Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

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Contributor(s): Laura Aberle

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in manufacturing.

Also known as the Industrial Internet, IIoT incorporates machine learning and big data technology, harnessing the sensor data, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and automation technologies that have existed in industrial settings for years. The driving philosophy behind the IIoT is that smart machines are better than humans at accurately, consistently capturing and communicating data. This data can enable companies to pick up on inefficiencies and problems sooner, saving time and money and supporting business intelligence efforts. In manufacturing specifically, IIoT holds great potential for quality control, sustainable and green practices, supply chain traceability and overall supply chain efficiency.

A major concern surrounding the Industrial IoT is interoperability between devices and machines that use different protocols and have different architectures. The nonprofit Industrial Internet Consortium, founded in 2014, focuses on creating standards that promote open interoperability and the development of common architectures.

This was last updated in March 2015

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Has the Industrial IoT affected your organization's operations?
yes. industrial information transfer to iot related people is very difficult.
our expectation and iot output is totally different. how do salve this issue?
Just starting research with regards to IIOT, as I am involved in the planning of a future plant. I attended an event sponsored by a IIOT consortium last week, very informative.
Actually, the Industrial IoT refers to the application of IoT to a broader set of industries than just manufacturing. It includes various industries like healthcare, transportation, energy, even smart cities, retail and buildings. Check out the Industrial Internet Consortium for more.


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