Control Engineering’s Machine Safety Blog: Machine Safety guru JB Titus blogs: BYOD, Machine Safety & Industrial Mobile Apps

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Bring your own device (BYOD) is the new rage. Articles (see below) describe the practice and the IT departments are scrambling. How in the world will companies maintain control over safety and security?

Think of the situation this way. We now have had several years of technically based employees coming out of universities into industry, and most of their class work involved e-mail communication, electronic text books, smart phones allowed into class rooms, social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook), and research via Google or Mozilla Firefox. Text books and conventional libraries are significantly less involved. These key employees are now in technical roles in industry, and their friends are iPhones, iPads, Nooks, Blackberries, Androids…and the list goes on.

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