Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and IP networks go together like bread and butter. In fact, the huge growth in IoT relies on access to IP-enabled networks in order to get the most out of the technology.
Today’s factories and manufacturing plants are familiar with industrial IP. The technology eases the task of configuration and operation, supports high data throughput, simplifies connectivity, and creates a link between the factory or plant and the corporate databases. The benefits are myriad: increased asset utilization; improved employee productivity; optimization of the supply chain; improved customer experience; and access to new capabilities.
Meanwhile, IoT is looking for ways to build useful interconnected products and make sure that they can connect with the necessary networks and devices to make the most of the connection. That task is both a simple and complex. There are four main components of an IoT system, according to Micrium:
- The IoT device
- A local network, including a gateway that translates proprietary communication protocols to the standard Internet protocol
- The Internet
- Back end services, enterprise data systems or PCs and mobile devices
The infographic below from Industrial IP Advantage lays out the numbers behind and the potential boons of strong IP networks and IoT when used together. Where are you finding the best benefit using the one-two punch of Idustrial IoT and IP networks? Let us know in the comments section below.
— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN