If I created a new app called PROFINET Go I’m pretty sure it would not be as popular as Pokémon Go. If pokemon-goyou’re not familiar with Pokémon Go, first of all, where the heck have you been; second, here’s what it is in the rare event you’ve missed it: recycled pocket monsters (Pokémon) from the 80’s appear in your smart phone Pokémon Go app by utilizing your camera and GPS, creating virtual reality appearances of the beasties. You collect them and somehow this is addicting.

My mental specification for PROFINET Go is different. My virtual reality app will superimpose the PROFINET logo on actual places where PROFINET is used. This will make up for all the published application stories I read that do not mention PROFINET, but I know PROFINET is really there. (These stories don’t mention the use of electricity either – PROFINET and electricity are just part of the expected infrastructure apparently.)

PROFINET_GO_PhoneThat auto plant you pass every day on the way to work – PROFINET is there.

The water treatment plant in your town – PROFINET is there.

The mobile fracking chemical plant that was towed past you – PROFINET is there.

The grain elevators throughout Middle America – PROFINET is there.

The food plant making cookies or potato chips – PROFINET is there.

The airplane factory – PROFINET is there.

They should all just put a PROFINET logo on their buildings then I would not need to imagine the PROFINET GO app.

Until the PROFINET Go app appears, at least you can download the PROFINEWS app.

–Carl Henning