compendium of relevant issues and real life applications of Internet of Things. As an ardent aficionado of artificial intelligence, I find this work to be beyond calculable value for understanding the essence of interconnectivity and artificial intelligence.

Dr Anthony Chang, Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer Children's Hospital of Orange County

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Mick Hellman

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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Paul Blackmore

Reading this thought provoking and insightful text is at the same time fascinating and worrying since it explores and explains the potential of the technology but also makes one realise that the speed and scope of the changes that lie before us as the digital age accelerates are significantly beyond what most people ever imagined only a couple of years ago.

Paul Blackmore, Managing Director Blackmore Contract Services (Former VP of Special Services AGCO)

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Dr. James Goodnight

Dr. Chou’s very clear analysis of the transformative wave of the ‘Internet of Things’ is both practical and visionary, and is an excellent starting point for business and technology professionals. With real-world examples, Precision provides the foundational understanding of the Industrial Internet of Things required in today’s physical and digital world of commerce.”

Roger Pilc, Chief Innovation Officer, Pitney Bowes

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Precision Industries includes 22 quizzes. Each quiz has 10 multiple-choice questions. Each quiz requires a 7 out of 10 correct to pass. A quiz can be taken multiple times; however, the order of the questions changes randomly each time a quiz is taken.

Upon successful completion of all quizzes, the individual will receive the following:

  • A certificate sent via email announcing the individual has completed the course
  • Instructions on how to post this certificate on the individual's Linkedin profile
  • Instructions on how to share a completion badge with your Facebook and Twitter followers

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