dimanche 1 décembre 2019

What is IIoT? Discover the power of the Industrial Internet of Things (iioT)

What is IIoT?

IIoT is short for Industrial Internet of Things. In the broad strokes, it’s the application of instrumentation and connected sensors and other devices to machinery and vehicles in the transport, energy and industrial sectors.

What that means in practice varies widely.

One IIoT system could be as simple as a connected rat trap that texts home to say that it’s
been activated, while another might be as complicated as a fully automated mass production
line that tracks maintenance, productivity and even ordering and shipping information across a huge, multi-layered network.


Other examples can range from things like soil sensors in a connected agriculture setup
relaying nutrient and moisture data to a central hub for mapping and planning, to a production
line full of robots sending detailed information about automobile production and warning an
operator when important components are showing signs of wear and tear.

Automotive fleet management, manufacturing and the energy sector are probably the biggest
users of IIoT technology at this point, but retail and healthcare are seeing rapid growth
- retailers like the ability to track customers in their stores and deliver location-relevant
content (read: advertisements) in a targeted way, while healthcare providers can make sure
imaging and data from items like CT scanners and digital charts can move around freely.
Technologically, IIoT works on similar principals to any other piece of IoT tech – automated
instrumentation and reporting being applied to stuff that didn’t have those capabilities

That said, the scale of it is much different than a simple system that lets you mess with
your thermostat on your phone – hundreds, perhaps thousands or even tens and hundreds
of thousands of individual endpoints can be present in an IIoT deployment.
There are still definite issues around IIoT that need to be solved – making the best
use of all the data that an IIoT setup can generate isn’t simple, and requirements
for device service life and reliability are frequently stiff.

And just like consumer IoT, IIoT has a lot of security issues.

By now, everyone’s heard of the Mirai botnet, which leveraged poorly secured security cameras
and other gadgets into a huge DDoS weapon.
Even beyond that, there’s also the issue that those devices can allow access to valuable
data already on your network – yet another attack vector.

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