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.
Source: Automation World