The importance of Open Source for the Industry 4.0

Political and economic crisis, dollar on the rise, unpredictability. The current scenario of the Brazilian market, inopportunely, leads companies to review their plans and reduce costs to accompany pessimistic forecasts. However, to remain competitive, investment in innovation cannot be ignored. Innovation is a part of the constant search for relevance among so many players in the market.

In Brazil and in the world, the investment time is the IoT (Internet of Things), which allows the interconnection of real world objects with the virtual world through sensors, allowing the exchange of information about status, location, among other advantages.

Classic examples for the consumer are the connected car and the wearable technology, which through clothing and accessories, offers important information of the human body that can help an athlete who wants to improve his performance, or a patient to control the hours of medications needed for his survival.

For industry in general, IoT’s ability to operate and optimize processes in an entirely intelligent way, has inspired the term “Industry 4.0”. That is – the fourth industrial revolution is who will put the Internet of Things in the history books of the future.

This revolution in the technology industry has only become possible thanks to Open Source technologies. After all, this concept gives access to new technology standards as they are developed, expanding their use and accelerating their sharing among the technology community.

Responsible for the appearance of many softwares and systems, such as Linux, in the Open Source culture, software must be evaluated above all by technical criteria and, consequently, to promote economic and technological advantages. Purely commercial and individual interests lose space in this reality.

Open Source generates several new paths by allowing different heads from different places to work on a particular technology. It is above all a concept that democratizes the technology industry.

Without the Open Source culture, we would not have the multiple players we have today in the industry, most of them raised by restless youth. The entire innovation chain would still be in the hands of four or five companies, as it was just over ten years ago.

The acceleration of the pace of innovation in the technological community makes 10 years look like 100 years. And this, as well as the multiplicity of business opportunities we have today, is also the result of the freedom brought by the increasing adoption of Open Source technologies.



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