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A real pleasure to welcome Bob Meads to the studio today. Bob is the CEO of iQagent. From their website: iQagent is the plant floor mobility maintenance app that recognizes equipment and displays relevant process data, schematics and other resources; resolve downtime events faster through better and more efficient communication with support personnel.
Top Five Key Takeaways from today’s show:
1. We discuss the future of augmented reality in manufacturing. But Bob takes it a step further, and defines and describes “practical” augmented reality.
2. We discuss the advantages of enterprise mobility and BYPD into industrial environments.
3. We discuss the reasons enterprise AR is a necessity for the future of the manufacturing sector.
4. On a plant floor, significant money is lost when there is downtown from down machines. We discuss how iQagent can save both time and money.
5. How to make better AND real-time use of big data.
About Bob Meads:
Bob has a diverse technology-based background which began when he joined the Navy in 1984. As an Electronics Technician serving aboard submarines and various surface vessels, Bob worked on inertial navigation systems, RADAR, HF communication systems and cryptographic equipment. Bob’s Navy career was highlighted with several performance awards, culminating in being named Surface Forces Atlantic Fleet Sailor of The Year for 1990. After the Navy, Bob became a production engineer at NEC Technologies in McDonough, GA, a manufacturer of computer monitors and external CD-ROM drives. Bob served as group leader for 12 electronic technicians and became involved in defining manufacturing processes and production testing for the MultiSync series computer monitors and external CD-ROM drives.
Bob left NEC in 1994 to pursue a newfound interest in developing software, receiving a BS in Computer Science and Electronic Technology from Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, GA. He then took a position at Siemens Energy and Automation in Alpharetta, GA working with new Windows-based Human Machine Interface (HMI) development software called WinCC. When the position moved to New Jersey, Bob started his first company, iQuest, in 1998, as an HMI and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Consultant and automation integrator. Today, Bob still runs iQuest, and has started a new company, iQagent, Inc., a mobile software company whose goal is to provide applications and software for the plant floor. Their flagship product, iQagent, is a “practical Augmented Reality“ product that helps companies reduce costs by providing instant access to resources based on equipment it recognizes in manufacturing and production spaces.
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