The New Frontier of Industry
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) involves using a network of intelligent and connected devices to collect, exchange, and analyze data for industrial applications.
In IIoT, smart devices and sensors are installed on industrial equipment that collect data regarding temperature, pressure, speed, and other parameters.
Robust, secure networks carry the insights for data processing and analytics. Automation and control systems then use the data to control and optimize operations.
Data Mines in the Industrial Frontier
The massive amount of data generated by IIoT initiatives is leveraged for process improvements, predictive maintenance, and to support decision making.
In 1968, Dick Morley invents the programmable logic controller (PLC), unlocking industrial automation possibilities.
The foundation for IIoT is set in the 1980s with the standardization of Ethernet and the creation of HTTP. The advancements are crucial for IIoT communications and web-based applications.
The Virtual Stampede
In 2002, Amazon launches its web services platform, AWS, which plays a significant role in IIoT’s adoption. Also in the 2000s, advancements in small devices, batteries, and solar energy boost IIoT’s functionality.
In the 2010s, IIoT sensor prices drop significantly, making the technology accessible to diverse organizations across industries.
IIoT vs. IoT
IIoT is about improving industrial processes, while Internet of Things (IoT) is more consumer-oriented.
The IIoT Boom of Today
In 2021, the number of connected devices surpasses non-connected devices. In industry, the most popular applications are predictive maintenance, industrial automation, robotics, and logistics.