Stephen Lawson: Industrial IoT still needs humans -- and user interfaces

IoT is getting more automated, but not everything can be done by machines. An engineer who's been working with a system for decades has insights that machines can't grasp, so sometimes it's a human making the tough calls.

General Electric now offers a way to design that engineer's virtual dashboard. The system, called Predix UI, is for enterprises developing applications on GE's Predix cloud platform.

Predix is a development and hosting platform for industrial IoT applications that started shipping widely last week. Enterprises can use Predix for applications to monitor and manage a variety of IoT systems, not just those made by GE. The apps can run on the enterprise's own cloud or on GE's.