Diagram showing the progression of the four Industrial Refolutions

Definition and a Brief History What is Industry 4.0, and how do drones and the construction industry fit in? Let’s step back for a minute and look at the history of industrialization to see how we got here. Industry 4.0 is the buzzword that people use to describe the fourth industrial revolution. The first industrial revolution was marked by the mechanization of production using water and steam power. The second industrial revolution, also known as the technological revolution, saw the implementation of electric power systems, assembly lines and railroads. This revolution further improved the scale and automation of our production as well as the distribution of goods. The third industrial revolution, also called the digital revolution, was marked by the implementation of computer systems and further automation. We are currently moving into the fourth industrial revolution with intelligent systems that increase data acquisition, sharing and processing to facilitate more streamlined …

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