Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
Infrastructure Networks is ready for the Industrial Internet of Things
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) incorporates sensor data, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and automated technologies that currently exist. The driving force behind IIoT is that smart machines will enhance the collection of critical data and communicate that data to the devices and people that can utilize it. The data that is acquired will enable companies to visualize how their assets and processes behave in real time. By utilizing data that has not been available to them previously, companies can improve operational efficiencies. With the emergence of new connected ecosystems and advanced software platforms, the result will be unprecedented levels of productivity and a more engaging work experience.
The Industrial Internet of Things, through the integration of low cost wireless communications technologies, such as LTE, will allow devices in the physical world of sensors, data gathering devices and machines to connect to the Internet. Applying analytical tools embedded in advanced software will turn massive amounts of data into powerful new insight and intelligence. We are entering a new era of wireless communication leading to a profound transformation, as the digital world is maximizing the efficiency of our most critical physical assets.
Infrastructure Networks’ (INET) private LTE network is ready to connect the IIoT. LTE is the future-proof technology for IIoT connectivity. LTE chipsets currently exist to enable low-cost, lower-power IIoT devices. The international LTE governing body (3GPP) is standardizing a version of the of the LTE standard specifically for IIoT. In September, members of the 3GPP committee agreed to define a standard for IIoT that is focused on devices that send small amounts of data and rely on battery power. The IIoT, through the use of sensors, advanced analytics and intelligent systems, will transform the way distributed assets connect and communicate with the enterprise.
Gartner, a world’s leading information technology Research and Advisory Company states, “In 2020, 25 billion connected things will be in use”, up from 4.9 billion in 2015. The IIoT is a significant sub-segment and includes the digital oilfield, advanced manufacturing, grid automation, and smart cities. We are experiencing incredible innovation around the Internet as it accelerates the connection of objects not only with humans but with other objects as well. Every Industry will change and Infrastructure Networks is ready!