3 Cross-Industry Applications of IIoT


Talk about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)—and its ability to bring unparalleled efficiencies to all industries—is intensifying. But what exactly does it look like in practice? As a starting point, we can look to the local government, utilities and waste sectors for lessons on how they’ve gained visibility and improved services using IIoT technologies.

Before I detail some examples, a brief reminder of what exactly an IIoT solution looks like. They typically include:

  • Things—Internet-enabled devices or sensors.
  • Connectivity—Connection of the things between each other, a process, software system or network.
  • Communication—How they connect with 3G, 4G (or soon to be 5G), Sigfox or LoRaWAN.
  • Data—Data and how it is collected, stored and processed is central to the value of IIoT.
  • Cloud platform—Centralized, secure third-party cloud services can host the data.
  • Analytics dashboard/software—For analyzing data, monitoring and/or controlling assets.
  • Intelligence and action—The collected data must be analyzed using either humans or artificial intelligence (AI). The action taken as a result of this analysis can also be decided and executed by humans or machines.

With that out of the way, following are three examples of IIoT.

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Source: Automation World