What is Industrial Internet of Things?
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the extension of the Internet of Things (IoT) into industrial environments. These environments require specialized products and solutions that have been ‘ruggedized’ to operate in extreme situations. They also typically require customization as many legacy technologies, such as controllers, still run on disparate communication protocols.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), also known as the Industrial Internet, brings together industrial machines, sensors, gateways, cloud computing, blockchain, advanced analytics, and people at workplace. It’s the network of a multitude of devices connected by communications technologies that results in systems that can monitor, collect, exchange, analyze, and deliver valuable new insights like never before. These insights can then help drive smarter, faster business decisions for industrial firms.
By combining machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, industrial big data analytics, technology, cyber security, HMI and SCADA, the IIoT is driving unprecedented levels of efficiency, productivity, and performance. And as a result, industrial companies in power and energy, oil and gas, manufacturing, healthcare, aviation, and many other industries are experiencing transformative operational and financial benefits.
IIoT solutions are part of the cyber-physical technologies that define the 4th Industrial Revolution, which encompasses additional solutions such as additive manufacturing, digitizing business processes, and advanced control systems. For manufacturers this translates to improved sustainability, less downtime, and more profitability across the factory floor.