"Joy Global's plans point to what will become a rising arena of competition around IoT: Optimizing the performance of machines and the people who run them, in near real-time, and not just predicting and preventing things like when a machine might break down."
Chris, from management point of view they can have a better management of machine and man for more productivity. But whether it's acceptable for the employee/labour community? They don't want a bird's eye view for all their actions inside the work place. I know in many places, they wont allow even to install CCTVs saying it's an intrusion to their privacy.